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Lois G. Schmidt

An inventory of Lois G. Schmidt at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Catholic University of America, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Lois G. Schmidt, 1933-2002
Title: Lois G. Schmidt Memorabilia Collection
Dates: ca. 1910-2000
Extent: 4 linear feet; 3 boxes
Abstract: Lois G. Schmidt was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1933. In 1947, she graduated from the campus primary school run by Catholic University. She later earned a double bachelor’s degree in science and music at Catholic University and then attended Brown University for her master’s degree in 1961. In 1966, she became an editor for the American Chemical Society. From there, Schmidt moved to the staff of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1967. Upon her death in 2002, Schmidt established the Albert C., Gertrude M., and Lois E. Schmidt Scholarship Fund at Catholic University. The collection contains 8 mm films, photographs, and miscellaneous documents.
Collection Number: 183
Language: English

Biographical Note

Lois G. Schmidt was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1933. In 1947, she graduated from the Campus School at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, before attending the nearby Immaculata High School. After earning a double bachelor’s degree in Science and Music at CUA in 1955, Schmidt attained a master’s degree at Brown University, Providence, RI in 1961.

Post-graduation, Schmidt taught Chemistry at both Marywood College in Scranton, PA, and at the Richmond Polytechnical Institute, in Richmond, VA. In 1966, she became Scientific Editor for the American Chemical Society. From there, Schmidt moved to the staff of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1967 and served as Senior Copy Editor until her retirement in 1993. Throughout her career, Schmidt edited several books and articles for notable industry publications, including Scientific American. In her personal life, she volunteered for several years at So Others Might Eat, a DC organization dedicated to alleviating poverty via the provision of food, clothing, medical care and job training.

Prior to her death from Lou Gehrig’s disease on March 4, 2002, Schmidt bequeathed a gift of over $1 million to CUA in order to establish the Albert C., Gertrude M., and Lois E. Schmidt Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is used to support female students in the hard sciences and music who demonstrate clear financial need.

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Scope and Contents

The first series is Personal Photographs, 1920-2000 and undated, in box 1. Dated materials are arranged chronologically; undated materials are arranged alphabetically by subject. Images are largely black and white, although those dated as post-1960 are in color. The photographs cover a wide range of individuals and events, including various members of the Schmidt family, family friends, as well as North American vacations, graduation ceremonies, weddings, and first communions.

The second series is Professional Portraiture, 1920-2000 and undated, also in box 1. These items are largely undated, and subjects are mostly unidentified. Since no discernible original order existed, items have been numbered to reflect the order depicted below. The portraits cover a wide range of individuals, presumably members of the Schmidt family. Again, images are largely in black and white, with some more recent items in color.

The third series is Film, ca. 1959-1986 and undated, in box 2. Dated materials are arranged chronologically; undated materials are arranged alphabetically by title. The films are captured on 8mm stock, and contain footage of Schmidt North American family vacations.

The fourth series is Documents, ca. 1910-1963 and undated, in box 3. Materials are arranged chronologically. The documents include recipe books, commencement programs, and diplomas.

The fifth and final series is Oversize, 1955 and undated, in box 3. This series contains Lois G. Schmidt's undergraduate diploma from The Catholic University of America, and two Schmidt family portraits.

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Arrangement

The Lois G. Schmidt Memorabilia Collection consists of five series:






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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Mary A. Giunta in 2002-2003.

Processing Information

Processing completed in 2013 by Paul Kelly. EAD markup completed in 2013 by Paul Kelly.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Mathews, Chris

Organizations:
Brown University
Disney Land
Immaculata Seminary
The Catholic University of America
Universal Studios

Places:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Baltimore, Maryland
Chincoteague, Virginia
Detroit, Michigan
Front Royal, Virginia
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Ocean City, Maryland
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Quebec City, Quebec
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Santa Barbara, California
Washington, District of Columbia
Williamsburg, Virginia
Yellowstone, Wyoming
Yosemite, California

Subjects:
Antique and Classic Cars
Brides
Catholic Women
Children
Commencement Ceremonies
Dogs
Nurses
Portraits
Religious Women
Travel


