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Schaeffer, Edith.


Biographical Statement

Born November 3, 1914 to missionary parents serving with Hudson Taylor and his China Inland Mission, Edith Rachel Merritt Seville attended Beaver College in Germantown, Pennsylvania. On June 26, 1932 she met her future husband, Francis A. Schaeffer, who had finished his first year at Hampden-Sydney College and had returned home to work for the summer. They were married July 6, 1935 and after Francis attended seminary at Westminster Theological Seminary and gained ministry experience they were sent in 1948 to Switzerland by the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions.

Schaeffer, with her late husband, Dr. Francis Schaeffer, co-founded the well-known Christian evangelism and retreat community in Switzerland, L'Abri Fellowship. The work of L'Abri began when their family was young in 1955 in the village of Huémoz, Switzerland. Today L'Abri has six branches around the world - one each in Switzerland, England, Holland and Sweden and two in the United States. During the years of their marriage, Edith was an intellectual equal to her husband. During their early years together it was Edith who helped direct his reading list.

Edith is the author of seventeen books on a variety of topics and is a speaker and counselor in the United States and abroad. Affliction (1978) was written during and just prior to times of significant difficulties. She wrote Tapestry (1981) as a chronicle of their lives together.

She is the mother of four children. Priscilla, their first child, was born on June 18, 1937 while in Delaware. On May 28, 1941, Edith gave birth to their second daughter, Susan while they were living in Grove City, Pennsylvania. During a pastorate in St. Louis, Deborah Ann Schaeffer was born, May 3, 1945. It was during the Schaeffers’ early years in Switzerland that Francis August Schaeffer V, or Franky, was born, August 3, 1952.

The Schaeffers returned to the United States permanently in 1978 so Francis could undergo cancer treatments at the Mayo Clinic. She has lived in Minnesota since his death in 1984. Since her husband’s death, Mrs. Schaeffer resided for a while in Rochester, Minnesota, but returned to Switzerland to live nearer to her family. She died in 2013.

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Affliction, part 1

 Digital Record
Identifier: sc62-208d

Affliction, part 2

 Digital Record
Identifier: sc62-209d

Christianity Today Records

Identifier: CN 008
Brief Description Correspondence, memos, forms, financial reports, minutes of meetings, study papers, clippings and other records of the Evangelical Christian publishing organization. The records describe the founding of the organization to publish the magazine Christianity Today and its creation or acquisition of other publications such as Campus Life, Leadership, Leadership 100, Partnership, and Your Church. Besides material on the editing, publishing and distribution of these periodicals, the files also...
Dates: Created: Majority of material found within 1930, 1954-2002

Collection 279 Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Evans

Identifier: CN 279
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Elizabeth Morrell Evans (1899-1976) in which she discusses her childhood; education at Wheaton College; work with J. Elwin Wright; her Christian education activities; the development of the New England Fellowship, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the World Evangelical Fellowship; and her work as a missionary in Taiwan. The time period covered by the interviews is 1899-1976.Elizabeth Evans was interviewed by Robert Shuster on October 8,...
Dates: Created: 1984-1985

Francis and Edith Schaeffer Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-062
Scope and Contents The Francis and Edith Schaeffer papers are organized into two major series, one for each individual. One sub-series that is found under each author is Book Manuscripts. Lectures is a sub-series under Francis Schaeffer, as is Media and Publications. Secondary Material is a third series in the collection.  The manuscripts sections of both major series contain the holographic and typescript versions of three books, Hidden Art, True Spirituality, and a book on Ecology. The lectures of Francis...
Dates: Created: 1968-2012; Other: Majority of material found in 1968-1969; Other: Date acquired: 1993

Free to be a Woman

 Digital Record
Identifier: sc62-210d

The Art of Prayer, part 1

 Digital Record
Identifier: sc62-213d

The Art of Prayer, part 2

 Digital Record
Identifier: sc62-214d

The Christian Artist and Modern Techniques

 Digital Record
Identifier: sc62-215d

The L'Abri Story, part 1

 Digital Record
Identifier: sc62-211d

The L'Abri Story, part 2

 Digital Record
Identifier: sc62-212d

True Spirituality

 Digital Record
Identifier: Digital Object ID ##3yb73r

Urbana Student Missions Convention Recordings

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1-14
Identifier: 2023-022
Dates: 1970-1990

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Digital Record 9
Collection 3
Unprocessed Material 1
Evangelicalism -- United States. 3
Catholic Church -- Evangelicalism. 2
Catholic Church. 2
Church and social problems. 2
Evangelicalism. 2
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Evangelistic work -- United States. 2
Evangelistic work. 2
Mass media in religion -- United States. 2
Pentecostalism -- United States. 2
Sex role. 2
African Americans -- Social conditions. 1
African Americans. 1
Apologetics -- History -- 20th century. 1
Art and religion. 1
Audiotapes 1
Authors and readers -- United States. 1
Baptism. 1
Belief and doubt. 1
Berlin (Germany) 1
Buddhists -- Taiwan. 1
Buddhists. 1
Campus life (Periodical) 1
Catholic Church -- United States. 1
Chaplains, Military 1
Chaplains, Military -- United States. 1
Children -- United States 1
Children -- United States -- Conversion to Christianity. 1
Children -- United States -- Religious life. 1
Children. 1
Christian biography. 1
Christian education -- Philosophy. 1
Christian education -- Taiwan. 1
Christian education -- United States. 1
Christian education of children -- United States. 1
Christian education of children. 1
Christian education. 1
Christian leadership. 1
Christianity -- 20th century. 1
Christianity and politics -- History -- 20th century. 1
Christianity and politics -- United States. 1
Christianity and politics. 1
Church and social problems -- United States. 1
Church and state -- India. 1
Church and state -- United States. 1
Church and state. 1
Church work with military personnel -- United States. 1
Church work with military personnel. 1
Church work with the working class 1
Church work with the working class -- United States. 1
Church work with women -- United States. 1
Church work with women. 1
Congregationalists 1
Congregationalists -- United States. 1
Conversion. 1
Corporations, Religious -- Taxation. 1
Evangelicalism -- Catholic Church. 1
Evangelistic work -- Boston. 1
Evangelistic work -- Congresses 1
Evangelistic work -- Great Britain. 1
Evangelistic work -- India. 1
Evangelistic work -- New England. 1
Evangelistic work -- Taiwan. 1
Evangelistic work -- Vietnam. 1
Fund raising. 1
Fundamentalism. 1
Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Christianity. 1
Indigenous church administration 1
Indigenous church administration -- Taiwan. 1
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the United States of America 1
Israel. 1
Journalism, Religious -- United States. 1
Knowledge, Theory of 1
Leadership (Periodical) 1
Leadership 100 (Periodical) 1
Lectures 1
Liberalism (Religion) 1
Manuscripts 1
Mass media in religion. 1
Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election. 1
Missionaries. 1
Missions -- Congresses. 1
Missions -- Educational work. 1
Missions -- India. 1
Missions -- Interdenominational cooperation. 1
Missions -- Middle East. 1
Missions -- Taiwan. 1
Missions to Buddhists -- Taiwan. 1
Missions to Buddhists. 1
Modernist-fundamentalist controversy. 1
Motion pictures in church work -- United States. 1
Motion pictures in church work. 1
Orphans 1
Orphans -- United States. 1
Park Street Church -- Boston (Mass.) 1
Partnership (Periodical) 1
Pentecostalism. 1
Preaching. 1
Presbyterian Church -- Missions. 1
Presbyterian Church. 1
Radio in religion -- United States. 1
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