The Hannon-Phalen collection reflects rural life in and around Ivesdale, Ill., during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection is mainly comprised of personal family items, including correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks. Notable items include Roy Hannon's letters detailing state-side military service during World Wars I and II; Elizabeth Murphy Hannon's correspondence and photograph with Gov. William G. Stratton and with Carleton Smith, President of the National Arts Foundation; and early photographs of Chicago; Champaign, Ill.; Camp Grant, Ill.; the Lincoln Home in Springfield; Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind.; and the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, Kansas City.
The collection also contains Ivesdale Town Board minutes, 1874-80, and various business records for the Hannon Grain Company and the Ivesdale Co-op Grain Company. Other materials in the collection include postcards, greeting cards, and holiday cards, as well as copies of The Sunshine News and Zenith Radio Log.
Professor Bruce Hannon donated the collection to the Library in 1992-93. Part of it is now in the Bruce Hannon Papers in the University Archives.
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