Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1994

Schaeffer, Rudolph Frederick, b. 1886 d. 1988
Educator, Designer
Active in Calif.

Collection size: 11.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The collection measures 11.8 linear feet, dates from the 1880s-1994, and documents the life and varied career of Rudolph Schaeffer, artist, designer, teacher, writer, collector of Asian art, and pioneer in the field of color study who founded the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco in 1926. The papers include biographical information, correspondence, subject files, writings, diaries, journals, artwork, scrapbooks, sound recordings, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Rudolph Schaeffer (1886-1988) was a designer, set designer, and educator from San Francisco, Calif. Schaeffer founded the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, San Francisco, 1925-1984.

Donated 1991 by Rudolph Schaeffer and the Schaeffer school administrator Peter Docili and in 1999 and 2000 by James Alexander, a friend of both Schaeffer and Docili, who had been storing portions of Docili's estate after his death in 1998, with the assistance of Frances Valesco, a fiber artist and researcher and in. An addition was received in 2007 by William Woodworth, a close friend and caretaker of Schaeffer's.

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