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Bob Schaffer papers

Identifier: COU:1601

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Congressman Bob Schaffer consists of documents dated 1964 to 2003, with the bulk falling from 1996 to 2002. The collection highlights Schaffer's legislative work in agriculture, natural resources, and education. This includes drafts of bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Schaffer, as well as research and subcommittee hearings for the three committees on which he served. The collection also includes Congressional reports, press clippings, and correspondence between Schaffer and other members of Congress as well as Colorado state government officials. Non-textual materials include compact discs, tapes, other electronic media, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1964-2003
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1996-2002

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

The University Libraries may not own the copyright to all materials in this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.

Biographical Note

Bob (Robert Warren) Schaffer, born July 24, 1962, in Cincinnati, Ohio, served Colorado's Fourth District as their United States Congressional Representative from 1997 to 2002. Schaffer attended the University of Dayton (Ohio) and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in public administration. He worked as a legislative assistant in the Ohio House of Representatives after graduation and several years later moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. As a member of the Fort Collins community, he owned a small business.

Between 1987 and 1997, Bob Schaffer served as the Colorado State Senator from the fourteenth district, then successfully ran for the Fourth District Congressional seat in 1996. Schaffer's peers elected him freshman class president of the 105th Congress. He devoted his time to three House committees: agriculture, education and workforce, and natural resources. As a sponsor and co-sponsor of many pieces of legislation, Mr. Schaffer paid close attention to Colorado's legislative needs.

Bob Schaffer served three consecutive terms of office, retiring from the House of Representatives November 5, 2002. He resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife Maureen and their five children, Emily and Jenny (twins), Justin, Sarah, and Mary.


65.5 linear feet (47 boxes)

Language of Materials



Bob Schaffer served as Colorado's Fourth District Congressional Representative for six years (1997-2002) as a member of the Republican party. He focused on Colorado's agricultural and educational needs in Washington, sponsoring and co-sponsoring legislation. A majority of the collection consists of legislation related to education and resource management. Some objects, photographs, slides, and framed pictures are in the collection as well, highlighting his success in Congress.


Materials arrived with little organization apparent and were almost completely rearranged. They are grouped by congressional responsibilities and type of material. The first three series are divided into the three major areas of congressional work. All visual materials, electronic media, and objects comprise the final series.

The collection consists of four series in 47 boxes

Series 1: Legislation Series 2: Activities Series 3: Constituency Series 4: Audio and visual materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collections was recieved from Colorado State University in 2020. CSU acquired Bob Schaffer's papers from the Congressman's Washington, D.C., office in December 2002. Materials were officially donated through a deed of gift in August 2003.


Colorado State University (CSU) kept aterials directly related to Bob Schaffer were retained. Books, federal government publications, and mass congressional mailings were not retained. These items went through the normal library selection process at CSU to be added to the main stacks of the Colorado State University Libraries. Duplicates past a second copy were discarded.

Guide to the Bob Schaffer papers
Prepared by Colleen M. McCorkell.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States