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Florence Louise Schaeffer Papers

Identifier: MSS 0105

Scope and Contents

The collection contains teaching materials, syllabi, and writings created by Schaeffer.


  • 1906 - 1973


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Florence Louise Schaeffer was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 13, 1900 to parents John A. and Louise (Bernhardt) Schaeffer. She attended William L. Dickinson High School, from which she graduated in January 1917.

Schaeffer received an A.B. in Mathematics from Barnard College in 1920. She attended Mt. Holyoke College for graduate study and while there worked as an assistant in chemistry, receiving her M.A. in 1922. That same year Schaeffer was hired as an instructor in the Chemistry Department at the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG). She became Head of the Chemistry Department in 1934, leading the department for the next thirty years.

In her time at UNCG, Schaeffer was instrumental in establishing a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship Society at the college. From 1964 until her retirement in 1972, Schaeffer continued to work part-time teaching in the Chemistry Department. She died in 1983.


3.20 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Florence Louise Schaeffer joined the Chemistry Department at the Woman's College (now UNCG) in 1922. She became Department Head in 1934 and taught at the College until 1973.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from the Chemistry Department in February 1990, 2004, and 2010.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US