Charles Schmitter Papers
UA.17.79

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Schmitter, Charles
Title
Charles Schmitter papers
ID
UA.17.79
Date
1925-1983, undated
Extent
8.0 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Charles Schmitter received his B.A. from the University of Detroit in 1930. He was the fencing coach at the University of Detroit from 1935 to 1938. In 1938, he came to Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) to be the head fencing coach. In 1956, he became the first American to earn an Italian Master's Diploma from the National Academy in Naples, Italy. In 1959, he was the fencing coach for the U.S. team at the Pan American Games. Schmitter retired from MSU in 1983. He passed away in 2002.

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Scope and Contents note

The Charles Schmitter collection contains personal papers, materials relating to the Michigan State University fencing team, files relating to MSU in general and subject files. The personal papers contain correspondence, articles about Schmitter, and articles written by Schmitter. There is also correspondence and lists related to his collection of fencing books, which now reside in the Special Collections Department at the MSU Library. The records about MSU fencing include scores, scheduling, articles about the teams, team media guides, team lists, and equipment orders. The general MSU material includes athletic and physical education department materials, curriculum, material about the intramural building and activities, reports written by faculty, and a file about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization. Subject files include Amateur Fencers League of America material, Big Ten and NCAA material relating to fencing. There is also material relating to fencing training including reports, articles, and serials. Serial titles include the Amateur Swordsman (1948 -1950), American Fencing (1949-1983), the Fencer (1948), Fencing, La Touche newsletter (1972), the Riposte (1937, 1940), Scherma (1956-1960), and Sword and Racquet magazine (1932). There is also material relating to the National Fencing Coaches Association and the United States Olympic Committee. The collection also includes photographs of Schmitter, MSU fencing teams, fencers, Air Corps Technical Fencing School, Johnnie Melise and the Blue Moon Collegian music group, martial arts in other countries, and swords.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Amateur Fencers League of America.
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Intramural sports.
  • Michigan State University. Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Fencing.
  • Michigan State University. Fencing. -- General subdivision--History;
  • United States Fencing Coaches Association.
  • University of Detroit.

Genre(s)

  • Appointment books
  • Certificates
  • Course materials
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Negatives (Photographs)
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Press releases
  • School yearbooks
  • Sports films

Personal Name(s)

  • Schmitter, Charles

Subject(s)

  • College sports -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Fencing
  • Fencing -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Fencing -- Study and teaching
  • Fencing -- United States
  • Fencing coaches -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Intramural sports -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Personal materials 

Box Folder

Antonio Tarsia in Curia Fencing Battles and Victories of Agesilao Greco, by Charles Schmitter 1948 

2872 1

Appointment books/ calendars 

Box Folder

1962-1967 

2872 2

1973, 1976, 1980-1982 

2872 3
Box Folder

Articles about Charles Schmitter 1949-1983, undated 

2872 4

Biographical Information 1938-1983 

2872 5

Books- Correspondence and Lists 1941-1977 

2872 6

Book draft by Schmitter? undated 

2872 7

Certificates and membership cards 

2872 8

Class Notes 

Box Folder

Gymnastics instructional drawings  undated 

2872 9

P.E. 311 1941 

2872 10

P.E. 320 undated 

2872 11

Correspondence 

Box Folder

1940-1949 

2872 12

 1950-1955 

2872 13

 1956-1957 

2872 14

 1958-1959 

2872 15

 1960-1961 

2872 16

 1962 

2872 17

 1963- January – April 

2872 18

 1963- May- December 

2872 19

 1964 

2872 20

 1965-1966 

2872 21

 1967 

2872 22

 1968 

2872 23

 1969 

2872 24

 1970-1972 

2872 25

 1973 

2872 26

 1974 

2872 27

 1975 

2872 28

 1976 

2872 29

 1977 

2873 1

 1978-1979 

2873 2

 1980-1983 

2873 3

 undated 

2873 4
Box Folder

Evaluating Fencing Classes by Charles Schmitter undated 

2873 5

Exhibit captions for display from Schmitter's private collection undated 

2873 6

Fencing in High Schools by Charles Schmitter undated 

2873 7

Fencing Officials Friends or Foes by Charles Schmitter 1983 

2873 8

Format newsletter [article about Schmitter's book and sword collections] March/ April 1965 

