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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1997

Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1997

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 10 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Information, 1900-1988
10 folders
Box 1

This series includes educational records such as grammar school and high school graduation programs, a graduation speech, certificates issued by the Thomas Normal Training School, and a transcript of coursework completed at Central State Normal School.
DescriptionContainer
Awards and Certificates, 1936-1974, undated
1
1
Biographical Notes, circa 1957-circa 1984, undated
1
2
Death Certificate, 1988
1
3
Educational Records, 1900-1916
1
4
French Documents, 1925-1926
1
5
Horoscope, 1929
1
6
Identification Cards, 1943, 1959
1
7
Membership Card, 1908
1
8
Memorial Service Invitations, Obituaries, 1988
1
9
Passports and International Certificate of Vaccination, 1914-1969
1
10

Series 2: Correspondence, 1906-1989
0.5 linear feet
Box 1, 19

Correspondence documents Schaeffer's personal life and career as well as the activities of the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. The earliest correspondence mainly concerns his educational background and early teaching experience, and includes letters of reference. Also included are many requests to lecture or serve on juries, letters from friends and former students, fan letters from readers of his magazine articles on flower arrangement, and correspondence relating to East West Gallery exhibitions, job prospects for students, and loans from the Rudolph Schaeffer Collection of Asian Art. Also included are correspondence between Schaeffer and Docili, long-time administrator of the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design and exectutor of Rudolph Schaeffer's estate, as well as with Chiang Yee, Chinese poet, author, painter and calligrapher who would visit and lecture at the school when in San Francisco. Correspondence between Frances Valesco and others are from after Schaeffer's death.
Additional correspondence can be found in Series 3: Subject Files. Letters are also incorporated into the scrapbooks in Series 6, and some of Schaeffer's journals in Series 4 include drafts of outgoing letters.
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Correspondence , circa 1906-circa 1989
1
11-23
Correspondence, circa 1908-1981
19
1
Peter Docili, circa 1971-1987
19
2
Frances Valesco (to others), circa 1997
19
3
Chiang Yee, circa 1964-1976
19
4
Address Cards, circa 1970s-1980s
19
5

Series 3: Subject Files, 1907-1988
1.3 linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OV 16

