T. R. Schellenberg

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T. R. Schellenberg
Born (1903-02-24)24 February 1903
Garden Township, Kansas, USA
Died 14 January 1970(1970-01-14) (aged 66)
Arlington, Virginia, USA
Nationality American
Education Tabor College (Kansas), University of Kansas, University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Archivist, Professor
Organization National Archives and Records Administration (USA)

Theodore Roosevelt Schellenberg (24 February 1903 – 14 January 1970) was an American archivist and archival theorist. Schellenberg's publications and ideas are part of the foundation for archival theory and practice in the United States.


Theodore Roosevelt Schellenberg was born on February 24, 1903 to Abraham Lawrence and Sarah Schroeder Schellenberg in Garden Township, Harvey County, Kansas. Schellenberg attended Tabor College (1924–6) before transferring to the University of Kansas. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history in 1928. He continued his education, receiving his Master's in History from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania.[1]


Schellenberg had a long and successful career with the federal government working mostly within the National Archives. From 1950 to 1956 he served as Director of Archival Management. During this time he oversaw a massive document reappraisal to deaccession old records and enforced a methodology more selective in the appraisal of new records.

Archival theory[edit]

Principal publications[edit]

  • Schellenberg, Theodore R., Modern Archives: Principles and Techniques (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956) 1996 reprint online.
  • Schellenberg, Theodore R., The Management of Archives (New York: Columbia University Press, 1965) 1988 reprint online.


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