2873 9

Letter from George Santelli congratulating Schmitter on 40 years of coaching February 25, 1977 

2879 26

Notes undated 

2873 10

Objections to Fencing Over-Ruled by Charles Schmitter Sr. or Jr. undated 

2873 11

Teaching Fencing to Physical Education Classes by Charles Schmitter 1954 

2873 12

Teaching Schedules 

2873 13

Thesis– Fencing Form as Synthesized From a Survey of 147 of English, French and Italian Literature 1947 

2873 14

Travel and activities 1951-1980, undated 

2873 15

University of Detroit 1926-1980 

2873 16

University of Detroit High School Yearbook June 1925 

2879 11

MSU Fencing 

Box Folder

Alumni List 1975 

2873 17

Certificates and Awards, 1941-1979, undated 1941-1979, undated 

2879 12

Correspondence- Scheduling 

Box Folder

 1939-1959 

2873 18

1960-1964 1960-1964 

2873 19

 1965-1969 

2873 20

 1970-1982, undated 

2873 21
Box Folder

Eligibility Lists 1941, 1951-1983 

2873 22

Equipment 1947-1983, undated 

2873 23

Fencing Media Guides 

Box Folder

 1927, 1942, 1945, 1950-1954, 1958, 1960-1967 

2873 24

 1971, 1974-1981 

2873 25
Box Folder

Fencing Newsletters 1943-1944, 1976, 1978, 1981 

2873 26

Fencing Patches and Ribbons 1954, undated 

2873 27

Fencing Rules for Ladder Operation 

2873 28

Forms- blank 

2873 29

History of Fencing undated 

2873 30

Intramural Fencing 1958, 1961 

2873 31

Miscellaneous 1974, undated 

2879 23

Newspaper Clippings about team 

Box Folder

 1946-1949 

2873 32

 1950-1954 

2873 33

 1955-1959 

2873 34

 1960-1964 

2873 35

 1965-1969 

2873 36

 1970-1983 

2873 37

 undated 

2873 38-39

News Releases 

Box Folder

 1953, 1955, 1962-1969 

2873 40

 1971-1979, 1981-1982, undated 

2873 41
Box Folder

Rosters 1947-1948, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1976-1977, undated 

2873 42

Schedules/ Itineraries 

Box Folder

 1947-1968 

2873 43

 1970-1983, undated 

2873 44

Scores 

Box Folder

 1926-1949 

2874 1

 1950-1953 

2874 2

 1954-1959 

2874 3

 1960-1964 

2874 4

 1965-1966 

2874 5

1965-1967 (notebook) 1965-1967 

2874 6

 1967-1969 

2874 7

 1970-1972 

2874 8

 1973-1975 

2874 9

 1976-1977 

2874 10

 1978-1979 

2874 11

 1980 

2874 12

 1981-1983 

2874 13

 undated 

2874 14-15
Box Folder

Scores- Women 1976-1980, undated 

2874 16

Travel Expenses (includes itinerary info) 

Box Folder

 1947-1960 

2874 17

 1961-1969 

2874 18

 1970-1983, undated 

2874 19

Varsity Fencing Awards, 

Box Folder

 1941-1969 

2874 20

 1971-1980, undated 

2874 21

MSU 

Box Folder

Academic Reports for Intercollegiate Teams 1942, 1953-1968 

2874 22

Athletic and Physical Education Departments Memos 

Box Folder

 1938-1968 

2874 23

 1970-1980, undated 

2874 24
Box Folder

Class Evaluations 1972-1973, 1981-1982, undated 

2874 25

Curriculum 

Box Folder

Beginning Fencing- Womens undated 

2874 26

Beginning Foil Fencing- HPR 107 1972-1973, 1978, undated 

2874 27

Fencing 1942, 1948, 1952, 1960, 1975, 1980, undated 

2875 1

Foundations of Physical Education HPR 115  1958, 1961, 1963-1964, undated 

2875 2

Personal Health- HPR 103 1950-1976, undated 

2875 3

PE 103e, f, h undated 

2875 4
Box Folder

Department of Sports Information services undated 

2875 5

Downtown Coaches Club banquet program 1961 

2875 6

Exercises 1963, undated 

2875 7

Fellowship of Christian Athletes 1966-1967 

2875 8

Hand to Hand Combat by Fendley Collins undated 

2875 9

The Harvard Step Test and Work Capacity by Henry Montoye undated 

2875 10

Head Coaches Meeting Minutes 1962, 1976-1977, undated 

2875 11

Intercollegiate Athletes Eligibility undated 

2875 12

Intramural Building 1966, undated 

2875 13

Intramural Eligibility Rules 1941 

2875 14

Intramural Sports Open House program 1949 

2875 15

Jenison Field House, undated undated 

2875 16

Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense by Sgt Richar Tubbs, Michigan State Police undated 

