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William Shaw collection

Identifier: S1172

Scope and Contents

This collection includes handwritten letters and envelopes from family members of William Shaw and wife, Linda Rous in Scotland and England ranging from 1827-1874 regarding family and life. Also included is one newspaper clipping and a copy of newspaper clipping written by Archibald Shaw.


  • 1827-1874

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

William Shaw was born in 1802 in Scotland and died in 1873 in Indiana. He emigrated from Paisley Renfrewshire, Scotland to Switzerland, Indiana in 1817. It was there that he met his wife, Linda Rous, married in 1825 and had 13 children together. They each received letters from family members during their stay, mostly from cousins, about life and health.

Source: materials from collection and Ancestry Library.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically by format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Archibald Shaw on 1962/01/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/08/03 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/03 by Kori Nell.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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