Subject files contain various combinations of correspondence, photographs, printed material, and drawings reflecting Schaeffer's activities, projects, and interests.
The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
DescriptionContainer
Arts and Skills (Red Cross work at Letterman Hospital), 1943-1944, undated
1
24
Arts Festival, 1956-1957, undated
1
25
Baker, Auda, 1941-1948, undated
1
26
Ball, Katherine, 1947-1949, undated
1
27
California College of Arts and Crafts Honorary Degree (April 28, 1980), 1979-1980
1
28
California Labor School, 1944-1947, undated
1
29
Chang Dai-Chen, 1970, undated
1
30
Chinese Art Purchases from Alice Boney Chinese Art, 1948-1949
1
31
Chinese Moon Festival, 1956
1
32
Clements, Grace, 1953-1955
1
33
Color in Parks, 1954
1
34
Color Prints, 1940, undated
1
35
Confucius Commemorative Day Ceremony, 1982
1
36
Docili, Peter and Alexandra, 1972-1987, undated
1
37
Dow, Arthur, 1917-1979
1
38
Dutch Boy Paint (Rudolph Schaeffer color consultant), 1937-1940, undated
1
39
East-West Gallery Exhibitions
Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China
, 1974-1975
1
40
Art of Stones and Chinese Woodblock Prints
, 1966
1
41
Art of the Pictogram
, 1950
1
42
Color Block Prints of China
, 1981
1
43
Design Through the Chinese Eye
, 1955-1957
1
44
Fat-Shan and Shih-Wan Wares of South China
, 1950
1
45
Form and Color
, 1950
1
46
Nature and the Chinese Eye
, 1950
1
47
Emporium (department store), 1935-1947
1
48
European Shopping Trip (includes receipt for porcelain purchases), 1926-1927
1
49
Flower Arrangement, 1932-1960, undated
1
50
Former Students, 1927-1982, undated
1
51-54
Freer Gallery of Art 50th Anniversary, 1973
1
55
Furniture Design, 1930, undated
1
56
Furniture Fashion Exposition (student competition), 1963
1
57
Gardens and Flowers, 1935-1973, undated
2
1
Henri, Robert, undated
2
2
Hidel, Nankoku, 1960-1969, undated
2
3
Hutchinson, Robert (former student), 1983
2
4
Huttenlocher, Faye, 1948-1982, undated
2
5
Ikebana, 1975-1976
2
6
Iowa (Iowa State College, Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, Iowa State Horticultural Society), 1942-1943
2
7
Irwin Paint Company, 1957
2
8
Japanese Relocation, 1943
2
9
Kaneko, Hiroko, 1971-1988, undated
2
10
Kartus, Sidney, 1957
2
11
Kellogg, Rhoda, undated
2
12
Krevitsky, Nik, 1966-1967
2
13
KRON-TV "Color for Television" Course, 1966-1967
2
14
Liebes, Dorothy, 1939
2
15
Los Angeles County Museum, 1952
2
16
Macky, Spencer, 1948-1959
2
17
Mexico, 1948
2
18
M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, 1957-1966
2
19
Munich Trip (U.S. Commission on Education group to study color in trade school Curriculum), 1914
2
20
National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies of Great Britain, 1972-1973
2
21
Negroes, 1943-1945, undated
2
22-23
Oriental Art Study Group, 1982-1983
2
24
"Other Lives ? Other Times" (clippings, possibly intended for a scrapbook), 1942-1957, undated
2
25
Polytechnic Elementary School, Pasadena, 1910-1968, undated
2
26-27
Puccinelli, Raymond, 1957-1959, undated
2
28
Randall School (Rudolph Schaeffer, teacher), 1907, 1945
2
29
"The Rock" (2255 Mariposa St., final location of Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design), 1947-1971, undated
2
30
Rudolph Schaeffer Day (June 26, 1986), 1986-1987
2
31
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design Closing, 1984
2
32
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design Fund Raising Dinner, 1983
2
33
Sannomiya, Miya, 1934-1958, undated
2
34
Shivram and Janaki, 1954-1964, undated
2
35
Society for Asian Art and "Treasures of the Orient" (exhibition), 1976-1979
2
36
Summer School of Decorative Art/Summer School of Creative Decoration (Rudolph Schaeffer with Douglas Donaldson), 1910s
2
37
Taxes, 1957-1971
2
38
Theatre for the World, San Francisco, 1956, undated
2
39
Thurman, Howard, 1959-1978, undated
2
40
Tobey, Mark, 1958-1977, undated
2
41-42
Toor, Evelyn, 1955
2
43
Weygers, Alexander G., 1955-1959, undated
2
44
William Gaskin Memorial Lectures on Japanese Painting and Sculpture, 1970-1971, undated
2
45
Women's City Club Exhibition of Decorative Arts, 1929-1930, undated
2
46
Wood, Leona, undated
2
47
Women's City Club Exhibition of Decorative Arts, Installation Plans, undated
OV 16

