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Harley R. Schneider papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ua46

Scope and Content

The collection contains assignments, notes, labs, survey and field notebooks, papers, and exams regarding geology, petroleum engineering, mechanics, map interpretation and physics, most likely assembled during Harley Schneider’s education at the University of Minnesota. Also of note is materials related to field trips taken by the School of Mines in 1930 and 1932. Other materials within the collection are publications, correspondence, and artifacts from and about the Sigma Chi Fraternity.


  • Creation: 1910-1993


Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Note

Harley Robert Schneider was born on 1 July 1909 in New Ulm, Minnesota (1). In 1933, he earned his degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Minnesota School of Mines and Metallurgy (2). Following graduation, he was an area engineer for the City of New Ulm and the Federal Works Program / Works Progress Administration until World War II, in which he began working for Northwest Airlines, Inc. modifying B-24 bombers (1). In 1946, he obtained his Professional Engineers License and went back to the City of New Ulm as their primary City Engineer. Between 1950 and 1953, Schneider worked for a consulting firm, a construction consortium, and a private consultant, but he returned as the City Engineer for the City of New Ulm in 1955, and stayed there until his retirement in 1975. From 1975 to 2000, he worked as a consultant with numerous Engineering and Land Surveying firms, as a research analyst of Public Records to assist in preparing land surveys. On top of his engineering work, he was involved with the National Society of Professional Engineers (as a member and historian), the National Society of Professional Surveyors, the Lions Club of New Ulm (for 53 years), and the Sigma Chi Fraternity (1,3). Harley Schneider died February 3, 2008, in New Ulm, Minnesota (3).


(1) Minnesota Surveyor, Conference Issue, Vol. 9, no. 1, Winter 2002.

(2) Commencement Program, 1933.

(3) Minnesota Surveyor, Vol. 16, no. 1, Spring 2008.


2.75 Cubic Feet (3 record boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection contains the papers of Harley R. Schneider, alumnus of the University of Minnesota’s School of Mines. These papers include class assignments, notes, and exams from his time at the U of M, as well as publications, correspondence, and artifacts from the Sigma Chi Fraternity.


The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series 1: Course and Research Material, 1910-1986
  • Series 2: Field Trip Notebooks and Material, 1928-1932; 1986-1988
  • Series 3: Personal Correspondence and Artifacts, 1926-1991
  • Series 4: Sigma Chi Fraternity Material, 1927-1991

Source of acquisition

This collection was donated on August 11, 1992.

Related Materials in the Minnesota Historical Society

Processing Information

Processing completed with funds from the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society (2021-2022).

Harley R. Schneider papers
Karen Spilman; Katelyn Morken; Adriana Esparza
April 2005; April-June 2021
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Revision Statements

  • April-June 2021: Contents list added, notes updated

Collecting Area Details

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