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Archibald Shaw autobiography

 Collection — Folder: S1168
Identifier: S1168

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a 100-page copy of the "Autobiography of Archibald Shaw," ranging from 1765 to 1934, regarding his family history, including the names of Shaw, Rous, Fitch, and more.


  • undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Archibald Shaw was born on August 7, 1847, in Switzerland County, near Vevay, Indiana, to William and Linda (Rous) Shaw. He attended Indiana Asbury University in Greencastle, Indiana. He married Virginia “Jennie” Fitch, and the couple moved to Lawrenceburg, Indiana, near his wife’s family. The couple had eight children, with only four surviving to adulthood. He worked as a farmer, merchant, postmaster, and editor and publisher of the Lawrenceburg Press.

Archibald Shaw helped organize the Dearborn County Historical Society and wrote A History of Dearborn County. He died at the age of 93 at his daughter Ella’s home in Helena Arkansas, on July 30, 1940, at the age of 93. He is buried at Greendale Cemetery in Dearborn County, Indiana.


Information in the collection.

"Archibauld Shaw, 93, Oldest DePauw Alumnus, Lawrenceburg Native, Dies." Indianapolis Star, July 31, 1940, 5.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a copied records transfer from the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library on 1939/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/12/01 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2016/12/01 by Linda Gellert.
Archibald Shaw autobiography
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.