Series 4: Writings, circa 1910-1987
4.2 linear feet
Boxes 2-6, 15, 19, 21

The series is arranged into 2 subseries:
4.1: Writings By Rudolph Schaeffer, circa 1910-1987
4.2: Writings by Other Authors, 1923-1987
4.1:Writings by Rudolph Schaeffer, 1910-1987
Writings by Rudolph Schaeffer include manuscripts for published and unpublished articles and drafts, notes, and manuscripts of several unpublished books including
Collected Lectures of Rudolph Schaeffer on Color and Design
,
Color and Design
,
Prismatic Color Theory
, and
Rhythmo-Chromatics
, all undated. Diaries include a volume recording Schaeffer's 1936 trip to Japan. 42 volumes of journals, compiled between 1954 and 1987 become progressively more introspective and focused on the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. They contain entries on a wide range of subjects including lists of errands, invitation lists, class notes, drafts of letters, notes including staff assignments and staff meetings, autobiographical notes and reminiscences, and musings on religion and philosophy. Also extant are notes and texts for lectures and talks given at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design and many other venues, as well as notes on philosophy, color, and miscellaneous topics.
DescriptionContainer
Articles, 1918-1973, undated
2
48
"Rhythmo-Chromatic Design and the Creative Process", 1974
19
6
Books (unpublished)
Collected Lectures of Rudolph Schaeffer on Color and Design
, undated
2
49
Color and Design
, undated
2
50
Prismatic Color Theory
, undated
2
51
Rhythmo-Chromatics
, undated
2
52-54
Diaries
Vol. 1: Japan, July 1936
Oversized Volumes 2-3 housed in Box 15
3
1
Journals
Oversize, Jan. 24 - Feb. 23, 1942
21
1
Vol. 1:, Dec. 6, 1954 - Oct. 6, 1955
3
2
Vol. 2:, Oct. 8, 1955 - Oct. 23, 1956
3
3
Vol. 3:, Nov. 1, 1956 - Dec. 23, 1957
3
4
Vol. 4:, Jan. 13, 1958 - Jan. 24, 1959
3
5
Vol. 5:, Jan. 29, 1959 - Jan. 1, 1960
3
6
Vol. 6:, Nov. 21, 1959 - May 2, 1960
3
7
Vol. 7:, May 7 - Dec. 9, 1960
3
8
Vol. 8:, Jan. 5 - July 2, 1961
3
9
Vol. 9:, July 4, 1961 - Feb. 2, 1962
3
10
Vol. 10:, Feb. 5 - Aug. 7, 1962
3
11
Vol. 11:, Sept. 5, 1962 - March 26, 1963
3
12
Vol. 12:, March 26 - Dec. 15, 1963
3
13
Vol. 13:, Jan. 4 - Sept. 16, 1964
3
14
Vol. 14:, Sept. 19, 1964 - May 18, 1965
3
15
Vol. 15:, June 1, 1965 - March 29, 1966
3
16
Vol. 16:, March 29, 1966 - Jan. 18, 1967
3
17
Vol. 17:, Jan. 3, 1967 - Jan. 31, 1968
3
18
Journal, Apr. 3 - May 5, 1968
19
7
Vol. 18:, Feb. 12, 1968 - March 3, 1969
3
19
Vol. 19:, March 8, 1969 - June 4, 1970
3
20
Vol. 20:, March 4, 1969 - Jan. 19, 1970
3
21
Vol. 21:, June 9 - Dec. 15, 1970
3
22
Vol. 22:, Jan. 5, 1971 - Feb. 7, 1972
4
1
Vol. 23:, Jan. 31 - Nov. 13, 1972
4
2
Vol. 24:, Jan. 15 - May 14, 1973
4
3
Vol. 25:, May 15 - Sept. 1973
4
4
Vol. 26:, Sept. 23, 1973 - Feb. 26, 1974
4
5
Vol. 27:, March 4 - Dec. 16, 1974
4
6
Vol. 28:, Jan 6 - Aug. 20, 1975
4
7
Vol. 29:, Sept. 19, 1975 - March 11, 1976
4
8
Vol. 30:, June 28, 1976 - March 29, 1977
4
9
Vol. 31:, Aug. 10, 1977 - July 1, 1978
4
10
Vol. 32:, Sept. 8, 1978 - Sept. 16, 1979
4
11
Vol. 33:, Sept. 21, 1979 - May 12, 1980
4
12
Vol. 34:, July 1980 - Dec. 1, 1981
4
13
Vol. 35:, Jan. 19 - June 16, 1982
4
14
Vol. 36:, Aug. 11, 1982 - Dec. 20, 1983
4
15
Vol. 37:, Aug. 1 - Nov. 16, 1983
4
16
Vol. 38:, Jan. 1 - March 16, 1984
4
17
Vol. 39:, April 18 - Sept. 13, 1984
4
18
Vol. 40:, Nov. 23, 1984 - Feb. 5, 1985
4
19
Vol. 41:, Aug. 10, 1985 - Jan. 12, 1986
4
20
Vol. 42:, March 29, 1986 - March 9, 1987
4
21
Lectures
Pre-dating Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, circa 1910, undated
5
22
Pre-dating Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, circa 1914
19
8
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1920s-1980s, undated
5
23-39
Oversize, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1965
21
2
Other Venues, 1920s-1983, undated
5
40-45
Lists of Faculty and Staff, 1981-1984
5
46
Miscellaneous Writings, 1930-1984, undated
5
47
Notebooks
Vols. 1-4, 1920, undated
5
48
Vol. 5 ("Quotations," "Basic Principles," "Application of Principles," Miscellaneous), 1935, 1979, undated
5
49
Notes on Color, 1937
5
50
Notes on Philosophy, 1937-1944, undated
5
51
Notes, Miscellaneous, 1931, undated
6
1-4
Radio Talks, 1935-1952, undated
6
5
School Catalog (draft), 1982
6
6
Oversized Vol. 2 and 3 from Box 3, Folder 1, Jan. - Aug., 1940
15
4.2:Writings by Other Authors, 1923-1987
Writings by other authors are about Rudolph Schaeffer and his school. Included are reminiscences of former students, student essays, transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with Schaeffer, and Doris A. McMillan's notes of classes attended at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design between 1923 and 1946.
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Angelo, Ann B. "Rudolph Schaeffer: A Memoir (An Archival Image Applying Oral History Techniques)," M. A. Thesis, John F. Kennedy University (Museum Studies/Museology Program), 1980
6
7
Baglin, M. "Colour (one of R. Schaeffer's pupils looks at snow.)," Poem, undated
6
8
Cuddy, John. "The Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design - Which is in San Francisco,", undated
6
9
Lee, Chingwah. "Oriental Sculpture" provisional course outline, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1950
19
10
McMillan, Doris A. Class Notes, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1923-1946
Vol. 1: "Color and Form" with Rudolph Schaeffer
Vol. 2: "Color" with Rudolph Schaeffer
Vol. 3: "Color Notes" (from Light and Color by M. Luckish)
Vol. 4: "Design" with Rudolph Schaeffer; "Plastic Form" with Rudolph Schaeffer; "Dyes" with Miss Henry and Welland Lathrop
Vol. 5: "Plastic Form" with Rudolph Schaeffer; "Art in Public School" with Miss Lewis
Vol. 6: "Aesthetic Appreciation" with Rudolph Schaeffer
Vol. 7: "Flower Arrangement" with Rudolph Schaeffer; "Dyes and Application to Textiles" (research notes)
Vol. 8: "Round the Color Wheel with Rudolph Schaeffer"; "Costume Design" with Marie Leonard
Vol. 9: "Free Brush" with Rudolph Schaeffer; "Dimensional Design,"
6
10-12
Robbins, Beverly. Untitled Talk (about studying at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, delivered at University of California Symposium), 1987
6
13
Roos, Robert de. "Rudolph Schaeffer,", circa 1978
6
14
Starbuck, Helen. Illustrated Book (tribute to Henry Schaefer-Simmern), undated
19
11
Student Essays, 1938, 1981
6
15
Various Authors
Lectures, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1929-1948, undated
6
16
Press Releases (Rudolph Schaeffer and Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design), 1928-1950, undated
6
17
Welch, Nell True (edited by and foreword by Rudolph Schaeffer).
Sunset's Flower Arrangement Book
, circa 1942
6
18
Unknown. Poem, "An Abstract Principle Learned in Schaeffer's School of DESIGN,", undated
6
19
Deutsche Werkkunst: Arbeiten deutscher und österreichischer Künstler
, 1916
19
12
Chiang, Y.
The silent traveller in San Francisco
, 1964
19
13

