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Shaw and Hannah families genealogy scrapbook (maroon cover), 1905, 1947 - 1958, 1987

 File — Box: 2510

Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

The Sarah Shaw Hannah Collection contains family scrapbooks and a photo album. The photo album was probably created by May Travis (box 2506). The album contains identified and unidentified portraits. Some of the portraits came from Bozeman, Montana photographers. There are also images of May Travis and her mother.

The scrapbook labeled “May Travis Shaw” (box 2507) contains photographs relating the Travis and Shaw families. There are images from Bozeman, Montana, the Travis relations, the Shaw family at Bear Lake, the Shaw children, Sarah Shaw when she was earning her graduate degree, and the Shaw family on the MSU campus. There are also photographs of Montana Agriculture College, and the first graduating class of the University of North Dakota. The MSU related photos include #5 Faculty Row, the Shaw children on campus, students, Robert Shaw at work, faculty members, faculty members’ wives and children, athletic teams, cattle herds, Hesperian Society members, Alpha Gamma Delta members, Kappa Alpha Theta members. Other photos of interest are the Shaw farm and orchard on Harrison Road, and group photogrpahs of students from Central School.

The collection also contains a scrapbook relating the marriage of Sarah and John Hannah (box 2508). It contains photographs of the wedding and reception, marriage certificate and license, articles about the wedding and other events surrounding the wedding. There are also photographs and memorabilia related to their honeymoon to Alaska as well as cards and correspondence about the couple’s one year anniversary.

A second scrapbook contains material relating to Sarah and John’s wedding and their later family life (box 2509). Included are photographs and articles about the wedding, family photographs, vacation photographs, and articles about Hannah as president.

A third scrapbook contains articles about Sarah christening the S.S. Spartan car ferry, articles, photographs and memorabilia related to the trip the family took to California for the 1954 Rose Bowl (box 2510 green cover).

A fourth scrapbook contains articles relating to the lives and deaths of other members of the Shaw and Hannah families including Sarah’s brother and John Hannah’s mother (box 2510 maroon cover).

In addition there is a reminiscence by Sarah Shaw Hannah written in 1976. In it she describes some of her family history including her grandparents, parents and siblings. She touches on her childhood on campus, her attendance at Michigan State University, dating and her life with John Hannah, and the death of her father.


  • Creation: 1905, 1947 - 1958, 1987


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


From the Record Group: 2 Cubic Feet (4 scrapbooks, photographs)

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US