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Karl Ricks Anderson is a Latter-day Saint historian whose specialty is the Kirtland period in the history of the Latter-day Saints. He is a brother of Richard Lloyd Anderson and they were the second recipients of the Junius F. Wells Award from the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation in 2006.
Anderson earned a bachelors degree and a masters degree in business administration from the University of Utah. He has spent most of his life since that time in the eastern United States, particularly Michigan and Ohio. He spent most of his carrer working for Borg-Warner.
In the late 1970s, Anderson served as president of the Cleveland Ohio Stake when its boundaries included Kirtland. Anderson later served as a regional representative of the Twelve. For a time, he served as a counselor in the Ohio Cleveland Mission presidency. He has also served as the area family history advisor for the North America North East Area.
Anderson has also served as the secretary of the Joseph and Hyrum Smith foundation.
Anderson has been key to the aquiring of many of the properties the LDS Church owns in Kirtland. This was most particularly the case with the Newel K. Whitney Store. He has also written a book about Kirtland entitled Joseph Smith's Kirtland: Eyewitness Accounts. He has also written many articles that have been published in such works as the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
Anderson currently serves as the Patriarch of the Kirtland Ohio Stake.