Series 5: Artwork, 1911-1957
0.6 linear feet
Boxes 6, 15, 19, 21, OV 17

Additional artwork, mainly drawings by Rudolph Schaeffer and others, is among the subject files (Series 3) and scrapbooks (Series 6).
The series is arranged into 2 subseries:
5.1: Artwork by Rudolph Schaeffer, 1911-1957
5.2: Artwork by Other Artists, undated
5.1:Artwork By Rudolph Schaeffer, 1911-1957
DescriptionContainer
Calligraphy, 1916, undated
6
20
Christmas Cards, 1927, undated
6
21
Color Studies (spiral bound volume), undated
6
22
Designs Illustrating Notan (with notes; on cards), undated
6
23
Designs, Drawings, Sketches, 1914-1957, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 15
6
24
Designs, Sketches and Notes (original collation, removed from 3-ring binder), undated
6
25
Sketchbooks
Vol. 1: Flower Arrangements (includes miscellaneous notes), 1939, undated
6
26
Vol. 2: Sketches (with notes), undated
6
27
Vol. 3: Furniture Designs, undated
6
28
Vol. 4: Sketchbook (with notes), undated
6
29
Oversized Designs and Drawings, and Furniture Designs from Box 6, Folder 24, 1911, undated
15 (sol)
Oversize Design Drawings, undated
21
3
5.2:Artwork by Other Artists, 1915-1980, undated
Artwork by others includes designs, probably by students including Enid Alpers, Mary A. Baird, and Margaret Paxton.
DescriptionContainer
Designs, 1915, undated
6
30
Drawing (by Piercy), undated
6
31
Painting (by unknown), undated
15 (sol)
Drawing, "Perspective from Northwest Corner, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design?" (by J. B. Webb), 1958
OV 17
Painted Student Drawings (fabric designs), undated
19
14
Three Miniature Watercolors by Henry W. Doane, circa 1977
19
15
Sketchbook by Arthur Sundberg, circa 1977
21
4
Album of Ceramics Photography and Portraits of Rudolph Schaeffer by Gail Reynolds Natzler, circa 1980
21
5

