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Andre Schenker Papers

Identifier: 1983-0008

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.


  • undated, 1898-1972


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


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.]


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Language of Materials



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.


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).

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/outoing 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.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Archives & Special Collections in 1983 by Mr. Schenker's son.

Existence and Location of Copies

Portions of this collection have been digitized and digital reproductions of materials in this collection may also be found in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository

Andre Schenker Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
1988 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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