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T. R. Schellenberg papers [manuscript]

Creator: Schellenberg, T. R. (Theodore R.), 1903-1970

Date: 1875-1969

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 17

Unit ID: 40017

Biographical sketch:
T. R. Schellenberg: Historian, archivist, author; of Kansas, Virginia. Full name: Theodore Roosevelt Schellenberg.

A. L. Schellenberg: Newspaperman, farmer, father of T. R. Schellenberg; of Kansas, Texas. Full name: Abraham Lohrenz Schellenberg. Born 1869, died 1941.

Abraham Schellenberg: Farmer, Mennonite elder, grandfather of T. R. Schellenberg; of southern Russia, Kansas. Born 1845, died 1920.

Abstract: This collection contains the papers of T. R. Schellenberg; his father, A. L. Schellenberg; and his grandfather, Abraham Schellenberg. Papers of T. R. Schellenberg include a bibliography; biographical material; certificates; memorabilia; personal letters; school records; papers of family members; professional correspondence; and photographs, speeches, & papers relating to domestic & foreign professional activities. Papers of A. L. Schellenberg contain bibliographical notices; a biography; biographical & business correspondence; personal letters; photographs; a school notebook; personal letters & reminiscences of his wife, Sarah Schroeder Schellenberg; and personal letters of children. Papers of Abraham Schellenberg include bibliographical notices, a family register, a farm account book, genealogical data, letters, a passenger list, and letters of children.

Space Required/Quantity: 10 ft. (24 boxes).

Title (Main title): T. R. Schellenberg papers [manuscript]

Titles (Other):

  • Papers
  • Schellenberg family papers

Language note: In part in German, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish.


Biog. Sketch (Full):

Abraham Schellenberg (1845-1920), a farmer and Mennonite elder of southern Russia and Kansas, was the grandfather of T.R. Schellenberg. Abraham married Katherina Lohrenz in 1869. A. L. (Abraham Lohrenz, 1869-1941), a newspaperman and farmer of Kansas and Texas, was their son. The family migrated to Kansas in the late 1870s because Katherina's parents were already there. Abraham, Katherina, and their five children settled in Garden Township, Harvey County, Kansas, amidst relatives.

A. L. (Abraham Lohrenz, 1869-1941), a newspaperman and farmer of Kansas and Texas, was their son.

T. R. (Theodore Roosevelt) Schellenberg (1903-1970) was the son of A. L. & Sarah Schellenberg. He was born in 1903 in Reno County, Kansas. He received elementary education at McPherson (1908-12) and Hillsboro (1912-15), Kansas. T. R. attended high school at Hillsboro from 1916 through 1918 and Tabor Academy in Hillsboro from 1919 until 1922. He attended Tabor College in Hillsboro from 1924 through 1926 and transferred to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in 1928 and a master's degree in 1930. He then went to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he earned a doctor of philosophy degree in 1934.

He was a history teacher at the University of Kansas in 1929 and 1930. He joined the staff of the National Archives (U.S.) and rose to the position of deputy archivist of the United States. While there, he became the country's pre-eminent archival theorist and wrote several books on archival theory & practice. He also taught at universities worldwide and consulted with archives in many countries, especially in Latin America. He died in 1970.

Scope and Content

Contents: Abraham Schellenberg papers, 1875-1921 (microfilm roll MS 1244) -- A. L. Schellenberg papers, 1897-1941 (boxes 2-4) -- T. R. Schellenberg papers, 1921-1969 (microfilm rolls MS 1137-MS 1163).