Series 6: Scrapbooks, circa 1924-1976
0.6 linear feet
Boxes 6, 14, 19

Scrapbooks consist of 7 volumes containing printed material, photographs, letters, and a small amount of artwork. They document Rudolph Schaeffer's career, his school and former students, and the San Francisco art scene. Two volumes are devoted to specific subjects: the East-West Gallery (vol. 3, 1950), Rudolph Schaeffer's 90th Birthday and the 50th Anniversary of Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design (vol. 7, 1976).
DescriptionContainer
Vol. 2, 1937-1943, undated
Oversized Volume 1 is housed in Box 14
6
32
Vol. 3, East-West Gallery, 1950
Oversized volumes 4-6 housed in Box 14
6
33
Vol. 7, Rudolph Schaeffer's 90th Birthday and 50th Anniversary of the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1976
6
34
Vol. 1, 1933-1940
14 (sol)
Vol. 4, Rudolph Schaeffer's 90th Birthday and 50th Anniversary of Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1976
14 (sol)
Vol. 5, "Of passing interest and perhaps much more in 1971-1972,", 1971-1972
14 (sol)
Vol. 6, "Of passing interest and perhaps much, much more,", 1973-1975
14 (sol)
Flower Arrangement Lectures - Fall 1940, 1940
19
16
"Die Nibelungen" the film, circa 1924
19
17

Series 7: Sound Recordings, 1949-1986
1.8 linear feet
Boxes 11-13

Recordings consist of audio cassettes and reels, along with a small number of transcripts. Most recordings are lectures by Schaeffer and others delivered at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. Other recordings include Rudolph Schaeffer playing the piano, and "Rudolph Schaeffer Day," a city-wide event in San Francisco commemorating Schaeffer's 100th birthday.
The series is arranged into 3 subseries:
7.1: Transcripts, undated
7.2: Cassettes, 1979-1986
7.3: Reels, 1949-1973
7.1:Transcripts, undated
DescriptionContainer
Transcripts of Selected Recordings (1937-1980), undated
11 (hol)
1-4
7.2:Cassettes, 1979-1986
DescriptionContainer
"Color" (parts 2-15), Lectures by Rudolph Schaeffer, 1979-1980
11 (hol)
5-7
"Rudolph;" "Rudolph Schaeffer Day;" "R. S. Piano," "R. S. at Home,", 1986, undated
11 (hol)
8
Unidentified Lectures (?) by Rudolph Schaeffer, March 24-May 12, 1980
11 (hol)
9
7.3:Reels, 1949-1973
Unless otherwise noted, reels are 7".
DescriptionContainer
"Art and General Semantics," Lecture by Chauduri, Feb. 16, 1959
12 (hol)
1
"Art in the Home" (parts 1 and 2), Lecture by William Gaskin, July 19, undated
12 (hol)
2
"Awareness," Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer, March 24, 1960
12 (hol)
3
"Awareness," Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer (side 2), May 19; Art of Arrangement (course) Second Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer, Oct. 6, and Third Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer ("Texture"), Nov. 3, 1960
12 (hol)
4
"Beatnick Poetry," Lecture by Dr. Frederick Spielberg, Feb. 18, 1960
12 (hol)
5
Chinese Art Structure (summer course)
"Form, Color," July 26; Color and Revealing of Art Objects," July 27 (side 1); "Chinese Calligraphy and Its Influence on Chinese Painting," Lecture by William Wu, July 27 (side 2), 1973
12 (hol)
7
"Space," July 30; "Chinese Painters," Lecture by Howard Rogers, July 30; "Space, cont-d.," July 31; "Zen Bamboo Hall Prints," July 31, 1973
12 (hol)
8
"Holistic Philosophy," Lecture by Dr. Chowdery, Aug. 1, 1973
12 (hol)
9
"Finale," Aug. 3; "6 Courses of Chinese Art," Lecture by William Wu, Aug. 3, 1973
12 (hol)
10
"Contemporary Weavers: Light and Life in Weaving" (exhibition and lecture), Rudolph Schaeffer and A. D., Jan. 9, 1960
12 (hol)
11
"Fabrics and Fashions," Lecture by Hector Escabosa, July 11, 1957
12 (hol)
12
"Interior Design - Fine Art, Space, Light," Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer, Oct. 1, 1959
12 (hol)
13
"Japanese Rock Poems," Lecture by Dr. Frederick Spielberg, Oct. 15, 1959
12 (hol)
14
"Picasso's Yoga," Lecture by Dr. Frederick Spielberg, March 19, 1959
12 (hol)
15
"Plans for World Improvement,", undated
12 (hol)
16
"Principles of Design" (part 1), Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer, Oct. 29; "Elements of Design," Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer, Sept. 27 (first of a series on the Art of Design), 1959-1960
12 (hol)
17
Rudolph Schaeffer's Greeting to Students, Feb. 17, 1960
12 (hol)
18
"School Image," Discussion among Rudolph Schaeffer, Bill Goghen, Bill Allen, Jo Sinel, and Fred Frey, March 6, 1961
13 (hol)
1
Unidentified Lecture by Ciampi (parts 1 and 2), July 26, 1957
13 (hol)
2
Unidentified Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer, Feb. 28, 1949
13 (hol)
3
Unidentified Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer (transcribed Nov. 2, 1961), undated
13 (hol)
4
Unidentified Lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer, undated
13 (hol)
5
Unidentified, undated
13 (hol)
6

