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Women's Health Specialists of California records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00790

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, photographs, audiovisual materials, reports, publications, legal documents, clinic incident logs, scrapbooks, and ephemera.

Dates of Materials

  • 1967 - 2017

Creator

Language of Materials

English, Spanish

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Ellen Schnitger has assigned the copyright in the works of Women's Health Specialists of California 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 Women's Health Specialists of California, 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

Founded in 1975 as the Chico Feminist Women's Health Center (FMWH) by a collective of women dedicated to the women's health movement, the organization eventually grew to five centers. In addition to the Chico office, clinics were opened in Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Redding, and Grass Valley, California. Despite decades of harassment from local and state authorities and repeated acts of violence from anti-abortion activists, FWHC persisted in offering women in northern California access to reproductive health care, including abortion services, adoption services, and education, all within a women-centered health care environment. Known as the Women's Health Specialists of California since 1996, as of 2017 they continue to operate clinics in Chico, Redding, and Grass Valley.

Extent

20.605 linear feet (20 containers)

Abstract

Founded in 1975 as the Chico Feminist Women's Health Center (FMWH) by a collective of women dedicated to the women's health movement, the organization, subsequently namedthe Women's Health Specialists of California, offers women in northern California access to reproductive health care, including abortion services, adoption services, and education. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, A/V, reports, publications, legal documents, clinic incident logs, scrapbooks, and ephemera.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Smith College by Ellen Schnitger on 2017-04-19.

Related Materials

For more information, see: https://www.womenshealthspecialists.org/about/our-history.

Title
Finding aid to the Women's Health Specialists of California records
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-04-08: Updated and published finding aid.
  • 2019-11-19: Added file level inventory and updated finding aid to current standards

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Neilson Library
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