Locator Contents
002-11-07-02 to 002-12-02-06   


  • MS 1137: Bibliography ; biographical material ; certificates ; memorabilia ; personal letters 1921-1945
  • MS 1138: Personal letters ; school records ; Alma (Groening) Schellenberg 1946-1967
  • MS 1139: Personal letters of children: Paul H. ; Rosemary ; Karl A. 1939-1960
  • MS 1140: Personal letters of children: Karl A.; Betty Jo (Booker) 1961-1968
  • MS 1141: Personal letters rec'd ; prof. corr. ; employment (1929-48) ; foreign (1954-69) ; general (1930-39) 1929-1969
  • MS 1142: General: 1940-1969 ; Mennonite historical sources 1940-1969
  • MS 1143: Rockefeller Fdn, photos, speeches, papers, Nat'l Arch., reports, handbooks, observations, bulletins
  • MS 1144: Topical outlines ; Joint Commission on Materials for Research ; Am. Hist. Assn. ; Ag. Hist. Soc. 1934-1944
  • MS 1145: Nat'l Ag. Jefferson Bicentennial Cmte. 1944; Soc. of Am. Archivists; Institute on Archival Mgt., UT 1944-1960
  • MS 1146: Arch Mgt, U of WA; Fed Rec Ctrs; Nat'l Coun of Ch of Christ; papers; Fulbright; activ; corr 1953-4 1953-1962
  • MS 1147: Correspondence, 1954-67 ; clippings, 1954-55 ; minutes, records (Australia) 1954 1954-1967
  • MS 1148: International trips, 1954-60 ; general correspondence, 1959-61 1954-1961
  • MS 1149: South America ; clippings ; diary ; Philippines, 1962 ; Mexico, 1962-63 1962-1963
  • MS 1150: Inter-Am. Archival Seminar 1959-63; copies of ls. sent 1959-61: participants, reports, mtgs., pubs. 1959-1963
  • MS 1151: Latin American Archival Seminar; Inter-Amer. Council on Archives; UNESCO Proj. on Latin Amer. Guides 1962-1962
  • MS 1152: UNESCO Latin Am Guides; Lat-Am Guide Proj, U of TX; Caribbean Conf; Int'l extraord & Amer hist confs 1962-1966
  • MS 1153: Papers: Publications: Correspondence; Modern archives: Amer., Ger., Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish eds.
  • MS 1154: Modern archives: Reviews, gen. corr.; Private and public records: Corr., Notes: Mass., St Lib'ns, NY
  • MS 1155: Papers: Publications: Private and Public records: Notes, Reviews; Copies of articles: 1936-1954 Jan. 1936-1954
  • MS 1156: Copies of articles: 1954 Mar.-1966; Copies of books. Education: KU: Davis: Modern Asia, Latin Amer. 1926-1966
Complete microfilm list

Related Records or Collections

Associated materials: Personal files of T. R. Schellenberg (1 container ; 12 x 10 x 1 in.), Abraham Schellenberg (1 container : 11 x 13 x 3 in.), and Abraham L. Schellenberg (1 container ; 11 x 13 x 3 in.) are held by the Tabor College Library (Hillsboro, Kan.): https://taborcollegelibrary.on.worldcat.org/search?sortKey=LIBRARY&databaseList=638&queryString=au%3A%28Schellenberg%29&changedFacet=format&overrideStickyFacetDefault=&selectSortKey=LIBRARY&clusterResults=on&expandSearch=on&overrideGroupVariant=&overrideGroupVariantValue=&scope=wz%3A6066&format=Archv&year=all&yearFrom=&yearTo=&author=all&topic=all&database=all&language=all&materialtype=all

Other Finding Aid/Index: Finding aids available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka) and on the Internet at http://www.kshs.org/p/schellenberg-family-papers/14113

Index Terms


    Schallenberger family
    Schellenberg family
    Garden City (Harvey County, Kan.)
    Harvey County (Kan.)
    Marion County (Kan.)
    McPherson County (Kan.)
    Reno County (Kan.)
    Schellenberg, Abraham, 1845-1920
    Schellenberg, Abraham L., 1869-1941
    Schellenberg, T. R. (Theodore R.), 1903-1970
    Schellenberg, T. R. (Theodore R.), 1903-1970 -- Diaries
    Authors, American -- Virginia
    Farmers -- Kansas -- Harvey County
    Historians -- Virginia
    Newspaper employees -- United States
    Agriculture -- Kansas -- Garden (Harvey County)
    Agriculture -- Kansas -- Harvey County
    American letters -- Kansas -- History -- 20th century
    Appraisal of archival materials
    Archives -- Acquisition
    Archives -- Processing
    Business literature -- Publishing
    Mennonites -- Kansas

Creators and Contributors

Additional Information for Researchers

Use and reproduction: Information on literary rights available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).

Add'l physical form: Abraham Schellenberg papers and T. R. Schellenberg papers, 1875-1969: Microfilm. Topeka, Kan. : Kansas State Historical Society, 1983. 12 ft. (on 28 microfilm reels) ; 35 mm. Rolls MS 1244, MS 1137-1163, available for research or inter-library loan.

Action note: Collection arranged by T. R. Schellenberg and used to test his theories of archival organization.


General Note: Title supplied by cataloger.

General Note: Papers, 1897-1941, of A. L. Schellenberg, father of T. R. Schellenberg (boxes 2-4) have not been microfilmed.

General Note: Collection (no. 17). Organized by creator.