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Abortion and Birth Control Committee records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00786

Scope and Contents

Newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, forms, and correspondence

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1969-1974


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, Deborah Dizard has assigned the copyright of the Abortion and Birth Control Committee's works to Smith College; however, 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 instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by the Committee, 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.

Biographical Note

Pre-Roe v. Wade committee associated with Valley Women's Center in Northampton, Massachusetts. The VWC's main purpose was to inform women about legal and educational means to improve their lives. It identified itself with radical feminism, scorning the National Organization of Women (NOW) for encouraging women to obtain positions of power in a patriarchal society as opposed to dismantling the patriarchy. It also allied itself with Third World causes and political battles. In addition, VWC members were among the first to address rape as a political issue. The VWC offered a myriad of free services to women. For example, there was a free store on the premises where one person could donate items in exchange for someone else's donated goods. In 1971, the VWC began sponsoring welfare rights programs and vocational counseling. It also offered pregnancy counseling, its most used-service.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



The Abortion and Birth Control Committee was a pre-Roe v. Wade committee associated with Valley Women's Center in Western Massachusetts that attempted to connect people with reproductive health services when such services were difficult to obtain. The collection contains the newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, forms, and correspondence of the Committee.

Other Finding Aids

The collection has a container list that is available upon request by contacting

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Deborah Dizard in 2016.

Related Materials

Valley Women's Center Records

Finding aid to the Abortion and Birth Control Committee records
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-18: Updated to conform to DACS

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063