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Schlachter (Gail) Financial Aid Directory Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Gail Schlachter Financial Aid Directory Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS-2017-07-27
    Physical Description: 24 boxes (30 linear ft.)
    Date (inclusive): 1977-2016
    Abstract: The Gail Schlachter Financial Aid Directory Collection, 1977-2016, is a collection of financial aid guides published by Reference Service Press that provide information of funding opportunities available for college- and graduate school-bound students and groups of people. The Collection also includes copies of a journal edited by Gail Schlachter, Reference & User Services Quarterly.

    Conditions Governing Use

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Gail Schlachter Financial Aid Directory Collection, MSS-2017-07-27, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Dakota Greenwich and Kate Steffens.

    Biographical Note

    Gail A. Schlachter (1943-2015) worked for more than 30 years as a librarian, administrator, educator, and publisher in the library and information science fields. She served on professional councils, as editor of the journal Reference and User Services Quarterly, and received numerous awards and recognitions for her work as well as for her publications. In 1971, Schlachter became the first doctoral graduate in Library Science at the University of Minnesota. She was also the founder and president of Reference Service Press, a company that focuses on developing and disseminating financial aid resources for college and graduate students. During the 1970s and 1980s, Schlachter published books containing information on available U.S. scholarships and financial aid, including The Directory of Financial Aids for Women, later followed up with The Directory of Financial Aids for Minorities, along with books detailing opportunities for veterans, people with disabilities, and other special groups. The information Schlachter collected was compiled into a digital database of scholarships, which is currently run and updated by her former colleague. The database includes scholarship information shared with other database services such as Scholarships for Service, a tool that helps military families find financial aid. In 2015, she was posthumously inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the profession.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection includes financial aid directories published by Reference Service Press that document the financial aid, scholarship, and funding opportunities available for students of varying degree majors, groups of people, and students in general. The collection also includes copies of the journal edited by Gail Schlachter and a social sciences bibliography authored by Schlachter. The date range for the collection is 1977-2016, but more than half of the material in the collection falls between 1995-2016.


    The collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Directories for Groups of People; Series II. Directories for Degree Programs; Series III. Directories for General Studies; and Series IV. Other Schlachter Writings.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Student aid
    Reference books
    Libraries -- Periodicals
    San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives
    Hirsh, Sandy