Helen Louise Schaffer papers, 1910-1956

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Title: Helen Louise Schaffer papers
Collection number: PASC-M 7
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.0 linear ft. (5 flat boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1910-1956
Abstract: This collection contains the sheet music manuscripts, published scores, and personal papers of American composer Helen Louise Schaffer.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
creator: Schaffer, Helen Louise

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Helen Louise Schaffer Papers (Collection PASC-M 7). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lori Dedeyan in 2015.


Helen Louise Schaffer was an American composer. Schaffer resided in Los Angeles, where she taught music and composed popular songs, instrumental pieces, and the occasional radio play.

Scope and Content

This collection consists largely of manuscript scores by Helen Louise Shaffer. Also included are published scores and personal materials, such as photographs and correspondence.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1. Scores
    • Subseries 1.1. Manuscript Scores
    • Subseries 1.2. Published scores
  • Series 2. Personal papers.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2976763 

Subjects and Indexing Terms


Container List


Series 1. Scores.

Scope and Content

This series contains manuscripts, manuscript reproductions, and published scores by Helen Louise Schaffer. They are largely vocal and piano scores, though a few full scores are also present. Also included are five composition notebooks and three pieces by Charles Wakefield Cadman.

Subseries 1.1. Manuscript scores.. circa 1910-1955..

Box 1, Folder 1


Scope and Content

  • America, My Homeland. vocal score. undated
  • American Minuet. piano score. undated
  • And They Shall Be Taught of God. vocal score. undated
  • April Day. piano score. undated
  • At the Birdies' Ball. piano score. undated
  • Au Promenade. cello score. undated
  • Awake, Beloved!. vocal score. undated
Box 1, Folder 2


Scope and Content

  • Band Parode. vocal score. undated
  • Buffoon. piano score. undated
  • Butterfly Waltz. piano score. undated
  • Bye- Lo Baby. vocal score. undated
  • By the Pond- High Summer. vocal score. undated
Box 1, Folders 3-4


Scope and Content

  • Cherie. vocal score. undated
  • Chiffon. piano score. undated
  • Chinese Water Lilies. orchestral score and parts. undated
  • The Christ is Born. vocal score. undated
  • Christmas Carols in Chinese (Duet Form for Children). piano score. undated
  • Cottonland Lullaby. vocal score. undated
  • Crowning the May Queen. vocal score. undated
Box 1, Folder 5


Scope and Content

  • Dance Espagnole. piano score. undated
  • Dance of the Water Sprites. piano score. undated
  • Dancing Daffodils. piano score. undated
  • Dancing Stars. piano score. undated
  • Danse Caprice. piano score. undated
  • Danse des Fleurs. piano score. undated
  • De Lord Says to Me. vocal score. undated
  • The Dolls' Minuet. piano score. undated
  • Down Where the Sun Meets the Sea. vocal score. undated
  • Darlin' (An Irish Love Song). vocal score. undated
  • Down by the Southern Sea. vocal score. undated
Box 2, Folder 1


Scope and Content

  • Elf's Ballet. piano score. undated
Box 2, Folder 2


Scope and Content

  • Fiesta Moon. vocal score. undated
  • Five Dance Forms. piano score. undated
  • The Flowers' Slumber Song. vocal score. undated
Box 2, Folder 3


Scope and Content

  • God Doth Always See Us Through. vocal score. undated
Box 2, Folder 4


Scope and Content

  • The Happy Fairies. vocal score. undated
  • Heart Wings. vocal score. undated
Box 2, Folder 5


Scope and Content

  • If We Could Have a Little Talk. vocal score. undated
  • I Have Done Away With Dreams. vocal score. undated
  • I Love You, Dear. vocal score. undated
  • I'm In Love. vocal score. undated
  • In California Land. vocal score. undated
  • Invention in Two Parts. piano score. undated
  • Irish Cupid. vocal score. undated
  • I Thought I Could Do Without You. vocal score. undated
Box 2, Folder 6


Scope and Content

  • Jardin Des Fleurs. piano score. undated
  • Just Be Grateful. vocal score. 1947
  • Just You. vocal score. undated
Box 2, Folder 7


Scope and Content

  • Little Melody. piano score. undated
  • Little Sweet. vocal score. undated
  • Love. vocal score. undated
  • Love's Fulfillment. piano score. undated
Box 2, Folder 8


Scope and Content

  • Marching Men. vocal score. undated
  • Marching Millions. vocal score. undated
  • Marietta. vocal score. undated
  • May Madrigal. vocal score. undated
  • Meditation. piano score. undated
  • Melody. organ score. undated
  • The Men That Go to Sea. vocal score. undated
  • The Merry Christmas Bells. vocal score. undated
  • Moderne. piano score. undated
  • Mon Ami. vocal score. undated
  • Morning in the Harbor. vocal score. undated
  • My Apple Pie, Dear. vocal score. undated
  • My Country. vocal score. undated
  • My Lucky Star. vocal score. undated
Box 2, Folder 9


