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Finding Aid for the George Schaefer Papers, 1951-1991
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George Schaefer papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1951-1991
    Collection number: 588
    Creator: Schaefer, George, 1920-
    Extent: 56 boxes (28 linear ft.) 23 oversize boxes 1 map folder 1 shoebox
    Abstract: George Schaefer (1920-1991) was a producer and director for television, film, and theatre productions. The collection consists of correspondence, production files, and scrapbooks related to Schaefer's career, particularly his work with television's Hallmark Hall of Fame.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mildred Schaefer, 1999.

    Processing Information:

    The collection was initially sorted and selected by George Schaefer circa 1990, before the boxes were placed into storage in Santa Monica. Sybil Trubin, a business associate at George Schaefer Productions, also sorted through the material before and after its transfer to UCLA, Shared Processing Facility, in 1999.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George Schaefer Papers (Collection 588). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5163195 


    George Schaefer (1920-1997) earned his B.A. from Lafayette College before attending Yale Drama School for one year. He enlisted in the army during World War II, where he directed over fifty plays for the Central Pacific Base Command. Following the war, he headed to New York to continue his work in the theatre. In 1953 he began his collaboration with Hallmark Hall of Fame television productions, directing a live televised stage performance of Hamlet. Schaefer eventually produced and/or directed 57 Hallmark productions, while he continued his work in theatre, feature films, and other television movies. His career spanned over 60 years, during which time he received many accolades. In 1985, he became the chair of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Two years later, he became Associate Dean. Schaefer died following a long illness in 1991.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of George Schaefer's correspondence and production files related to over eighty television, theatre, and film projects. Files include production materials, clippings, publicity kits, scripts, and business correspondence, including correspondence originating from Compass Productions and Foote, Cone, and Belding. The bulk of material relates to Schaefer's directorial and production responsibilities for approximately 40 Hallmark Hall of Fame television productions. The files also include scrapbooks of publicity materials and clippings, posters, a portion of his many awards and honors, and small amount of teaching material from Schaefer's tenure as Department Chair and Associate Dean of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Awards and honors, 1962-1982 (5 boxes).
    2. Feature films, 1951-1981 (5 boxes), subseries A-B as follows:
      1. Production files, 1951-1981.
      2. Scrapbook, 1968-1969.
    3. Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1953-1982 (48 boxes), subseries A-D as follows:
      1. Foote, Cone, and Belding correspondence, 1959-1982.
      2. Hallmark files, 1957-1982.
      3. Production files, 1953-1982.
      4. Scrapbooks, 1959-1969.
    4. Miscellaneous, 1957-1991 (3 boxes), subseries A-C as follows:
      1. Compass Productions, 1957-1973.
      2. Production materials, 1961-1976.
      3. UCLA, 1970-1991.
    5. Television, 1959-1989 (11 boxes), subseries A-B as follows:
      1. Production files, 1959-1989.
      2. Scrapbook, 1966-1968.
    6. Theatre, 1961-1987 (4 boxes), subseries A-B as follows:
      1. Production files, 1961-1987.
      2. Scrapbook, 1961-1963.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Schaefer, George, 1920- --Archives.
    Television producers and directors--United States--Archival resources.
    Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, Inc.
    Compass Productions.