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Voters for Choice records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00461

Scope and Contents

The Voters for Choice records contain correspondence; photographs related to the pro-choice movement, fundraising, political activism; public relations materials; press releases; reports; conference materials; financial information; miscellaneous printed material; video and audio tapes of campaign ads, radio spots, interviews, debates, etc.. Also included are records of the Board of Directors pertaining to the organization's purpose (the preservation of a woman's right to choose), by way of media campaigns and endorsing pro-choice candidates for political office. There is also a small amount of personal material generated by Kristina Kiehl.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1977 - 2002


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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Co-founded in 1979 by Gloria Steinem and Kristina Kiehl, Voters for Choice is the nation's largest independent non-partisan action committee. It is committed to maintaining safe, legal and accessible abortion services for all women, regardless of geographical location, age or economic status. Based in Washington, D.C., it's main agenda is to elect candidates who support a woman's right to make decisions regarding abortion, contraception, and child-bearing without government interference.


7.585 linear feet (9 containers)

Language of Materials



Abortion rights advocacy group. Records contain correspondence, photographs, fundraieing and public relations materials, reports, conference materials, printed materials, and audiovisual materials. Records document the organization's mission to preserve abortion rights by way of media campaigns and endorsing pro-choice candidates for political office.


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.

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 or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Julie Burton in 2002 and Kristina Kiehl in 2005.

Related Material

Additional material located in Gloria Steinem Papers and Kristinal Kiehl Papers, Sophia Smith Collection.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2005-S-0015, Boxes 1-6 renumbered as Boxes 2-7



Voters for Choice records
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-12-07: Added 2 flat file folders
  • 2021-07-15: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063