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Bibliography

'An Agreement Between Friends Leads to Scholarship Gift,' CUA Magazine, Spring 2003, pp. 24-25.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Personal Photographs, ca. 1920-2000, 1 Box
Amateur photography of various generations of the Schmidt family. Primarily black and white, but some later images in color.
Box Folder
1 1 Personal Photographs, ca. 1920 – 1921
  2 Personal Photographs, ca. 1928
  3 Personal Photographs, ca. 1930
  4 Personal Photographs, ca. 1933
  5 Personal Photographs, ca. 1934 – 1935
  6 Personal Photographs, ca. 1936
  7 Personal Photographs, ca. 1937
  8 Personal Photographs, ca. 1938 – 1939
  9 Personal Photographs, ca. 1940
  10 Personal Photographs, ca. 1941
  11 Personal Photographs, ca. 1942
  12 Personal Photographs, ca. 1944 – 1946
  13 Personal Photographs, ca. 1947
  14 Personal Photographs, ca. 1948
  15 Personal Photographs, ca. 1949
  16 Personal Photographs, ca. 1950
  17 Personal Photographs, ca. 1951 – 1956
  18 Personal Photographs, ca. 1957
  19 Personal Photographs, ca. 1950-1960
  20 Personal Photographs, ca. 1962
  21 Personal Photographs, ca. 1967-1968
  22 Personal Photographs - Albert Schmidt, n.d.
  23 Personal Photographs - Family Dogs, n.d.
  24 Personal Photographs - Family Gatherings, n.d.
  25 Personal Photographs - Family Outings, n.d.
  26 Personal Photographs - Halloween, n.d.
  27 Personal Photographs - Miscellaneous 1, n.d.
  28 Personal Photographs - Miscellaneous 2, n.d.
  29 Personal Photographs - Miscellaneous Family, n.d.
  30 Personal Photographs - Nursing Home, n.d.
  31 Personal Photographs - Sister Regis, n.d.
  32 Personal Photographs - Vacations, n.d.
  33 Personal Photographs - Weddings, n.d.
  34 Personal Photographs - Photo Album, n.d.
                       
Series 2: Professional Portraiture, ca. 1920-2000, 1 Box
Professionally-shot portraits of various members of the Schmidt family and noted family friends. Primarily black and white, but some later images in color.
 
 
Box Folder
1 35 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. 'Me and Henry,' n.d.
   
    02. Young girl, boy and baby, n.d.
   
    03. Young girl, boy and baby, n.d.
   
    04. Young girl, boy and baby, n.d.
   
    05. 'Me at 3,' n.d.
  Folder
  36 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. 'Me @ first communion,' n.d.
   
    02. 'The Campus School of the Catholic University of America. Class of 1947,' n.d.
   
    03. Unidentified bride, n.d.
   
    04. Bridal party on stage with grand piano, n.d.
   
    05. Unidentified bride and bridesmaids and Our Lady of Grace statue, n.d.
  Folder
  37 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Group of bridesmaids, n.d.
   
    02. Grandmother, n.d.
   
    03. Unidentified adolescent male, n.d.
   
    04. 'Immaculata Seminary Class of 1951,' n.d.
   
    05. Graduation - Campus School of the Catholic University of America, June 6, 1947
  Folder
  38 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Lois G. Schmidt, n.d.
   
    02. Lois G. Schmidt, youth, n.d.
   
    03. 'Lois about 4,' ca. 1937
   
    04. Lois G. Schmidt, youth, June 1944
   
    05. Chris Mathews. 'To my friend Lois,' n.d.
  Folder
  39 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Lois G. Schmidt, December, 1961
   
    02. Lois G. Schmidt, youth, n.d.
   
    03. Lois G. Schmidt, youth, January 30, 1937
   
    04. Dog portrait, n.d.
   
    05. Dog portrait, n.d.
  Folder
  40 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Grandmother, n.d.
   
    02. Unidentified female child, n.d.
   
    03. Unidentified female child, n.d.
   
    04. Unidentified male child, n.d.
   
    05. Unidentified male, n.d.
  Folder
  41 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Unidentified male, n.d.
   
    02. Grandmother, n.d.
   
    03. Young girl and baby, n.d.
   
    04. Unidentified female, n.d.
   
    05. Unidentified male, n.d.
  Folder
  42 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Unidentified male in uniform, n.d.
   
