Joan Banks Dunlop papers
Scope and Contents
Dates of Materials
- 1916 - 2012
- Dunlop, Joan Banks (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
After a brief stint at a Manhattan advertising agency, Dunlop went to work at the Ford Foundation (1960-1967) as an administrative assistant to the Director of Public Affairs, Paul Ylvisaker, at a time when the Public Affairs Programs would soon serve as the model for President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society/War on Poverty programs. In the late-1960s, she worked for the City of New York in the Mayor's Office of the Budget and at the Fund for the City of New York. During the 1970s, Dunlop worked as senior advisor to John D. Rockefeller, III, and provided administrative support to his organization, the Population Council where she worked to broaden the agency's research into gender roles and sexuality. According to her obituary in the New York Times (2012-07-01), "she introduced Mr. Rockefeller to feminist leaders, including Germaine Greer and Gloria Steinem."
In 1984, Dunlop became president of the organization which would become her life's work when she joined the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC). For the next fourteen years, she oversaw the tremendous growth of the IWHC as she secured its "reputation as an authoritative voice for women's perspectives in population policy."
When she left in 1998, Dunlop continued her work for women and reproductive rights around the world through an independent project, A Women's Lens on Global Issues. She carried on with her consulting work even after she began her third, and final, bout with breast cancer in 2006. Married and divorced twice, Joan Dunlop, according to the New York Times, "devoted herself to expanding women's rights to control their own bodies" (2012-07-01) and did so on a global scale.
10.125 linear feet (13 containers)
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
In 2019, a team of processors (Madison White, Scott Biddle, and two student workers, Isabel Montesanto and Sky Karp) began to rearrange the collection. Folders that were still intact were maintained, but all other material was rearranged into organizations or categories of material. Organizations were put into chronological order. Medical, financial, and other restricted material was removed. Restricted material that will be opened in future was placed in its own boxes.
- Address books
- Annual reports
- Appointment books
- Birth control -- 20th century
- Birth control -- Developing countries -- 20th century
- Business cards
- Court cases
- Electronic mail
- Financial records
- Galley proofs
- Greeting cards
- International Women's Health Coalition
- Legal files
- Medical records
- Oral histories
- Reproductive health
- Rockefeller, John D., 1906-1978
- Women's health services
- Finding aid to the Joan Banks Dunlop papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Madison White and Scott Biddle
- 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.
- 2018-10-04: Updated legacy finding aid and added several notes.
- 2019-05-10: Updated to include new arrangement
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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