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Finding Aid for the George Schaefer Papers, 1951-1991 LSC.0588
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  • Conditions on Access
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  • Title: George Schaefer papers
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0588
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 46.6 linear ft. (56 boxes, 23 oversize flat boxes, 1 map folder, 1 shoe box)
    Date: 1951-1991
    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.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Creator: Schaefer, George, 1920-

    Conditions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library 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 UCLA Library Special Collections does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

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

    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. Processed by Andrea Eitsert, with assistance from Laurel McPhee, Winter 2005 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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