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Blanche Weber Shaffer papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-1301
This collection contains the papers of Blanche Weber Shaffer, a Swiss Quaker who was involved with the Friends World Committee for Consultation and devoted her life to fostering relationships between Quakers throughout the globe. The materials in this collection include both personal, professional, and travel materials, as well as diaries and correspondence, spanning the years 1940 to 1979, with some earlier letters from John Marshall Crosman in 1918. There are a few documents in German and French, but most are in English.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1918-1979

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Extent

0.82 Linear Feet (2 hollinger boxes)

Overview

This collection contains the papers of Blanche Weber Shaffer, a Swiss Quaker who was involved with the Friends World Committee for Consultation and devoted her life to fostering relationships between Quakers throughout the globe. The materials in this collection include both personal, professional, and travel materials, as well as diaries and correspondence, spanning the years 1940 to 1979, with some earlier letters from John Marshall Crosman in 1918.

Biographical / Historical

Blanche Weber Shaffer was born on May 20, 1902 in Switzerland. She studied literature and languages at the University of Geneva. She was a member of Geneva Monthly Meeting and joined Friends in 1932. In 1937 she was a Swiss delegate to the Second World Conference of Friends in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and she was active in the founding of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) at that conference. The mission of FWCC is "Answering God’s call to universal love, FWCC brings Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences together in worship, communications, and consultation, to express our common heritage and our Quaker message to the world" (http://fwcc.world/about-fwcc) In 1940 she married Leslie Shaffer (d. 1952), who was the secretart of the Friends' FWCC. Blanche Weber Shaffer served as Librarian of the International Bureau of Education in Genva until 1940. With her husband, she traveled throughout the world visiting Quakers. She was naturalized on March 8, 1945 in Media, Pennsylvania. With the Pickards she wrote in 1943 the FWCC publication "Quakerism in Switzerland". In 1958 she became the Assistant Director of the Geneva Friends' Center, specializing in student groups. In 1961, she was the Deputy director of Quaker International Centre and the Secretary General of FWCC. In 1970 she retired to Selly Oak, Birmingham England. She also served on the Second Vatican Council's Commission for Promoting Christian Unity. She died on May 9, 1974 at the age of 71.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into five series: correspondence, diaries, personal papers, travel materials, and professional records. Within each series, the materials are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From D. Steere and E. Williams Woodbrooke College Library, Selly Oak, Birmingham, England. Received October 29, 1974.

Related Materials

None

Processing Information

Processed by Madison Arnold-Scerbo, completed August 2018.
Title
Blanche Weber Shaffer papers
Author
Madison Arnold-Scerbo
Date
August, 2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

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