William John Shepherd, the only child of
William Lewis Shepherd (1938-1979) and Iola Pearl Sinclair (1935- ), was born
24 June 1962 at Greensburg, Westmorland County, Pennsylvania. He is descended
from Scottish and English coal miners as well as Pennsylvania German farmers.
His abiding interests are in immigration, labor, and military history in
general and the culture and history of Northern England, Pennsylvania,
Scotland, Southwestern Germany, and Ulster, Ireland, in particular.
He graduated from Harmony High
School, Westover, PA, in 1980 and attended the Indiana University of
Pennysylvania (IUP) in Indiana, PA, receiving a BA in History with minors in
International Studies and German in 1984 and a MA in History with a
concentration in British history in 1986. He has subsequently studied military
and British history at the University of Maryland, 1988-1990, and library
science at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in 1992.
Mr. Shepherd began his archival
career as an Intern at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, MD,
1988-1989, and has been a salaried employee at the American Catholic History
Research Center and University Archives of The Catholic University of America
in Washington, DC, since 1989, serving as Acting Archivist in 1994-1995,
Assistant Archivist from 1995 to 2002, and Associate Archivist since 2002.
He is Content Editor of the CUA
Archives web page at
http://libraries.cua.edu/achrcua/index.html and author or co-author of
many of the archival finding aids and online exhibits therein.
He was a contributor to AN
HISTORICAL LIST OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS OF MARYLAND (1990), THE NEW CATHOLIC
ENCYLOPEDIA (2003), and to the COLUMBIA GUIDE TO IRISH-AMERICAN HISTORY
(2005) edited by Timothy J. Meagher. He has had articles published in YOURS
AYE (Clan Sinclair Newsletter) and U.S. CATHOLIC HISTORIAN and book reviews in
journals such as THE HISTORIAN and FINEST HOUR (Journal of the International
Churchill Society), the Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, and
magazines such as MILITARY HISTORY and WORLD WAR II. In addition, he has many
online book reviews at TheHistoryNet and Amazon.com.
He and his wife, Marie, have
one child, a son named William John Jr. and born in 1996. Besides reading,
hobbies include hiking, fantasy football, cooking, and playing with his son.