Manuscript Group 391
3.0 cubic feet
The papers of Agnes Crawford Schuldt were donated to the University of Idaho Library by her estate, via Malcolm and Carol Renfrew, between March and April 1996. They were processed by Judith Nielsen between December 1997 and January 1998.
Agnes Eunice Crawford Schuldt was born in Pontiac, Michigan, July 5, 1902, the daughter of William Alfred and Sue Archer Crawford. At the age of five or six the she moved with her family to Syracuse, New York where she began her piano studies at age 8. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B.Mus. in 1924. She then studied piano performance in New York City with Ernest Hutcheson for a year before returning to Syracuse for her master's degree which she received in 1927. After her graduation she a ccepted a position at the University of Idaho where she remained for three years; following her first year she spent the summer in Paris studying with Nadia Boulanger. She then taught at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, from 1930 to 1932. On July 2, 1932 s he married University of Idaho English professor Lester Schuldt at Maplewood, New Jersey. They returned to Moscow and she began giving private piano lessons since University policy would not allow two salaries to go to the same family. Following her husba nd's death in 1939 she left for a year of study with Harold Bauer in New York, then taught at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia for a year before joining the Red Cross. During World War II she was recreation director with the Red Cross, first at a station hospital in Camp Livingston, Louisiana, then North Africa in and finally Europe (Italy and France) where her job was to find occupation for soldiers whose injuries might keep them in hospital for extended periods. She organized hillbilly quartet s, leather-tooling classes, and taught square knotting of belts. When the war ended, she became the Red Cross representative at the Veteran's Psychiatric Hospital at Canandaigua, New York. While at the hospital she received a telegram saying a position in the University of Idaho's music faculty had opened and she returned to the University of Idaho in 1946 where she taught piano and music history until her retirement in 1967. She took a sabbatical in England in the spring of 1958 where she studied early 1 7th century music at Oxford University. After her retirement she was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Circle for four years. While there she developed interdisciplinary courses combining history, music, art, and scienc e, and also published related articles.
For many years she served as the faculty advisor to the college chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Fraternity for Women in Music. She was a member of the American Musicological Society, the American Association of University Professors, Internat ional Music Society, International Society for the Study of Time, and the academic honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Kappa Lambda. She was also a member of the Moscow Fine Arts Club, Pleiades, Ballet Folk of Moscow Guild, and fr om 1980 to 1983 served on the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
In addition to her music she was an avid gardener; in June 1987 she was named a Moscow Centennial Gardner. In 1974 she received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 1986 she established a perpetual endowment fund to be used to support th e University of Idaho School of Music library in recognition of which the library was named for her.
She died in Moscow on February 26, 1996.
The records of Agnes C. Schuldt span the years 1903 to 1996, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1927 to 1995.
Included in the records are papers related to her teaching, personal papers including her work with the Red Cross during World War II, correspondence, and photographs.
The papers of Agnes C. Schuldt were in no discernible order when received. Therefore a series order was imposed during processing.
The first series contains material related to her professional life as a teacher of piano and music history. Included are typescript and offprint copies of articles which she wrote. Also included are notes for lectures which she gave, notes and outline s for courses which she taught both and the University of Idaho and the University of Illinois Chicago Circle where she taught following her retirement. There are also articles about her, certificates she was awarded, articles about her colleagues in the music department, programs for recitals which she gave, and information on university programs she was involved with.
Series two contains personal papers. Included are address books, information on her several endowments to the university, poetry written by her father and sister, reports of her work with the Red Cross during World War II, income tax returns from 1985- 1993, and property tax receipts. There is also a large collection of correspondence. This is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, except in cases where only one or two letters were extant, or the last name of the writer was not known. Many of the let ters were from her sister Elizabeth who was a potter living in Maine. The largest group of letters is from Dean Donner, whom she met when he was an English faculty member at the University of Idaho in the late 1920's. He left the U of I, but remained clos e friends with Agnes and Lester, and wrote her often over the years. At the time of her retirement from the U of I he was Dean of Letters and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, and she taught there for several years. The Donner letter s span the years 1961 to 1993. There are also some letters from Agnes to her sister, mostly during the time she was with the Red Cross. There is one trip diary written during her voyage to Europe in 1958. The final items in this series are a 1903 book of Madge Bigham Stories of Mother Goose Village, and a Polyglot Bible which belonged to her father.
