Eldon G. Schafer Papers, 1916-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Eldon G. Schafer
Title
Eldon G. Schafer Papers
Dates
1916-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
12.0 cubic feet, (19 document boxes, 2 tubes, 3 oversized folders, 14 audio cassette tapes, 9 video tapes)
Collection Number
M-001
Summary
The collection contains personal and professional papers from Eldon Schafer's career as president of Lane Community College, 1970-1985. The collection documents Schafer's personal and family history, his military service, and his death.
Repository
Lane Community College Archives
4000 East 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR
97405
Telephone: 541-463-5466
archives@lanecc.edu
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Eldon Guy Schafer (1922-1985) was president of Lane Community College for fifteen years, 1970-1985.

Schafer was born in Molalla, Oregon, to Lillian M. and Guy F. Schafer on February 27, 1922. He attended rural elementary and secondary schools in the Canby and Molalla area, and after high school graduation in 1939, he attended Oregon State University in 1941. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Army and entered an engineering program at Pomona College in California. He was sent to Europe in 1943 and served with the 124th Armored Engineers and 13th Armored Division in France, Germany, and Austria.

After the war he returned to Pomona College, where he was active in sports, and graduated with a B.A. in 1948. He continued his education in California, receiving an M.A. (1960) and a Ph.D. (1965) in Education Administration from Claremont Graduate School.

He married Lucy Jane Brokaw in Los Angeles in 1947; their son, Kenneth, joined the family in 1961.

Schafer began his teaching career at Capistrano High School in California where he taught and coached sports, 1950-1952 and served as dean of students, principal, and district superintendent, 1957-1966. He was associate dean of instruction at Riverside City College, 1966-1967.

Schafer moved to Oregon in 1967 to become the founding president of Linn-Benton Community College, 1967-1970. From there he moved to the presidency of Lane Community College, 1970-1985.

Schafer was active in many regional and national educational organizations and served as officers for the Oregon Community College Association, the Northwest Association of Community and Junior Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Commission on Colleges of Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Oregon Community College Presidents' Council.

He traveled to China twice, in 1982 and 1984, as a member of the International Visiting Team of the World Bank Educational Advisory Group. The group assisted China in restructuring its vocational education.

Dr. Schafer resigned as president of the college on April 30, 1985. He died on August 6, 1985 following a long battle with leukemia and multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Eldon G. Schafer Papers document Schafer’s personal life as well as certain aspects of his professional career as president of Lane Community College, 1970-1985. The collection contains biographical information about Schafer’s college days, his military service, his career in education, and his death. The collection also contains personal records of the Schafer and Brokaw (wife Lucy’s family) families. Other records that document his personal and professional career can be found in the series of correspondence, speeches and writings, and subject files as well as in the photographs, slides, audio recordings, and video recordings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

There are no use restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Eldon G. Schafer Papers, 1916-1990 (M-001), Lane Community College Archives, Eugene, Oregon

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Biographical Records/Eldon Schafer, 1947-1986Return to Top

This series contains biographical records of Eldon Schafer that document his college days, his employment before coming to Lane Community College, his military career, and his death.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box-Folder
1/3
Award Certificates
1973-1985
1/4-5
Awards: Clippings
1965-1985
1/2
Biographical Profiles
1970-1985
5/8-10
Career: Capistrano Union High School District
1950-1965
5/11
Career: Claremont Graduate School
1961-1966
6/1-2
Career: Linn-Benton Community College
1967-1970
6/3
Career: Lane Community College
1970
5/12
Career: Riverside City College
1966-1967
1/1
Curriculum Vitae
1950-1985
18/5-7
Death announcement and news clippings
1985-1986
video tape box 4
Death announcements and memorial service, video recordings
1985
22 (oversize)
Diploma: B.A., Pomona College
1949
22 (oversize)
Diploma: M.A., Claremont College
1961
22 (oversize)
Diploma: Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
1966
6/8
Illness
1979, 1985
audio tape box 1
Memorial Service, audio cassette recording
1985
18/21
Memorial Service, correspondence and programs
1985
19/17
Memorial Service, guest book
1985
18/10
Mollala Union High School
1939, 1974-1984
18/11
Pomona College
1947-1986
18/20
Post-death
1985
1/6
Presidential Evaluation
1980
22 (oversize)
Scrapbook with clippings about athletics
1939-1956
22 (oversize)
U.S. Army - 124th Armored Engineer Battalion, 13th Armored Division: publications
1945
18/12-19
U.S. Army, records about service Europe in World War II, publications, clippings, maps,
1944-1945
18/9
U.S. Passports
1978, 1983
18/8
Veteran's Administration
1946-1949