    02. 'Leo H. Glasner,' August 3, 1918
   
    03. 'Mrs. J. H. Sweeney. 21 7th St. Wash. DC,' n.d.
   
    04. Unidentified Nun, n.d.
   
    05. Unidentified male youth, n.d.
  Folder
  43 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Unidentified male youth, n.d.
   
    02. Unidentified male in uniform, n.d.
   
    03. Unidentified female, n.d.
   
    04. Unidentified female youth, n.d.
   
    05. Unidentified baby, n.d.
  Folder
  44 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Unidentified male youth, n.d.
   
    02. Unidentified male, n.d.
   
    03. Grandmother, n.d.
   
    04. Unidentified male, n.d.
   
    05. Unidentified female, n.d.
  Folder
  45 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. 'Clara A. Maier,' 1918
   
    02. 'Henry buried at Arlington National Cemetery,' n.d.
   
    03. Unidentified baby, n.d.
   
    04. Nurse. 'Rose Walsh,' n.d.
   
    05. Unidentified female youth, n.d.
  Folder
  46 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. 'Uncle West, Henry and Me,' n.d.
   
    02. 'Sister Regis and Friend,' n.d.
   
    03. 'LGS about 2,' ca. 1935
   
    04. Grandparents, n.d.
   
    05. Color Print - Grandmother, n.d.
  Folder
  47 Professional Portraiture, n.d.
   
    01. Unidentified male, n.d.
   
    02. Two nuns; Sister Regis, n.d.
   
    03. Two unidentified men, two unidentified women; Lois G. Schmidt on left, n.d.
   
    04. Unidentified male and female, n.d.
   
    05. Grandmother as youth, n.d.
   
    06. Grandmother, n.d.
                       
Series 3: Film, ca. 1959-1986, 1 Box
Home movies of Schmidt family events and vacations. Primarily 8 mm.
Box Folder
2 1 Film - 'Williamsburg,' 1958-1960
  2 Film - 'Detroit, Ft. Walden, Mosse Point/Provincetown, Plymouth, Marblehead, Quincy,' 1959
  3 Film - Untitled, November 1959
  4 Film - 'Fountain of Faith. Arlington,' October 1959
  5 Film - 'Ocean City,' February 1960
  6 Film - 'Geology Trip. 3rd day,' April 1961
  7 Film - 'Schools. CUA,' December 1961
  8 Film - 'De Paul Wedding. GMS Retirement Bash, Ann Hayden’s 822 with office people,' 1962 - 1963
  9 Film - 'Bronx 300, Columbia Area,' August 1964
  10 Film - '65,' 1965
  11 Film - 'Williamsburg w/ Marty,' April 1978
  12 Film - 'Williamsburg w/ Marty,' April 1978
  13 Film - 'Fort Frederica, CA,' September 1980
  14 Film - 'Peaks of otter deer and lodge,' June 1981
  15 Film - 'Chincoteague,' June 1982
  16 Film - 'Arboretum, Easter,' 1983
  17 Film - 'Baltimore Aquarium, Easter,' 1983
  18 Film - 'Baltimore Aquarium, Easter,' 1983
  19 Film - 'Baltimore National Aquarium,' March 1983
  20 Film - 'Chincoteague,' 1983
  21 Film - 'Chincoteague,' 1983
  22 Film - 'Muffin and Missy,' May 1983
  23 Film - 'Prudential Building,' August 1985
  24 Film - 'Prudential Building, 52nd floor,' August 1985
  25 Film - 'San Diego Zoo,' September 1985
  26 Film - 'Calico,' November 1985
  27 Film - 'Coast Drive, California,' November 1985
  28 Film - 'Disney Land,' November 1985
  29 Film - Film - 'Disney Land,' November 1985
  30 Film - 'Dog party,' November 1985
  31 Film - 'Fleet at Fisherman’s Wharf,' November 1985
  32 Film - 'Grand Canyon by air,' November 1985
  33 Film - 'San Diego. Mexico,' November 1985