The final series consists of photographs. Some of these were in envelopes identified with a name, or location, but most were undated and unidentified. Included are five tintypes in frames, and two photograph albums which were left intact. Individual ph otographs were grouped in general headings and include American Red Cross, Elizabeth Crawford, William and Sue Crawford, the Donner family, photographs of family and friends, photographs of her houses and the garden at the house she occupied from 1951 unt il her death, personal events such as her wedding and birthdays, photographs of Agnes from 1903 to 1995, photographs of her husband Lester, the Sewell family who lived near Elizabeth, and slides of art work. The travel photographs consist of photographs o f France which may or may not be commercial, and postcards, many of which she wrote to Earl and Ada David in Moscow.
Among the items removed from the collection were articles cut from magazines such as the New Yorker, which dealt with aspects of music and dance, theater programs, paid checks and bank statements, greeting cards without notes, maps, owners manuals and warranty cards, orders and invoices for plants and gardening supplies, and unused post cards. This reduced the records by 1 cubic foot.
I. Professional Papers, 1927-1991 1
II. Personal Papers, 1924-1996 2
III. Photographs, 1900-1995 3
Box Folder Description Items
1 1 AAUP lecture series, 1953 1 2 Article: Abstraction, n.d. 1 3 Article: Molecules and music, n.d. 2 4 Article: Music and the twentieth century tendency to abstraction, 1974 3 5 Article: Notes with music, 1963 1 6 Article: Silence and sound (Molecules and music), n.d. 1 7 Article: Sound and silence, 1972 3 8 Article: The voices of time in music, 1976 2 9 Articles and outlines, untitled, n.d. 6 10 Book, Typescript: New perspectives in the arts and sciences in the 20th century, 1971 2 11 Forum on the Humanities, 1984 1 12 Review of Lipman, Samuel. Music after modernism, 1979 3 13 Nyberg, Gary. A comparative study of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euidice and Orphee et Euridice, 1977 2 14 History of fine arts (notes), n.d. 1 15 Report on sabbatical leave, 1959 2 16 Course: Interdisciplinary 400a, 1972-1973 15 17 Course: Music 11 & 12, 1966-1967 2 18 Course: Music 101-102, 1965-1967 4 19 Course: Music 104, 1959 1 20 Course: Music 208 topics, 1964-1966 12 21 Course: Music History 404, 1977 18 22 Course: Philosophy 204 & 121, 1974-1976 13 23 Course, UICC: Music 220, 1969-1972 12 24 Course, UICC: Music 220, 1970 2 25 Course, UICC: Music 288-289, 1970-1972 12 26 Other notes, n.d. 13 27 Articles about Agnes C. Schuldt, 1967-1974 4 28 Carillons, n.d. 8 29 Certificates, diplomas, etc., 1959-1970 4 30 Colleagues, articles about, 1964-1990 3 31 Correspondence: Publications, 1974-1981 44 32 Correspondence: University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, 1969-1970 11 33 Donner, Dean Benton, 1955-1985 6 34 Duffy, Joe. Stories, n.d. 2 35 Idaho Commission on the Arts. Panel on Indian Crafts, 1985 10 36 International society for the study of time, 1976-1991 25 37 Medieval scores (photocopies), n.d. 3 38 Mentors program, 1981-1983 16 39 Recital programs: U of I, 1927-1965 18 40 Recital programs: Moscow Music Club, 1933-1962 4 41 Recital programs: Other locations, 1927-1969 8 42 Rowell, Lewis, 1979-1984 3 43 Sabbatical in Oxford, 1956-1957 12 44 U of I Centennial Committee, Historical sub-committee, 1984 12 45 UIRA (University of Idaho Retirees Association, 1979-1984 6 46 Research note cards, n.d. 1550