Series 8: Miscellaneous Records, 1905-1986
0.8 linear feet
Box 7, 19, 22

Among the miscellaneous records are color samples for various Schaeffer projects and transcripts of various interviews conducted with Schaeffer and a meeting of the school staff. Guest books include those for Schaeffer's 99th and 100th birthday parties. Several matted Wiener Werkstätte fabic samples are also included.
DescriptionContainer
Artifact - "Piece of colored stucco picked up from the ground, a specimen of beautiful blue green color, Peking, summer 1936"), 1936
7
1
Color Samples (for textiles, store and/or residential interiors, and unidentified purposes), 1947-1948 (3 folders)
7
2-4
Guest Books
Guest Book of Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1934-1985
7
5
Rudolph Schaeffer's 100th Birthday, 1986
7
6
Rudolph Schaeffer's Birthday (loose pages), undated
7
7
Insurance Policies, 1905-1915
7
8
Stock Certificate, 1912
7
9
Transcripts
Oral History of Rudolph Schaeffer interviewed by Margaretta K. Mitchell (Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley), 1981
7
10
Rudolph Schaeffer interviewed by Bernie Swadley, Oakland Museum, circa 1973
7
11
Staff Meeting, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, July 9, 1979
7
12
Staff Meeting, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, Dec. 1, 1981
19
18
Matted Wiener Werkstätte fabric samples, circa 1920s
19
19-22
Oversize Matted Wiener Werkstätte fabric samples, circa 1920s
22
1
Student Award Certificate, 1917
19
23

