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Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1994

Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1994

Schaeffer, Rudolph Frederick, 1886-1988

Designer, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 13.1 linear feet

Summary: The collection measures 13.1 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, photographs and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rudolph Schaeffer (1886-1988) was a designer, set designer, and educator from San Francisco, California. Schaeffer founded the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, San Francisco, 1925-1984.

Provenance

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. An addition was received in 2007 by William Woodworth, a close friend and caretaker of Schaeffer's and in 2017 by Frances Valesco.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.