2875 17

Lauren P. Brown Retirement booklet 1971 

2875 18

MSC All Sports Night Program 1954 

2875 19

MSU Sports Schedules 1950-1955, 1962-1965, 1977, 1980-1981 

2875 20

Physical Activity in Modern Living (publication by MSU faculty) 1960 

2875 21

Physical Fitness event program 1942 

2875 22

Questionnaire on Regular Scheduled Athletic Events and Special Training Trips undated 

2875 23

The Social Background of MSU Athletes by Harry Webb circa 1963 

2875 24

Varsity S Club 1963, 1977-1978, 1983, undated 

2875 25

Subject Files 

Amateur Fencers League of America 

Box Folder

Brochures undated 

2875 26

Correspondence and Mailings to Members 

Box Folder

27 1940-1964 1940-1964 

2875 27

 1965-1968, 1977, 1979-1980, undated 

2875 28
Box Folder

Fencing Rules and Manual 1957 

2875 29

Illinois Division newsletters Jan. 1967, ca. Dec. 1968 

2875 30

Jersey Fencer newsletter June 1964, April 1980 

2875 31

Junior World Fencing Championships program 1979 

2875 32

Meeting minutes May 8, 1971 

2875 33

Michigan Division 1950-1980 

2875 34

Michigan Fencer and Michigan Division newsletters 1941-1942, 1947-1948, 1961-1967, 1971-1977, undated 

2875 35

National Fencing Championships 1941-1968 

2875 36

Secretary's Newsletter 1940, 1942, 1948-1949 

2875 37

Sword and Mask newsletter from Northern Ohio Division, March and December 1961 

2879 13

Swords newsletter New York City  May 1965 

2875 38

Transcripts from conference sessions circa 1957 

2875 39

World Fencing Championships Captain's Report 1958 

2879 40

World Fencing Championships program 1958 

2875 41
Box Folder

Analyse Technique par la Schema d'une Method Modern de Sabre undated 

2875 42

Big Ten 

Championships (includes scores) 

43 1950-1959 

44 1960-1965 

45 1966-1969 

46 1970-1973 

47 1975-1979 

48 1980-1983, undated 

2879 14 1982 

Box Folder

Correspondence and general information, 1956-1982 

2875 49

Fencing Coaches Meeting Minutes 1949, 1954, 1956, 1959-1968, 1973, 1977 

2875 50

Handbook of the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives 1950, 1952, 1964 

2875 51

Intercollegiate (Big Ten) Conference newsletter 1961-1962 

2875 52

Memos 

Box Folder

 1948-1959 

2875 53

 1961-1969 

2875 54

 1970-1973 

2875 55

 1976-1980 

2876 1
Box Folder

Standardization of Dual Fencing Meets 1949, 1951,undated 

2876 2
Box Folder

Canadian Fencing Masters Association 1973 

2876 3

Competitive Fencers and Beginning Fencers: A Comparison of Response Time by Robert Deschaine 1974 

2876 4

Curriculum (non-MSU) undated 

2876 5

The Effect of the Joinville Method on the Striking Time of the Fencing Lunge by Joseph Mastropado 1959 

