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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Writings by Rudolph Schaeffer include manuscripts for published and unpublished articles and drafts, notes, and manuscripts of several unpublished books including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.
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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Books (unpublished)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
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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
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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

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