Series B:  Biographical Records/Family History, 1916-1990Return to Top

This series contains correspondence and scrapbooks about the Schafer family, including Eldon’s father Guy Schafer, as well as some records from the Brokaw family, the family of Eldon’s wife Lucy.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box-Folder
16/2
Brokaw Family
undated
20/7
German postcard
1916
19/17
Memorial Service for Guy Schafer (father), guest book
1982
16/1
Schafer Family
1974-1990
16/3
Schafer Family, German relatives, correspondence
1978-1986
22 (oversize)
Scrapbook with clippings about Guy Schafer’s (father) army service
1919

Series C:  Correspondence, 1940-1985Return to Top

This series contains letters and cards of condolences to the Schafer family following the death of Eldon Schafer in 1985. The series also contains cards marking Schafer’s retirement in 1985 as well as some birthday and Christmas cards.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box-Folder
7/4-12
Cards: Birthday, Retirement
1981-1985
18/3
Christmas cards
1970-1985
1/7-9
Commendations
1965-1985
17/1-13; 18/1-2
Condolences following Schafer’s death
1985
18/4
Miscellaneous
1940-1961

Series D:  Speeches and Writings, 1960-1985Return to Top

Schafer's speeches and writings include writings from his student days such as term papers, M.A. thesis, and Ph.D. dissertation; speeches given at in-service (annual staff orientation); and other speeches and writings from his career at the college. Some of the speeches are preserved on video tape and sound tape in Series F.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box-Folder
3/6
Commencement address - "A Lexicon for the Good Life," delivered by Lucy Schafer
1985
2/4-6
In-Service Speeches
1972-1984
1/10
MA Thesis: "A Study of Growth Factors Relating to Growth Problems of Capistrano High School
1960-1961
2/1
Ph.D. dissertation: "Unification: A Change of Power Structure Reflected in Board Composition
1966
3/9-13
Speech Material - quotations, jokes, etc.
undated
2/7
Speeches
1968-1977
3/1-5
Speeches, General
1978-1985
2/2-3
Term Papers and Book Reviews about Education
undated
3/7-8
Writings
1966-1983

Series E:  Subject Files, 1950-1986Return to Top

This series contains some records from Schafer’s tenure as college president. The records also document Schafer's involvement in international education. He participated in a World Education Seminar month-long tour of educational institutions in Europe and Asia in 1970. He traveled twice to China, in 1982 and 1984, as a member of the World Bank Educational Advisory Group which advised China on restructuring its vocational education. The collection contains correspondence and clippings that document Schafer's participation in the China advisory group; related ephemera are in Series G.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box-Folder
6/4
CASE District VIII Conference
1970
6/5
Commendation: LCC ranked among top five community college in nation
1985
6/7
Evaluation - Presidential
1979-1980
5/3
Ginkgo Tree Dedication
1985
7/13
Guest Books
1981-1985
6/6
Hult, Nils B., Humanitarian Award
1985
6/9
LCC Budget
1970-1977
5/7
LCC Contracts
1970-1984
6/10
LCC President, Richard Turner
1985-1986
6/11
LCC Presidential Search
1984
6/12
Los Angeles Times article
1966
7/1-3
Marie Y. Martin Professional Educators Award, letters, clippings
1981
6/15
Miscellaneous
1975-1985
5/6
News Clippings
1966-1985
5/5
Programs
1980-1986
6/13-14
Retirement: correspondence, clippings, program
1984-1985
5/4
Schafer Drive Dedication
1986
6/16-18
Tribute to a Friend: President Eldon Schafer: Ten Years of Dedication, 1970-1980” (scrapbook
1980
4/3-19
World Bank Educational Advisory Group (correspondence, writings, clippings, ephemera about
1982-1985
5/1-2
World Bank Educational Advisory Group (photograph albums, photographs, and slides about
1982-1984
4/1-2
World Education Seminar
1970

Series F:  Photographs, Slides, Video Tapes, and Audio Tapes, 1932-1985Return to Top

