Collection ID: 1983.0008

Collection context

Summary

Date:
undated, 1898-1972
Abstract:
Andre Schenker was born in 1897 and received his education at the Connecticut Agricultural College (UConn) and Yale University. He was a professor of history at UConn from 1928 - 1965.
Extent:
12.5 Linear Feet
Language:
English

Background

Acquisition information:
The collection was donated to Archives Special Collections in 1983 by Mr. Schenker's son.
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Andre Schenker papers reflect Mr. Schenker's activities and interests including his radio program on radio station WTIC, his writings on world events and his involvement in the university and town. Some series are more complete than others. For example, the radio broadcast transcripts are apparently complete but there are few records concerning Mr. Schenker's teaching.

In 2007, 5 charcoal sketches and 1 oil painting of Mr. Schenker were added to the collection. The artist was Mr. Schenker's sister, Odile. Additional personal materials were added in 2012.

Biographical / Historical:

Andre Schenker was born in Vincennes, Indiana on 28 December 1897, the son of Francois Xavier and Maria (Loeiffer) Schenker. He was a graduate of the Connecticut Agricultural College and Yale University; he also studied at Rutgers and Columbia Universities. He was a professor of history at the University of Connecticut in Storrs from 1928-1965. Schenker received the UConn Alumni Association's first faculty excellence award shortly before his retirement.

For over a decade Andre Schenker was a world affairs commentator for station WTIC in Hartford, CT, ending the broadcasts in 1949. His series of programs during the years of World War II made him one of the best-known commentators in the state.

Schenker was actively involved in the politics of Mansfield, CT, where he resided. He was the founder of the Mansfield Young Republicans and was also involved in political activities on the state level. In 1965, he served as a research aide for the State Constitutional Convention.

Professor Schenker died at the age of 74 on 20 April 1973.

[Additional biographical information is available in Series VI of the collection.]

Arrangement:

Series I: Radio Broadcasts (1935-1949) contains the radio broadcast transcripts, including some drafts and manuscripts. The broadcast topics pertain to the events leading to and of World War II and its aftermath. Specific events include D-Day, Pearl Harbor and the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Radio Broadcasts are arranged by format, transcript or recording. The typescripts are further arranged chronologically within the title of the program (American Legion Peace Program, State College Program, and History in the Headlines). Selections from this series have also been included in the University's contributions to Connecticut History Online.

Series II: Writings (undated) include the writings of Schenker and printed materials maintained by him. This series includes typescripts of Why, The Greatest Dates in History, and drafts of untitled writings as well as bibliographies.

Series III: Correspondence (1918-1966) is the chronological arrangement of Schenker's incoming correspondence from friends, colleagues and former students.

Series IV: University of Connecticut (1944-1972) includes the existent teaching notes of Schenker. Other documents in the series include a university songbook, campus maps, and a constitution of the alumni association and a certificate of recognition.

Series V: Town of Mansfield (undated, 1955-1968) reflects Mr. Schenker's involvement in town and community affairs including his work with the Young Republicans of Tolland County, and the Town Government Study Committee.

Series VI: Biographical (undated, 1947) contains curriculum vitae and other biographical information sources on Mr. Schenker, as well as photograph, announcements, invitations, five charcoal sketches and one oil painting of Schenker.

Series VII: Newspaper Clippings (1934-1969) consists of the clippings maintains by Mr. Schenker. These clippings reflect his interest in international and local affairs.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
405 Babbidge Road
Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205, USA
CONTACT:
860.486.2524
archives@uconn.edu