Name and location of repository
Level of description
David Schafer papers
- 1892–2013 (Creation)
10.50 Linear Feet, 5.00 Boxes
Name of creator
David E. Schafer was born in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, on August 30, 1941. He attended the University of Minnesota and earned a B.S. in Animal Husbandry in 1963. In September of 1963, David Schafer married Jeanne in St. Paul, Minnesota. He then went on to South Dakota State University and received his M.S. in Animal Science in 1968. In 1968 Schafer worked for Kansas State University and spent two years in Andhra Pradesh, India as a meat technologist with the KSU-USAID program. In October of 1968, his first child, Jason, was born. In 1972, Schafer earned his Ph.D. in Food Science from Kansas State University and worked as an extension specialist in meats. In December his second child, Derek, was born. He joined the staff the same year when he became an associate professor at Kansas State University. In 1975 Schafer’s third child, Mark was born.
In 1984 Schafer was promoted to full professor. He served as Faculty Senate President from 1986-1987. In 2003 he was awarded Emeritus status and retired on August 2, 2003. Over the years David Schafer belonged to a variety of organizations. He was a part of the American Meat Science Association, the American Society of Animal Science, and the Institute of Food Technologists.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
This collection features records from David Schafer who was a faculty member of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry as well as the Faculty Senate at Kansas State University. Many of the materials from the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry contain records from seminars, short courses, and instructional materials about proper food safety, processing, and meat handling. Some of the seminars include Midwest Meat Processing, Angus Beef Round Up, and Kansas-Nebraska Processed Meats short course. Almost all of these contain agendas and outlines for papers presented. Other records included are articles, recipes, and course notes. Many of the seminars contain information about food safety and meat handling, as well as tests, pamphlets, and coursework containing information and notes. This information generally covers processing, packaging, and preparation of meat. Courses contain diagrams of cuts and articles. Food safety contains proper handling of meat, storage, and hand washing techniques. The Angus Beef Round Up does contain photographs of a cow being butchered that some people might find objectionable.
Other materials in this collection are publications that cover a range of topics focused on meat, such as economic, production, health issues, and ethics. Publications in the collection include newsletters, articles, magazines, newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, and several draft versions of articles. The publications contain items from the Animal Science and Industry Facts newsletter that was published by the cooperative extension service of Kansas State University; this newsletter contains news and information about livestock. Also included are articles about various kinds of food-borne illnesses, food preservation, and food poisoning. Magazines include Animal Science and Industry trade publications, catalogs, and publications about food products and equipment.
David Schafer served on the Faculty Senate, including one year as the Faculty Senate President. Materials from his leadership role are featured alongside his professional documentation in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. His Faculty Senate materials include records from the Council of Chief Academic Officers (COCAO), Board of Regents (BOR), and Faculty Senate committee records.
There are cooperative extension video tapes and film along with continuing education about food and animal safety. Finally, there is a recording of a Primetime Live broadcast that includes notes about how meat inspection is portrayed in the segment.
System of arrangement
This collection is arranged in its original order.
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
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Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Collection contains two accessions U2009.13 and U2013.21, both donated by David Schafer.
Immediate source of acquisition
Acqusition Source: David Schafer
Acqusition Method: Donation.
Acqusition Date: 20070919
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
These records document the activities of a Kansas State faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Also documented in this collection are Schafer's activities as a member of the Faculty Senate and Administrative Council.
Audiovisual materials acquired with the collection were appraised and items without connection to Kansas State University were discarded.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
- Citation: [Item title], [item date], David Schafer papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.
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Rules or conventions
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Author: James Smith
Processing Info: Project archivist James Smith processed and described materials in December 2013. Reviewed by university archivist Cliff Hight in 2014.
Publication Date: 2014-12-22