2 47 Address books, n.d. 5 48 Agnes Crawford Schuldt Letters and Science Endowment, 1991 4 49 Agnes Crawford Schuldt Music library endowment, 1989 3 50 Chamberlain, Lawrence & Mildred, 1981-1990 21 51 Check register of tax deductibles, 1981-1990 1 52 Christmas greetings, 1991-1995 20 53 Correspondence: general, 1988-1995 40 54-59 Correspondence: Crawford, Elizabeth (sister) 1933-1961 70 60-65 Correspondence: Donner, Dean, Lois and family. 1961-1993 202 66 Correspondence: Grimm, Jeff, 1994 3 67 Correspondence: Jochen, Dagny, 1987-1992 25 68 Correspondence: McDermit, Anne, 1991-1994 7 69 Correspondence: Schuldt, Agnes, to family, 1924-1939 9 70-71 Correspondence: Schuldt, Agnes to Elizabeth Crawford, 1942-1944, 1958 31 72 Correspondence: Schuldt, Lester, 1931-1939 9 73 Correspondence: Sewell, Marnie and family, 1948-1995 21 74 Correspondence: Voigt, Milton, 1988-1991 16 75 Correspondence: Wise, Elizabeth Stevenson, 1988-1989 5 76 Crawford, Elizabeth, poetry, n.d. 4 77 Crawford, William A., poetry, 1917-1924 7 78 Death and tributes, 1996 3 79 Death and tributes: Letters to Malcolm and Carol Renfrew, 1996 29 80 Dinners, etc., 1966-1982 1 81 Donations to the U of I, 1981-1995 27 82 Health care, 1989-1995 14 83 House, 1304 Deakin, 1951-1995 10 84 Income tax data sheet, 1980 1 85-93 Income tax returns, 1985-1993 80 94 Legal documents, ID cards, 1894-1995 18 95 Lester and Agnes Schuldt Faculty Seminar Endowment for Academic Excellence in the Humanities, 1993 3 96 Passports, etc., 1928-1985 8 97 Pleiades Club, 1970-1992 11 98 Property tax statements, 1960-1979 23 99 Red Cross, 1943-1946 27 100 Renfrew, Malcolm, 1985 5 101 Schuldt, Lester, death, 1939 10 102 Sewell, Richard C., Wat Tyler (notations by ACS), 1988 3 103 Stationery, n.d. 5 104 Trip diary, 1958 1 105 Book: Bigham, Madge A., Stories of Mother Goose Village, 1903 1 106 Book: Polyglot Bible belonging to Will. A. Crawford, dated in pen, Apl 6, 1889 1
3 107 American Red Cross, 1942-1945 36 108 Chicago, 1969-1972 49 109 Corfu, 1982 28 110-111 Crawford, Elizabeth, ca.1900-1967 112 112 Crawford, John, n.d. 5 113 Crawford, William and Sue, n.d. 21 114 Donner, Dean, Lois & family, 1954-1989 87 115 Family photographs, ca.1900-1928 111 116 Friends, 1933-1983 67 117 Houses and garden, 1932-1989 167 118 Miscellaneous, ca.1937-1983 46 119 Personal events, 1932-1987 37 120 Photograph album, 1932 and earlier 1 121 Pleiades Club, ca.1992 4 122 Schuldt, Agnes, 1903-1995 46 123 Schuldt, Lester, n.d. 18 124 Sewell, Marnie & family, ca.1950-1995 15 125 Slides of art, n.d. 177 126 Travels, ca.1928-1969 41 127-128 Photograph albums, n.d 2 129-133 Tin types in frames, n.d. 5
Added June 1999
134 Music scores, manuscript book, and other papers from ACS' piano bench, n.d.