The Ernest Schelling papers largely consist of printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia, much of it relating to Schelling's
service as a major in the United States Army during World War I and as an assistant military attaché in Switzerland during
and immediately after that war. The papers also contain materials pertaining to Schelling's long career as a classical pianist
and conductor, and especially to his friendship with the Polish musician and statesman, Ignace Paderewski. There is some personal
correspondence in the collection, as well as correspondence belonging to Lucy Schelling (Ernest Schelling's first wife) and
Helen "Peggy" Schelling (his second wife and widow).