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William Z. (William Zeiders) Shetter, Quaker professor of Germanic languages and culture, at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, was born in Allentown, Pa., in 1927. He received an A.B. in 1951 from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1953 and 1955. He taught at the University of Wisconsin from 1956 to 1961 and Bryn Mawr College from 1962 to 1965. In 1965, he joined the faculty of Indiana University. He was a Fulbright scholar and has taught German and Dutch throughout his career. He is married to Janette Knott Shetter,
William Shetter joined Radnor Monthly Meeting while teaching at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. He is active in the Society of Friends, serving in Bloomington Monthly Meeting in many roles including clerk and representative to Western Yearly Meeting and Friends World Committee for Consultation.
Contains the personal journal of William Z. Shetter, 1982-85, kept during his first term of Clerk of Bloomington Friends Meeting, recording all that was going on in the Meeting as well as his reaction and perceptions. During his second tenure as Clerk, the Meeting decided to take under its care the marriage of a same sex couple. The papers in the collection document the case, including photocopies of his handwritten notes, photocopies of the records pertaining to the case including minutes, correspondence with other meetings and Western Yearly Meeting, and news clippings.
Organization: Series 1. Journal; Series 2. Same gender marriage papers
Deposit, William Z. Shetter, 1995-1997, in three separate accessions.
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
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This material will be open to consultation, but no part of the journal may be quoted or cited in any publication in any such a manner as to permit identification of individuals before July 31, 2045, per the request of the donor. A copy of any publication making use of this journal will be given to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.