Scope and Content

  • O'er Waiting Harpstrings of the Mind. vocal score. undated
  • O Gentle Presence. vocal score. undated
  • One, Only One. vocal score. circa 1947
  • On Wings of Love. vocal score. undated
  • Opportunity. vocal score. undated
  • O Praise the Lord. vocal score. undated
  • Oregon Study. piano score. undated
  • Our Flag. vocal score. undated
Box 3, Folder 1


Scope and Content

  • Paris in Spring. vocal score. undated
  • Pierrette. piano score. undated
  • Pierrot. piano score. undated
  • The Playful Kittens. piano score. undated
  • Playing Indian. vocal score. undated
  • Pony Ride. piano score. undated
Box 3, Folder 2


Scope and Content

  • The Reason. vocal score. undated
  • A Red Bird Sang in a Green, Green Tree. vocal score. undated
  • The Red, White, and Blue. vocal score. undated
  • Reverie. violin score. undated
  • Romance. piano score. undated
Box 3, Folder 3


Scope and Content

  • The Secret of a Happy Day. vocal score. undated
  • Serenade des Fleurs. piano score. undated
  • Silent Night. piano score. undated
  • The Skylark. piano score. undated
  • Songs of the Months. vocal score. undated
  • Spring Blossoms. vocal, piano, and orchestral scores. undated
  • The Story Teller. piano score. undated
  • Sunny California. vocal scores. undated
Box 3, Folder 4


Scope and Content

  • Tango Argentina. piano score. undated
  • A Thank You Song. vocal score. undated
  • Toccata Caprice. organ score. undated
Box 3, Folder 5


Scope and Content

  • United Nations (Hail to You). vocal score. undated
  • Use a Little More of Love. vocal score. undated
Box 3, Folder 6


Scope and Content

  • Waltz Charming. piano score. undated
  • Waltz Ideal. piano score. undated
  • Waltz Iowa. vocal score. undated
  • Wayside Flowers. piano score. undated
  • When I'm Waltzing. vocal score. undated
  • Where the Sun Meets the Sea. vocal score. undated
  • The Willow. vocal score. undated
  • The Word. vocal score. circa 1955
Box 3, Folder 7


Scope and Content

  • Young Arthur McArthur's March. piano score. undated
Box 3, Folder 8

Score fragments. undated.

Box 4, Folders 1-2

Music composition notebooks. circa 1910-1944.

Scope and Content

Five notebooks containing scores and sketches for many of the previously listed compositions.
Box 3, Folder 9

Scores by Charles Wakefield Cadman. undated.

Scope and Content

Includes "No Blackout", "Prayer Universal", and "A Serenade in Town".

Subseries 1.2. Published scores. 1910-1953.

Box 4, Folder 3

Bye- Lo Baby. vocal scores. 1922.

Box 4, Folder 4

By the Sea. vocal scores. 1922.

Box 4, Folder 5

Dear Little Boy. vocal scores. 1947.

Box 4, Folder 6

Fiesta Moon. vocal score. 1953.

Box 4, Folder 7

I Have Done Away With Dreams. vocal scores. 1940, 1946.

Box 5, Folder 1

I Love You, Dear. vocal scores. 1948.

Box 5, Folder 2

May Madrigal. vocal scores. 1940.

Box 5, Folder 3

A Red Bird Sang in a Green, Green Tree. vocal scores. 1944.

Box 5, Folder 4

Remember Last Night. vocal scores. 1939.

Box 5, Folder 5

Six March Rhythms for Piano. piano score. 1931.

Box 5, Folder 6

Somehow I Know. vocal score. 1923.

Box 5, Folder 7

Songs (includes 'Mid The Roses and Because of You). vocal scores. 1910.

Box 5, Folder 8

Sweet Apple Blossoms. vocal scores. 1923.

Box 5, Folder 9

Tell Me If Love is a Dream. vocal score. 1911.


Series 2. Personal papers. 1924-1956.

Scope and Content

This series contains materials belonging to Helen Shaffer. Included are photographs, correspondence, scripts, and print material.
Box 5, Folder 10

Photographs. circa 1930s-1950s.

Box 5, Folder 11

Correspondence. 1938-1956.

Box 5, Folder 12

Scripts for I Have Done Away With Dreams radio play. undated.

Box 5, Folder 13

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, In- Service Training. May Day Music, scores by Helen Louise Schaffer. 1949-1951.


Issue of The Woman Athletic (Vol. 9, No. 11). 1924 October- November.