Tapestry Health Systems, Inc. records
Scope and Contents
The records of Tapestry Health Systems consist primarily of files from the administrative office in Northampton. Included are correspondence; publications; minutes; reports; clinic data; medical protocols; publicity; photographs; clippings; personnel summaries; financial reports; project files; and grant proposals which document Tapestry's administration, finances, advocacy, publicity activities, education, training, and activities of the Northampton clinic. The materials contain some records of the predecessor program, Worthington and Wesson Women's Hospital (1971-1973). Included is some Leslie Tarr Laurie personal material related to her family planning work outside of Tapestry.
Dates of Materials
- 1971 - 2010
- Tapestry Health Systems (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Accession 2020-S-0007 is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
All other series must be screened by an archivist for patient records before being used by researchers. Please contact the archives a minimum of four weeks in advance of your visit for access.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owns copyright, Leslie Tarr Laurie has retained copyright in Tapestry Inc's works donated to Smith College. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Tapestry Inc., researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Tapestry Health Systems was founded in 1973 by Leslie Tarr Laurie and others, as the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts, to provide family planning services including birth control, pregnancy testing, referral for adoption and abortion services, as well as STD testing, gynecological exams. Its programs expanded into about 12 clinics in Western Massachusetts and into other family planning and health care areas including teenage pregnancy, AIDS, smoking cessation and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Tapestry is funded largely by federal and other grants and donations.
260.585 linear feet (242 containers)
Language of Materials
Tapestry Health Systems was founded in 1973 by Leslie Tarr Laurie and others, as the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts, to provide family planning services including birth control, pregnancy testing, referral for adoption and abortion services,and other health services. The records of consist primarily of files from the administrative office in Northampton. Included are correspondence; publications; minutes; reports; clinic data; medical protocols; publicity; photographs; clippings; personnel summaries; financial reports; project files; and grant proposals which document Tapestry's administration, finances, advocacy, publicity activities, education, training, and activities of the Northampton clinic.
This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.
Other Finding Aids
One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Leslie Tarr Laurie. Additional accessions have been donated by Tapestry Health Systems.
The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created. One floppy disk in Accession 2008-S-106, labelled "Leah's Guide' Mailing list" was unable to be read. See the log files linked in the container list for more details.
Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.
- AIDS (Disease) -- Massachusetts
- Birth control -- Massachusetts
- Birth control clinics -- Massachusetts
- Electronic records
- Erwin, Kelly
- Financial records
- Grant proposals
- Hartry, Lucy
- Laurie, Leslie Tarr
- Legislative documents
- Oral histories
- Personnel records
- Public health -- Massachusetts
- Reproductive and sexual health
- Reproductive rights
- Sex instruction -- Massachusetts
- Sexually transmitted diseases -- Massachusetts
- Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (U.S.)
- Story, Ellen
- Tapestry Health Systems
- Tapestry Health Systems
- Teenage pregnancy -- Massachusetts -- Prevention
- Women in development -- International cooperation
- Women in medicine
- Women's health services -- Massachusetts
- Finding aid to Tapestry Health Systems, Inc. records
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Ellice Amanna
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2019-06-20: Finding aid updated to current standards and published
- 2020-05-14: Description added for born-digital content.
- 2020-09-03: Added series Accession 2020-S-0007
- 2021-06: Added legacy Word inventories to 7 accessions.
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063