2876 6

Electrical Fencing Equipment 1954, 1974, undated 

2876 7

Fencing Equipment Catalogs 

Box Folder

A-H 

2876 8

L-Z 

2876 9

Castello 1939-1966 

2876 10

Castello 1973-1979, undated 

2876 11

Santelli 1958-1982, undated 

2876 12

Fencing Information Articles and Reports 

Box Folder

 1935-1974 

2876 13

 undated 

2876 14-17

Fencing Meets & Activities, non MSU flyers & event programs 

Box Folder

 1948-1969 

2876 18

 1971-1980, undated 

2876 19
Box Folder

Fencing Posters (images of grips, warm up exercise, and moves) undated 

2876 20

Fencing Recorder Data- J. A. Mastropaolo 1957 

2876 21-23

Fencing Rules- International from the Federation International d'Escrime 1974 

2876 24

Fencing Tests undated 

2876 25

Hammond, George 1945, 1947, undated 

2879 15

How to Train for a Foil Competition undated 

2876 26

Hungarian Athletes Freedom Tour program circa 1956 

2879 16

Intercollegiate Fencing Association Handbook 1933 

2876 27

International Coaches meeting minutes 1967 

2876 28

Manual for Officials of Conventional Foil Fencing by Beth Alphin 1968 

2876 29

Michigan fencers newspaper articles 1947, 1958, 1959 

2879 24

Midwest Fencing Clinic 1948 

2876 30

Midwest Fencing Coaches Association 1971, 1974-1978, 1980, 1982 

2876 31

NCAA 

Championships 

Box Folder

 1941-1949 

2876 32

 1950-1954 

2876 33

 1955-1956 

2876 34

 1957-1959 

2876 35

 1960-1963 

2877 1

 1964-1969 

2877 2

 1970-1971 

2877 3

 1972-1974 

2877 4

 1975-1979 

2877 5

 1980-1983, undated 

2877 6
Box Folder

Championship Events Handbook (General) 1959 

2877 7

Fencing Championships Format Change 1980 

2877 8

Fencing Championships Handbooks 1959, 1977-1983 

2877 9

Fencing Meets- organization requirements and standards 1960, undated 

2877 10

Fencing Rules circa 1955, circ 1957, undated 

2879 17

Fencing Rules Committee 1947-1961 

2877 11

Handbook of the Intercollegiate Conference 1957, 1964 

2877 12

Handbook on the Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 1933 

2877 13

History of the NCAA Fencing Championships circa 1951, undated 

2877 14

Memos and correspondence 

Box Folder

 1947-1962 

2877 15

 1965-1981, undated 

2877 16
Box Folder

NCAA News Bulletin December 1942, October 1945 

2877 17

Officers and Committees booklets 1943, 1945-1947, 1953, 1958, 1961 

2877 18

Sports and Recreational Programs of the Nation's Universities and Colleges 1958 

2877 19

A Survey of Post Season Collegiate Athletic Events 1952 

2877 20

Tournament Guide for the NCAA Fencing Championships 1964 

2877 21
Box Folder

National Collegiate Fencing Coaches Association Memos and correspondence 1942, 1947, 1949 

2877 22

National Fencing Coaches Association of America 

Box Folder

Accreditation 1935, 1964-1968, 1971-1973 

2877 23

Award Committee Reports 1962, 1970 

2877 24

Award of Honor 1950, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1960 

2877 25

Bylaws and constitution 1949, undated 

2877 26

Certification Committee Reports undated 

2877 27

Coach and Fencer of the Year Awards 

2877 28

Committee Reports 1967, 1975, undated 

2877 29

Conferences, 1954, 1955 1954, 1955 

2877 30

Correspondence and Memos 

Box Folder

 1941-1959 

2877 31

 1960-1966 

2877 32

 1967-1969 

2877 33

 1970-1982 

2877 34

 undated 

2877 35
Box Folder

Deskbook [correspondence, meeting minutes,committees, Olympic tryouts] 1956-1966 

2877 36

Deskbook 1962 

2877 37

Directories and Membership lists 1949-1950, 1956-1990, 1964, 1966-1968, 1971-1976 

2877 38

Fencing Master Certificate 1965 

2879 27

History of the NFCAA by Charles Schmitter 

2877 39

Meeting Minutes- annual and regional meetings 1953-1979 

2877 40

Sword Masters Bulletin 

Box Folder

 1948, 1950-1952 

2877 41

 1953-1957 

2878 1

 1955-1958 

2877 2

 1959-1963, 1967-ca. 1971, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983 

