If you visit the offices of the Weidenbaum Center, you will notice a number of beautiful prints in the foyer and hallway. Dr. James Schiele (DLA, 2015), the Eliot Society Chairman for the Center, graciously donated some of his vast collection of prints to the Center. Those donated by Jim are designated with a special plaque. Jim’s decision to donate these prints reflects his friendship to the Center and his dedication to supporting its endeavors.
Since 1956, Jim has been collecting prints, some rare, of the abolition movement, the Civil War, which includes the only full collection of thirty-six Kurz and Allison Civil War chromolithograph prints outside of the Chicago History Museum, and the Reconstruction era. His collection also includes prints of late 19th-century Westward Expansion, as well as Native American images, by well-known artists such as Charles Russell and Frederick Remington, and lesser-known artists such as George Catlin and Maxine Noel.
About James Schiele
Following graduation in 1952, Jim served from 1952 to 1956 in the U.S. Air Force as a B-26 navigator. He was based at K-14, Kimpo, South Korea in 1954 and was retired with rank of captain in the U.S. Air
Jim spent 61 years in a number of capacities, including chairman, at the St. Louis Screw & Bolt Co., a family corporation, before the company was sold in 1999. He remained as a consultant into 2018.
At Washington University, Jim Schiele is a Life Eliot Benefactor of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society and Brookings Partner. Over the years, annual gifts from him and his wife have impacted many programs, including the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. They are also committed scholarship supporters and established an endowed scholarship in Arts & Sciences.
Jim shows his support through his various leadership positions. He is the Eliot Society chair for the Weidenbaum Center and a member of the Athletic Department’s W Club Executive Committee. He is also involved in the International Advisory Council for Asia and the University Libraries National Council. In addition, he is a former member of the Alumni Board of Governors and has participated in his undergraduate Reunions over the years.
The university has recognized Jim for his dedication. University Libraries awarded him the 2009 Dean’s Medal. He received the Founders Day Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Weidenbaum Center in 2000. In 2013, he received Washington University’s Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in history in 1952, Master of Liberal Arts in 1985, Master of Arts in 2011, and his Doctorate of Liberal Arts in 2015.