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Travis Hanson papers

Identifier: MSS 9346

Scope and Contents

Contains original drawings, loose sketches, and sketchbooks created by artist Travis Hanson for various published and unpublished works. Includes artwork for "The Heart of Discipleship," which was authored by Carmen J. Viola, artwork on other religious themes, comic books, and T-shirt designs. Some artwork includes page mock-ups and text drafts. Sketchbooks include early drawings by Hanson, including one book kept during his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection also contains an oral history conducted with Hanson regarding his career and family. Materials dated 1988 to 2019.


  • 1988-2019


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtaned from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Travis Hanson (born 1971) is a professional fantasy illustrator and graphic designer. He has worked in RPG fantasy, children's art, and comics. In 2011, Hanson was nominated for an Eisner Award for "Best Digital" for his book "The Bean," and later published two sequels. Hanson also published "Adventures for a Lazy Afternoon" in 2013, and "Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone" in 2014. His daily comic, "Life of the Party: the Realities of an RPG'er," is ongoing as of 2023.


3 oversize boxes (1.85 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders (0.4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in eight series: 1. Travis Hanson papers on Tanner Jones & the quest for the Monkey Stone, approximately 2010-2014. 2. Travis Hanson drawings and sketches for Adventures for a lazy afternoon, approximately 2000-2013. 3. Travis Hanson drawings and sketches for The heart of discipleship, approximately 2010-2015. 4. Travis Hanson drawings and sketches on religious themes, approximately 2011. 5. Travis Hanson T-shirt designs, approximately 2000-2015. 6. Travis Hanson drawings for Life of the party : big bad RPG battles, 2016-2017. 7. Travis Hanson sketchbooks, 1988-2015. 8. Travis Hanson oral history, 2019.

Custodial History

Notes and original artwork for "The Heart of Discipleship" created by Travis Hanson in collaboration with The Reverend Carmen Viola and donated by both in 2019. Other materials created and donated by Travis Hanson in 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Travis Hanson and The Reverend Carmen Viola; 2019.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (21st Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy II.B.5.VII). Travis Hanson is an influential Latter-day Saint illustrator who has been instrumental in mentoring younger Latter-day Saint artists. His works depicts an element of pop culture familiar to many late 20th century Latter-day Saints.

Processing Information

Processed; Ivy Griffiths; 2023.

Register of Travis Hanson papers
In Progress
Ivy Griffiths
2023 August 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States