Bloomington Monthly Meeting Papers, 1982-1992

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG5/219


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Abstract
William Z. Shetter (b. 1927) is Professor of Germanic Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He is an active member of the Society of Friends, and served as clerk of Bloomington Monthly Meeting for two terms, 1982-1985 and 1992-1995. During his first tenure as clerk, he kept a detailed personal journal, recording all that was going on in the Meeting as well as his thoughts and perceptions. During his second tenure, the Meeting decided to take under its care the marriage of a same gender couple. The collection contains photocopies of his journal for the years 1982-1985, photocopies of his handwritten notes on the same gender marriage case, and photocopies of the records pertaining to the case including minutes, correspondence with other meetings and Western Yearly Meeting, and news clippings.

Background note:
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.

Scope and content
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


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

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. A copy of any publication making use of this journal will be given to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Acquisition Information
Deposit, William Z. Shetter, 1995-1997, in three separate accessions.


Added entries

Subjects
  • Bloomington Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Bloomington, Ind.)
  • Quakers -- Controversy
  • Quakers -- Indiana
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Shetter, William Z.
  • Society of Friends -- Controversies
  • Society of Friends -- Doctrines
  • Society of Friends -- Indiana

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Bloomington Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Bloomington, Ind.)

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

     


    Collection inventory

    Note to Researchers: These records may only be consulted at Swarthmore, and are not available through inter-Library loan.


    Series 1: Clerk's Journal, 1982-1986

    Typed personal journal of business and committee meetings, pp. 1-189
    July 12, 1982-June 4, 1984
    (1 volume)
    Box 1

    Typed personal journal of business and committee meetings, pp. 190-431
    June 11, 1986-July 15, 1985
    (1 volume)
    Box 1

    Index to journal
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Series 2: Bloomington Monthly Meeting Same Gender Marriage Papers, 1992-1993

    Clerk’s (William Shetter) handwritten notes
    1992-1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Photocopies.

    Compilation of minutes of Bloomington MM concerning same gender marriage
    1992-1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Related papers, clippings concerning same gender marriage
    1992-1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 1