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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: Manuscripts Collection 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: 9.60 cubic feet

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

Titles (Other):

  • Papers


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

Abraham Schellenberg (1845-1920)--a farmer and Mennonite elder, of southern Russia, Kansas--was the grandfather of T.R. Schellenberg. Abraham married Katherina Lohrenz in 1869. A. L. (Abraham Lohrenz, 1869-1941)--a newspaperman, farmer, of Kansas, 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, Kan., amidst relatives.

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

Theodore Roosevelt Schellenberg was the son of A. L. & Sarah Schellenberg. He was born in 1903 in Reno County, Kan. He received elementary education at McPherson (1908-12) and Hillsboro (1912-15), Kan. T. R. attended high school at Hillsboro (1916-18) and Tabor Academy (Hillsboro, Kan.) (1919-22). He attended Tabor College (Hillsboro), 1924-26, and transferred to the University of Kansas (Lawrence) receiving a bachelor of arts degree in 1928 and a master's degree in 1930. He was a history professor at the University of Kansas 1929-30. He joined the staff of the National Archives (U.S.) and rose to the position of deputy archivist of the U.S. 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.

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:
  • MS 1152:
  • MS 1153:
  • MS 1154:
  • MS 1155:
  • MS 1156:
Complete microfilm list

Related Records or Collections

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 L., 1869-1941
    Schellenberg, Abraham, 1845-1920
    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.