2878 3
Box Folder

National Institute on Girls Sports 1965 

2878 4-5

National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association 

2878 6

Olympics- Official Bulletin September 1958 

2878 7

Olympics- Official Souvenir London [program] 1948 

2878 8

Pan American Games of 1959 1955, 1958-1959 

2878 9

Pan American Games Bulletin 1959, 1971 

2878 10

Salle de Tuscan Fencers' Club, Detroit 1947-1969, undated 

2878 11

Santelli, George 

2878 12

Serials 

Box Folder

The Amateur Swordsman vol. 1-vol. 3 #4 1948-1950 

2878 13

American Fencing 

Box Folder

 1949-1952 

2878 14

 1953-1955 

2878 15

 1956-1959 

2878 16

 1976-1978 

2878 17

 1979 

2878 18

 1980, 1983 

2878 19
Box Folder

The Fencer 1948 

2878 20

Fencing March/ April 1933 

2878 21

The Fencing News 1980 

2878 22

La Touche newsletter- US Commission on Fencing Rules and Regulations 1972-1973 

2878 23

The Ontario Fencer March 1961 

2878 24

The Riposte 1937, 1940 

2879 18

Scherma, (in Italian) 

Box Folder

 1956-1957 

2879 19

 1958 

2879 20

 1959-1960 

2879 21
Box Folder

Sword and Racquet magazine 1932 

2879 22
Box Folder

Soviet Olympians brochure circa 1960 

2875 25

Thomas, George - German and International drivers permits 

2879 25

United States Fencing Association 1981-1982, undated 

2878 26

United States Fencing Coaches Association membership list undated 

2878 27

United States Olympic Committee 

Box Folder

Brochures 1962, undated 

2878 28

Constitution, By-laws, General Rules 1954, 1957 

2878 29

Evaluation of Candidates for 1963 Pan American Games 

2878 30

Memos and Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1942, 1954, 1957-1960 

2878 31

 1962-1964, undated 

2878 32
Box Folder

Minutes and reports 1957-1958, 1963 

2878 33

Newsletters 1957-1963 

2878 34

Olympic Sports circa 1960 

2878 35

Results and Summary for the Qualifying Round for the Olympic Trials 1964 

2878 36

Treasurer's Reports 1957 

2878 37

Photographs and Film 

Box Folder

Negatives- unidentified undated 

2878 38

Air Corps Technical School Fencing School undated 

2878 39

Fencing Action Shots (non MSU) 

2878 40

Fencing Master Certificate for Charles Schmitter 1948 

2878 41

Johnnie Melise and the Blue Moon Collegian 

2878 42

Martial arts in other countries 

2878 43

MSU. Big Ten Championships at MSU 1958 

2878 44

MSU. Big Ten Championships 1962 

2878 45

MSU. Fencing Team Action Shots 

2878 46

MSU. Fencing Team Members 

2878 47

MSU. Fencing Team Portraits 

Box Folder

 1927-1939 

2878 48

 1940-1949 

2878 49

 1950-1959 

2878 50

 1960-1969 

2878 51

 1970-1979 

2878 52

 1980, 1981 

2878 53

 undated 

2878 54
Box Folder

MSU. Grand Rapids Press article and photographs 

2878 55

MSU. Romeo and Juliet- Fencing 

2878 56

MSU. Women fencers 

2878 56

People. Deladrier, _____? 

2878 58

People. Hammond, William and European fencers 

2879 1

People. Schmitter, Charles 

2879 2

People. Schmitter, Charles. At Fencing Clinic 

2879 3

People. Schmitter, Charles. Fencing action shots 

2879 4

People. Schmitter, Ruth 

2879 5

People. Thomas, George H. ? 

2879 6

People. Unidentified 

2879 7

Soldiers 

2879 8

Swords (Schmitter's collection?) 

2879 9

Swords- Grips 

2879 10
Drawer

University of Detroit High School Reunion Class of 1926 1951 

12
Box

Movie Film- 4 unlabeled reels of film 

3058

Box of color slides- msu football game, girl, band or military in a stadium 

3058

Rolled photograph negatives - labeled and unlabeled - people and scenes 

3058

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Oversized 

Drawer

Poster- Championets du Monde D'Escrime, Rome 9-21 Octobre 1955, E.U.R. Palais Des Congres 1955 

12

Charles Schmitter fencing certificate 1938 

12

Painted sign - Kings of the Big Ten undated 

12

Diploma de Maestro di Sherma- Italian Fencing Master Diploma 1956 

12

MSU Diploma of Merit circa 1977 

12

Michigan House of Representatives Resolution #204 tribute to Schmitter on his retirement April 21, 1983 

12