Series 9: Printed Material, 1906-1994
1.2 linear feet
Boxes 7-8, 19, 22

Printed material concerns the career of Rudolph Schaeffer, his school and former students, the San Francisco art scene, and general art topics.
Additional printed material is included with Series 3: Subject Files and Series 6: Scrapbooks.
The series is arranged into 3 subseries:
9.1: Produced by Rudolph Schaeffer, 1935-1942
9.2: Produced by Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1920s-1986
9.3: Produced by Others, 1906-1987
9.1:Produced by Rudolph Schaeffer, 1935-1942
Material produced by Schaeffer consists of articles and a book.
DescriptionContainer
Articles, 1937-1938, undated
7
13
Books
Flower Arrangement I
(portfolio; photography by Ralph Young), 1935
7
14
Sunset's Flower Arrangement Book
by Nell True Welch, Edited and Foreword by Rudolph Schaeffer, 1942
7
15
9.2:Produced by Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1920s-1986
This subseries includes items such as school catalogs, announcements and invitations.
DescriptionContainer
Calendars of Events, 1955-1957, undated
7
16
Catalogs and Course Announcements, 1920s-1984, undated
7
17-23
Course Announcements, circa 1920s-1982
19
24-25
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1920s-circa 1982, undated
7
24
Form Letters, 1933-1955, undated
7
25
Lecture Announcements, 1920s-1973, undated
7
26
Newsletter, 1975
7
27
Press Release, undated
7
28
Press Releases, 1982-1983
19
26
Sample Certificates, Stationery, undated
7
29
Special Event Announcements and Invitations, 1948-1986, undated
7
30
9.3:Produced by Others, 1906-1994
Printed material found here is about or mentions Rudolph Schaeffer and his school. Items of note are announcements of courses taught by Schaeffer in Piedmont and San Francisco prior to the opening of his school, theatre programs from productions with sets and some costumes designed by Schaeffer in the early 1920s.
DescriptionContainer
About or Mentioning Rudolph Schaeffer
Announcements of Rudolph Schaeffer Summer School of Design and Handicraft/Rudolph Schaeffer Crafts and Art Studio (Piedmont, Calif.), California School of Fine Arts, 1916-1919, undated
7
31
Book,
Miss Aunt Nellie: The Autobiography of Nellie C. Cornish
, University of Washington Press, 1964
7
32
Clippings, 1910s-1980s, undated
8
1-5
Oversize Clippings About/Mentioning Rudolph Schaeffer, 1976-1980
15 (sol)
Oversize Clippings About/Mentioning Rudolph Schaeffer, circa 1940-1986
22
2
Exhibition Announcements, 1922-1984
8
6
Lecture and Workshop Notices, 1916-1959, undated
8
7
Miscellaneous Items, 1906-1986, undated
8
8
Rudolph Schaeffer Collection (exhibition catalogs, etc.), 1976-1994, undated
8
9
Rudolph Schaeffer Collection, 1976, undated
19
27
Theater Programs (sets designed by Rudolph Schaeffer), 1920-1925, undated
8
10
Course Curriculum Pamphlets, circa 1914-1924
19
28
Rudolph Schaeffer Birthday Invitations, circa 1976-1986
19
29
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1921-1935
19
30
About/Mentioning Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design
Advertising, 1920s-1983, undated
8
11-12
Clippings, 1927-1975, undated
8
13-15
Miscellaneous Items, 1928-1960, undated
8
16
Clippings, Miscellaneous Subjects (art-related), 1932-1987, undated
8
17

Series 10: Photographs, 1880s-circa 1988
1.8 linear feet
Boxes 8-10, 15, 20, 22, OV 18

