Collection ID: Hahn

Collection context


The collection contains Clippings, photographs, drawings, postcards, correspondence, and scrapbook.
0.4 Linear feet and (1 box)
Preferred citation:

Walter L. Hahn Collection, 1924-1985. The College of Saint Rose Archives and Special Collections.


Scope and Content:

This collection stems from The College of Saint Rose’s Public Relations file on Professor Walter Hahn. A large part of the collection is various forms of press release and biographical information. There is however, one other element in the collection. The scrapbook and postcard collection reflect Professor Hahn’s love of stamps, love of travel, and his broad range of philanthropic and civic responsibilities.

Biographical / Historical:

Walter Leo Hahn was the first professor at The College to be designated as a Professor Emeritus, named as such at the Honors Convocation on May 10, 1973. He taught Commerce (economics and business) at The College for 36 years, from 1937 to 1973. During the Alumni Testimonial Dinner in 1973, Mr. Hahn was granted honorary membership in the College of Saint Rose Alumni Association. He was also one of the first to be inducted into the Saint Rose Golden Knights Hall of Fame.

Professor Hahn also won the hearts of his students and colleagues by taking a leave of absence from teaching to serve in the United States Army in World War II. He joined the U.S. Army as a private, and left some forty-two months later as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his time in the service, he sent many letters and postcards to the faculty and students of Saint Rose.

Professor Hahn spoke and wrote extensively about the economic situation abroad. He was known as a world traveler, having visited Europe over 30 times, visited all 50 states, and, as of 1973, 141 countries.

"Professor, world traveler, athletic moderator, retired colonel, economist, bachelor, and rabble-rouser"; Walter Hahn stood out as a brilliant man, a dedicated educator, and a good friend to the College of Saint Rose community. He passed away on April 6, 1989.


The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1: Newspaper Clippings, n.d. and 1942-1985

Series 2: Scrapbook from the College of Saint Rose, [1938?]-[1949?]

Series 3: Correspondence to Walter L. Hahn, 1925-1927, 1966, and n.d.

Series 4: Correspondence from Walter L. Hahn, 1954 and n.d.

Series 5: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1924-1958

Series 6: Photographs and Drawings, 1945-1960s

Series 7: Public Relations Materials, 1961-1973 and n.d.

Series 8: Publications and Programs, 1944-1973

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard



There are no restrictions to this collection.


The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Permission to publish material must be obtained in writing prior to publication from the College Archivist, The College of Saint Rose, Neil Hellman Library, Archives and Special Collections, 432 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203.


Walter L. Hahn Collection, 1924-1985. The College of Saint Rose Archives and Special Collections.

432 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203, United States