This series contains a great number of photographs including many portraits of Schafer; photographs taken at college activities and special events; photographs and slides from his trips to China; photographs from his college and army days; and photographs of the Schafer and Brokaw (family of his wife, Lucy) families. The audio recordings are mainly of college events and speeches; the video recordings are from his China trips and some college events, including his retirement party.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box-Folder
22 (oversize)
Photographs: Army basic training unit
1944-1945
23 (oversize)
Photographs: Army Special Training Unit 3921, Company B
1944
20/6
Photographs: Bandon
1985-1987
19/15
Photographs: Brokaw, Lucy Jane, portraits
1934-1978
19/16
Photographs: Brokaw, Arthur and Beatrice
circa 1929, 1949-1950
20/1
Photographs: Brokaw, Lucy and Carolyn
1932, 1962, 1985
20/2
Photographs: Brokaw, Lucy and Beatrice
1964, 1978, 1984
8/3
Photographs: Capistrano Union High School District (California)
1957-1965
19/14
Photographs: Chisholm, John
undated
19/9
Photographs: Christmas photo postcards
1947-1949
19/11
Photographs: Claremont Graduate School, graduations
1961, 1966
22 (oversize)
Photographs: Fishing trip
circa 1962
8/5-11, 17-18
Photographs: Lane Community College Events
1971-1984
8/4
Photographs: Linn-Benton Community College
1969-1971
19/13
Photographs: Miscellaneous
1970s-1985
19/8
Photographs: Pomona College
1947-1985
22 (oversize)
Photographs: Pomona football
1945-1948
19/10
Photographs: Pomona home
1950-1955
8/1-2
Photographs: Portraits
1960s-1980s
20/4-5
Photographs: Post-Death
1985
19/1-6
Photographs: Schafer Family
1917-1981
19/12
Photographs: Schafer Family Portraits
1970-1985
20/3
Photographs: Schafer, Kenneth
1982, 1986
8/12-16,19-20
Photographs: Special Events
1970-1982
9/1-14
Photographs: Special Events
1983-1986
9/15-18, 10/1-9
Photographs: World Bank Educational Advisory Group (China project)
1982-1984
19/7
Photographs: World War II service
1944-1945
12
Slides: World Bank Educational Advisory Group (China project)
1982-1984
audio tape box 1
Audio Recordings: China trip
1982,1984
audio tape box 1
Audio Recordings: Commencement address, "A Lexicon for the Good Life," delivered by Lucy
1985
audio tape box 1
Audio Recordings: Leon Lessinger, introduced by Dale Parnell
undated
audio tape box 1
Audio Recordings: Personal ID and the Administrative Spouse, panel at American Audio
circa 1979
audio tape box 1
Audio Recordings: Retention and Recruitment Seminar, panel at American Association of
circa 1979
audio tape box 1
Audio Recordings: Schafer Drive dedication
1986
audio tape box 1
Audio Recordings: Speech to Region X, National Conference of Community Relations People
1984
audio tape box 1
Audio Recordings: State of the College
1981
video box 4
Video Recordings: China trip
1984
video box 4
Video Recordings: Ginkgo tree dedication on LCC campus
1985
video box 4
Video Recordings: Press conference
1984
video box 4
Video Recordings: Retirement party, A Tribute to Dr. Eldon Schafer
1985
video box 4
Video Recordings: Speech, Historical Overview of Innovation in Community Colleges
1985

Series G:  Ephemera, 1939-1948Return to Top

This series contains ephemera from Schafer’s college and army days, from his trips to China, and other miscellaneous cards and items.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box-Folder
21
Athletic letters, employee badges, army insignia and dog tags
1939-1946
11
Badges, pins, key chains, paper weight, name plates, ribbons
undated
13
Banner reading "Good Luck" in Chinese
undated
14
Chinese silk tapestry of bird on blossoming tree
undated
24 (oversize)
Drawing : "Moose" - colored drawing of Schafer, nicknamed 'Moose'
1947
13
Ink rubbing from stone carving of Chinese aristocrat or soldier
undated
15
Retirement card signed by college staff
1985
20/8-12
Wallet, flower cards, postcards
1917-1985
10/10
Hat from China, calling cards
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Community colleges--Oregon
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Schafer, Eldon G.
  • Schafer, Lucy B.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lane Community College (Eugene, Or.)
  • Lane Community College (Eugene, Or.). President's Office