William J. (Bill) Schafer was a Professor of English from 1964 to 2002 at Berea College, where he became the Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities. Schafer’s publications included academic articles on American literature, jazz reviews, fiction, personal essays, a co-edited online periodical (Journal of Provincial Thought) and four books on various forms of popular music (rock, ragtime, New Orleans marching bands, and the music of Jelly Roll Morton). Schafer passed away in August 2009.
Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.
Rights: There are no restrictions on use by researchers other than federal copyright restrictions. Some designated personnel files, and personal information held therein, may be restricted.
Acquisition Note: Source: William Schafer/Berea College English Department.
Berea College Special Collections and Archives: RG 6.21: English, Theatre and Communications Department; RG 9.0: Faculty and Staff (Unofficial Records); HC 06: Berea Community Collection
Published works of Schafer include:
Brass Bands and New Orleans Jazz. With assistance from Richard B. Allen. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1977.
The Truman Nelson Reader. Editor. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.
The Art of Ragtime; Form and Meaning of an Original Black American Art. With Johannes Riedel, and assistance from Michael Polad and Richard Thompson. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1973.
Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], William J. Schafer Papers, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.