MS - 057: The Papers of Donna O. Schaper, Class of 1969: The Gettysburg Years

MS-057: The Papers of Donna O. Schaper, Class of 1969: The Gettysburg Years

(10 boxes, 2.29 cubic feet) 

Inclusive Dates: 1965-75

Processed by: Aya Asano, Shannon Sweitzer and Keith Swaney

May 2004

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Provenance Donated by Donna Schaper in January 2001. 


 Donna Osterhoudt Schaper grew up in Martinsburg, West Virginia and entered Gettysburg College during the fall of 1965.  As an advocate for peace, she joined the student protest movement against the Vietnam War.  In addition, Schaper was active in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority as well as the College Chapel.  After graduating with a BA in English in 1969, she worked as an intern with the College Chapel before entering the Lutheran Theological Seminary, where she earned her Masters degree in divinity.  She has worked with churches in both the collegiate and public setting and has published a number of works on spirituality, including Sabbath Keeping, Mature Grief: When a Parent Dies, Sabbath Sense: A Spiritual Antidote for the Overworked, and The Art of Spiritual Rock Gardening

Series Description

The series is divided into three series.  Series I: Correspondence; Series II: College Papers; Series III: Scrapbooks.

Scope and Content Notes

 The first of many series of Schapers’ papers, The Gettysburg Years, includes four boxes of processed papers, as well as six scrapbooks (3.25 cubic feet total).  This Series is arranged into three sub-series: Correspondence, College Papers, and Scrapbooks.  Most of the material is original.

Series I: Correspondence 

This Sub-Series contains letters—many of which were addressed to Donna and Bob Schaper—arranged by sender.  Most of the correspondence consists of original, autographed letters signed.  Researchers should note that the letters received by Donna while at Gettysburg College are located in this series, rather than in Sub-Series B of Series I.

Series II: College Papers

Sub-Series B documents Donna (Osterhoudt) Schaper’s undergraduate years.  It includes original, handwritten lecture notes from Schaper’s coursework in history, sociology, literature, contemporary religious thought, and drama.  In addition, box two of the collection holds her college research papers, written between 1967 and 1970.  For a complete inventory of the titles to these manuscripts, consult the list that is located in box two, folder six.

In addition to these materials, researchers may find other parts of this sub-series to be useful.  For instance, one will discover anti-Vietnam manuscripts in this part of the collection, as well as protest publications that students circulated at Gettysburg College during the late-1960s.  Furthermore, the researcher will discover materials about campus activities and organizations, such as Gamma Phi Beta and “Peace Week,” and Schaper’s role in them.  

One should consult the subject file entitled “Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary” to find Donna Schaper’s papers that document her coursework at the Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Photocopies of Schaper’s scrapbooks (originals located in series three) can be found in this series as well (box three, folders eight and nine and box four, folder twenty-one).

Series III: Scrapbooks

This series contains six of Donna Schaper’s scrapbooks that were conserved during the processing of this collection.  They cover Schaper’s middle school, high school, and college years.  Additionally, two of the scrapbooks include materials from her early years as a pastor.

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