Russell Stetler collection
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Russell Stetler was a Haverford student, Class of 1966, who was active in opposing the Vietnam War while on campus. He formed a committee devoted to raising money for medical supplies for the Viet Cong, circulated a petition, and was involved in related activities off of Haverford's campus as well.
Sasan S. Mehrara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He received his law degree from George Washington University in 1997 and is currently a partner in the real estate department of Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, LLP.
This collection is devoted to Stetler's antiwar activities and the reactions of others (the Haverford student body, administration, and Board of Managers; the Philadelphia School Board, who had given Stetler a scholarship; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bertrand Russell; the Chinese Communist Party; and others involved in the antiwar movement). These documents are a collection of research materials for Sasan Mehrara's thesis on Stetler. Contents include handwritten interview and research notes as well as photocopies of articles, correspondence, court records, statements, and minutes. For this research, Mehrara's made use of documents held in archives at Temple University, McMaster University, Swarthmore College, and Haverford College.
Also included are notes related to Mehrara's thesis, correspondence by Mehrara with Stetler, and other documents related to Mehrara's writing of his thesis.
The Russell Stetlet collection was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College by Sasan Mehrara.
Processed by Jon Sweitzer-Lamme; completed 2013.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Jon Sweitzer-Lamme
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- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17). Please contact Special Collections with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.
Contains Mehrara's correspondence with Stetler, as well as copies of correspondence with and regarding Russell Stetler from the Bertrand Russell Peace Center, some of which date from after Russell's time at Haverford, during which time he served as the executive secretary of the Peace Center.Physical Description
Documents related to Stetler's fundraising for the Viet Cong, to his petition, and to the Vietnam War in general, including minutes of the Board of Managers meeting devoted entirely to discussing Stetler.Physical Description
Notes from Mehrara's thesis-writing process, from his readings of primary sources, and in preparation for and during interviews with various people who interacted with Stetler over the course of his life. A list of these interviewees is also included.Physical Description
Includes academic article on community revitalization, parts of Mehrara's correspondence with the FBI regarding his Freedom of Information Act request, and official documents and correspondence with and regarding the Student Peace Union.Physical Description
Includes clippings related to Stetler from the Haverford News, the Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Bulletin, and the New York Times, the Mainline Chronicle, and unlabeled newspapers.Physical Description
Correspondence and documents, including a brief to the Philadelphia School Board related to Stetler's scholarship, from the archive of the American Civil Liberties Union.Physical Description
Legal pads and a spiral-bound notebook with interview notes and notes on readings done by Mehrara during the course of his writing his thesis.Physical Description