  34 Film - 'San Diego Zoo, Apes,' November 1985
  35 Film - 'Yosemite,' November 1985
  36 Film - 'Grand Tetons,' September - October 1986
  37 Film - 'Mt. Rushmore,' September-October 1986
  38 Film - 'Salt Lake,' September-October 1986
  39 Film - 'Yellowstone,' September-October 1986
  40 Film - 'Yellowstone,' September-October 1986
  41 Film - 'Quebec City,' August 1968
  42 Film - 'Albuquerque,' n.d.
  43 Film - 'Albuquerque trip 1,' n.d.
  44 Film - 'Albuquerque 2,' n.d.
  45 Film - 'Albuquerque 4,' n.d.
  46 Film - 'Alcatraz,' n.d.
  47 Film - 'California Coast,' n.d.
  48 Film - 'Cartoon,' n.d.
  49 Film - 'Cartoon,' n.d.
  50 Film - 'Front Royal,' n.d.
  51 Film - 'Geology Trip,' n.d.
  52 Film - 'Grand Canyon,' n.d.
  53 Film - Illegible, n.d.
  54 Film - Illegible, n.d.
  55 Film - Illegible, n.d.
  56 Film - Illegible, n.d.
  57 Film - 'Long, Long Ago. DC and Pittsburgh,' n.d.
  58 Film - 'Luray, Skyline, Blueridge Parkway,' n.d.
  59 Film - 'Maine and New Brunswick Trip,' n.d.
  60 Film - 'Mesa Verde Apartments,' n.d.
  61 Film - 'Mickey Mouse,' n.d.
  62 Film - 'Monomonock,' n.d.
  63 Film - 'Monterey,' n.d.
  64 Film - 'Monument Valley,' n.d.
  65 Film - 'Newport, Glouchester, Providence,' n.d.
  66 Film - 'Popeye,' n.d.
  67 Film - 'Santa Barbara,' n.d.
  68 Film - 'S.F.,' n.d.
  69 Film - 'Skyline-Skyland,' n.d.
  70 Film - 'Sweeney’s house,' n.d.
  71 Film - 'Train to Silverton from Durango,' n.d.
  72 Film - Unidentified, n.d.
  73 Film - Unidentified, n.d.
  74 Film - Unidentified, n.d.
  75 Film - Unidentified, n.d.
  76 Film - Unidentified, n.d.
  77 Film - 'Universal Studios,' n.d.
  78 Film - 'Washington, DC. Assorted dogs and peoples,' n.d.
  79 Film - 'X-mas, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck in Mexico,' n.d.
                       
Series 4: Documents, ca. 1910-1963, 1 Box
Miscellaneous documents.
Box Folder
3 1 Document - Handwritten recipe book, ca. 1910
  2 Document - 'Babyhood Days' book, ca. 1933
  3 Document - Card. Silhouette of Lois G.Schmidt. 'LGS about 6,' ca. 1939
  4 Document - Lois E. Schmitt. Diploma. The Campus School of The Catholic University of America, June 1947
  5 Document - Graduation Diploma - Lois Eileen Schmitt, n.d.
  6 Document - The Immaculata Seminary News, n.d.
  7 Document - 'White Dauphin, W. Va.' Print by Florence Grand, 1951
  8 Document - Membership Certificate, Precious Blood Purgatorial Society, for Albert C. Schmidt, 1955
  9 Document - 'Brown University - The One Hundred and Ninety-Third Annual Commencement,' Program June 5, 1961
  10 Document - 'Retirement 1963. Mr Dewey,' 1963
  11 Document - Navy Regional Finance Office - 'Gertrude Schmitt Joins Ranks of Retirees' Flyer, n.d.
  12 Document - Windmill Print. Unidentified Artist, n.d.
                       
Series 5: Oversize, 1955, 1 Box
Oversize documents.
Box Folder
3 13 Diploma - D. Louisae Eileen Schmitt, The Catholic University of America, 1955
  14 Family portrait, n.d.
  15 Family portrait. Ornate frame, n.d.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Photographs, ca. 1920-2000,

Series 2: Professional Portraiture, ca. 1920-2000,

Series 3: Film, ca. 1959-1986,

Series 4: Documents, ca. 1910-1963,

Series 5: Oversize, 1955,

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