Women's Health Specialists of California records
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
- Women's Health Specialists of California (Organization)
Language of Materials
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.
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.
20.605 linear feet (20 containers)
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.
- Abortion -- Law and legislation -- United States
- Abortion -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States
- Abortion -- Political aspects -- United States
- Abortion -- Social aspects -- United States
- Abortion -- United States
- Abortion rights movement
- Abortion services -- United States
- Annual reports
- Computer media
- Contact sheets
- Court cases
- DVD-Video discs
- Downer, Carol
- Financial records
- Fund raising
- Government documents
- Hasper, Diane (Dido)
- Health education of women -- United States -- 20th century
- Heckert, Shauna
- Legal documents
- National Network of Abortion Funds
- Organization files
- Pro-life movement
- Reproductive and sexual health
- Sound recordings
- Steir, Bruce
- Trial proceedings
- Women in medicine
- Women's Health Specialists of California
- Women's health services
- press releases
- Finding aid to the Women's Health Specialists of California records
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- 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.
- 2019-04-08: Updated and published finding aid.
- 2019-11-19: Added file level inventory and updated finding aid to current standards
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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