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composer , educator , lecturer , musician , library director , author , poet

Martha Eckert Schaaf, author, poet, library director, musician, composer, educator, lecturer. Licensed teacher English, French, Spanish, music. Named Valedictorian, Madison (Indiana) High School, 1929; recipient History award Daughters of the American Revolution, 1930, Chamber of Commerce award Pompano Beach, Florida, 1970, Editor's Choice award The National Library Poetry award, 1995, Distinguished Alumni award Indiana University, 1983.


Schaaf, Martha Eckert was born on September 21, 1911 in Madison, Indiana, United States. Daughter of Frederick William and Julia (Richert) Eckert.


AB with distinction, Indiana University, 1933. Master of Library Science, Columbia University, 1945. Postgraduate, Butler University.

Postgraduate, Indiana University.


Library director, Township System, Crothersville, Indiana, 1936-1938; library music instructor, Angola, Indiana, 1938-1939; library music instructor, Howe High School, Indianapolis, 1939-1942; library director, Reitz High School, Evansville, Indiana, 1942; county library organizer, County Brs. Library., Columbus, Georgia, 1943; hospital library director, Camp Van Dorn, Woodville, Mississippi, 1943-1944; organized library, Bulova School for Disabled Veterans, Long Island, New York, 1944-1945; organized business research library, Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, 1946-1950; research library Wallace Collection, Indiana History Society Library., 1958-1961; director, Public Library., Pompano Beach, Florida, 1967-1972. President Indiana Special Library.

Association, 1948.


  • Avocations: piano, organ, choral direction, composing. F C.



Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, National League American Pen Women (Service award Boca Raton branch 1995), International Society Poets, Academy American Poets, Mortar Board, Indiana University Alumni Association, Columbia University Alumni Association, Palm Bay Women's Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Lambda Theta, Chi Omega (Foundation award Theta Beta chapter).


  • Other Interests

    Piano, organ, choral direction, composing.


Married Clarence William Schaaf, December 27, 1941 (deceased 1987). 1 child, Susan Elizabeth Lee.

Frederick William Eckert

Julia (Richert) Eckert

Clarence William Schaaf

Susan Elizabeth Lee Schaaf