Additional photographs may be found in Series 3: Subject Files and Series 7: Scrapbooks.
The series is arranged into 8 subseries:
10.1: Artwork, circa 1907-1980
10.2: People, 1880s-1980s
10.3: Places, circa 1907-1983
10.4: Events, 1937-1976
10.5: Stage Designs, circa 1920s
10.6: Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1910-circa 1988
10.7: Photograph Album, undated
10.8: Negatives, Slides, and Color Transparencies, circa 1958-circa 1969
10.1:Artwork, circa 1907-1980
Photographs are of artwork, people, places, events, stage designs, and miscellaneous subjects. Artwork includes some designs by Rudolph Schaeffer, many samples of student work in various media, and views of exhibition installations.
DescriptionContainer
Designs
Furniture, undated
8
18
Furniture (Columbus Manual Training School), circa 1907
8
19
Metal Work (including jewelry), undated
8
20
Interior Designs and Arrangements, circa 1930s-1979
20
1
Oversize Interior Designs and Arrangements, circa 1930s-1979
22
3
Exhibition Installations
"Modern Art Pots for Flowers, Rudolph F. Schaeffer Crafts and Art Studio, Piedmont"), 1910s
8
21
Rudolph Schaeffer Collection of Asian Art, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1980, undated
8
22
Rudolph Schaeffer Collection of Asian Art, undated
20
2
Rudolph Schaeffer Collection of Rocks, Kansas City, circa 1969
8
23
Student Exhibitions, Rudolph Schaeffer instructor
California College of Arts and Crafts; Schaeffer's Crafts and Art Studio, Piedmont, circa 1910s
8
24
Cornish School?, circa 1920s
8
25
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, 1931-1932, 1978, undated
8
26-31
Oriental Art Exhibition (at Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design), 1980
8
32
Women's City Club, San Francisco, Exhibition of Decorative Arts (designed by Rudolph Schaeffer), 1929 or 1930
8
33
Unidentified Exhibition(s) (featuring flower arrangements), undated
8
34
Flower Arrangements, 1931-1977, undated
8
35
Models for Student Interior Design Projects, undated
8
36
Paintings, undated
8
37
Schaeffer, Rudolph
Interiors, undated
8
38
Wall Decorations, undated
8
39
Screens, undated
8
40
Sculpture, undated
8
41
10.2:People, 1880s-1980s
People portrayed here are mainly Rudolph Schaeffer, the Schaeffer family, friends and students. Of particular note are a photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright's visit to the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, and a photograph of Rudolph Schaeffer with Imogen Cunningham.
DescriptionContainer
Rudolph Schaeffer, 1880s-1980s, undated
8
42-45
Rudolph Schaeffer with Chang-Dai-Chien, 1967
8
46
Rudolph Schaeffer with Classmates, 1899-1904
8
47
Rudolph Schaeffer with Family (?), circa 1900-1930
8
48
Rudolph Schaeffer with Frank Lloyd Wright and Students, 1958 or 1959
8
49
Rudolph Schaeffer with Imogen Cunningham, 1974
8
50
Rudolph Schaeffer with Others, 1913-1914, 1960s-1980s, undated
8
51-53
Family, Parents (Julius and Mary Hirzel Schaeffer), undated
9 (hol)
1
Others, Individuals and Groups, 1932-1984, undated
9
2
Rudolph Schaeffer and Others, circa 1880s-1980s
20
3-4
Oversize Photo of Actress Peggy Cuddy, circa 1920s
22
4
10.3:Places, circa 1907-1983
Places include interior and exterior views of the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design at its St. Anne Street and Mariposa Street locations, travel pictures of Laguna Beach and Mt. Wilson, and unidentified buildings and landscapes.
DescriptionContainer
Buildings, Unidentified, undated
9
3
Columbus, Ohio, Manual, Training School, circa 1907
9
4
Home of Cousin Karl (?) Schaeffer (interior view), undated
9
5
Laguna Beach, circa 1913
9
6
Landscapes, Unidentified
9
7
Mt. Wilson, 1910
9
8
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design
Mariposa Street, 1970-1981, undated
9
9
St. Anne Street, undated
9
10
Summer Cabin, Dos Rios, Calif., 1983, undated
9
11
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, St. Anne Street, undated
OV 18
Home of Fred and Caroline Frey, by Ansel Adams, undated
20
5
Various Locations, circa 1907-1930s
20
6
10.4:Events, 1937-1976
Among the events depicted are an arts festival, an exhibition opening, a graduation and parties held at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. Stage sets photographed were designed by Rudolph Schaeffer for productions in San Francisco and Detroit. Among the miscellaneous subjects are horses, Rudolph Schaeffer's collection of Asian art and his headstone in Clare, Michigan.
DescriptionContainer
Arts Festival, Aquatic Park, 1954
9
12
Exhibition Opening, "Selections from the Rudolph Schaeffer Collection of Oriental Art," Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1976
9
13
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design Graduation, 1971
9
14
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design Parties, 1937-1962
9
15
10.5:Stage Designs, circa 1920s
DescriptionContainer
Detroit ("Pelleas and Melisande," "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), 1921
9
16
San Francisco
Children's Theatre of San Francisco (unidentified), 1922 or 1923, undated
9
17
Civic Auditorium ("Fantasy in Snowland"), 1922 or 1923
9
18
Unidentified, undated
9
19
Seattle (The Cornish School?, unidentified), 1920s
9
20
Unknown Location(s)
A-Z by Title, undated
9
21-22
Unidentified, undated
9
23
10.6:Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1910-circa 1988
DescriptionContainer
Automobile, undated
9
24
Christmas Ornaments, undated
9
25
Horses, undated
9
26
Rudolph Schaeffer Collection (Asian art), 1986, undated
9
27
Schaeffer Headstone (Clare, Mich.), circa 1988
9
28
10.7:Photograph Albums, circa 1973-1986, undated
One photograph album contains views of the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design on St. Anne Street, exhibition installations, selections from Rudolph Schaeffer's collection of Asian art, and student work. Another contains views of Schaeffer's garden at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. The third album is a memorial album of images of Schaeffer.
DescriptionContainer
Photograph Album, undated
10
1
Photos of RSSD Garden Summer 1973
by William Woodworth, 1973
20
7
Rudolph Schaeffer Remembered
, circa 1986
20
8
10.8:Negatives, Slides, and Color Transparencies, circa 1958-circa 1969
DescriptionContainer
Artwork
Exhibition Installations (Rudolph Schaeffer Collection of Rocks, Kansas City), circa 1969
10
2
Flower Arrangements, undated
10
3
"Modern Art Pots for Flowers, Rudolph F. Schaeffer Crafts and Art Studio, Piedmont,", 1910s
10
4
People
Rudolph Schaeffer (painting; planting a tree), undated
10
5
Rudolph Schaeffer with Others (Frank Lloyd Wright and Students; unidentified), 1958 or 1959, undated
10
6
Places, Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design (Mariposa Street), undated
10
7

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