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Abortion collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00428

Scope and Contents

The Abortion Collection is comprised of mostly published materials organized in six series: General, Legal status, Organizations, Countries, States and Opposition. Articles, pamphlets, newsletters, books, newspaper clippings, legislative records, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials document the efforts of both the pro-life and pro-choice movements from the 1930s to the present, although the bulk of the collection dates from the 1970s. The Legal status series documents specific court cases, with an emphasis on the Roe v. Wade case (1973), and includes court transcripts and audiotapes from the Supreme Court hearing. Organizations represented include the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the Women's National Abortion Action Coalition (WONAAC). There are also clippings and newsletters on abortion-related issues in countries other than the United States. The Opposition series includes memorabilia, printed material, books and videotapes related to the anti-abortion rights movement.

Dates of Materials

  • 1936-2005

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to materials in the Abortion Collection is owned by the individuals and organizations that created them. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Extent

7 boxes (3.25 linear feet)

Overview

Primarily printed materials, plus legislative records, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials documenting the efforts of both the pro-life and pro-choice movements. The Legal status section documents specific court cases, with an emphasis on the Roe v. Wade case (1973). Organizations represented include the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the Women's National Abortion Action Coalition (WONAAC).

Arrangement

This collection is organized into five series:
  1. I. General
  2. II. Law and Legislation
  3. III. Organizations
  4. IV. Countries
  5. V. Opposition
  6. Oversize Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals

Periodic additions to collection are expected. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.

Existence and Location of Copies

Original audiovisual recordings have been transferred to digital format for research use.

Related Materials

Related materials can be found elsewhere in the Sophia Smith Collection in the Records of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, Catholics for Choice, National Network of Abortion Funds, Reproductive Rights National Network, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Voters for Choice, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, ProChoice Resource Center, and many others.

Note: For poster and other memorabilia from the March for Women's Lives, 26 Apr 2004, see the Miscellaneous Memorabilia Collection. For articles on that event, see the Health Collection.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern. Revised in 2015.
Title
Abortion collection
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by mnsss.
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss79 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:23-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
Young Library
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Northampton MA 01063