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Watumull Foundation records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00377

Scope and Contents

The records of the Watumull Foundation consist primarily of correspondence of Ellen Watumull, Margaret Sanger, Shrimati Dhanvanthi Rama Rau, and others about birth control, particularly in India. There is also material concerning efforts to have Margaret Sanger nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1960; the Planned Parenthood meeting in 1969 and the Planned Parenthood Center of Los Angeles. Included are miscellaneous clippings and other publications about Margaret Sanger and birth control, as well as an audiotape of Ellen Watumull discussing Margaret Sanger.

Dates of Materials

  • 1929-1992

Creator

Language of Materials

English

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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

The Watumull Foundation was established in Honolulu, Hawaii by businessman G.S. Watumull in 1942. As an immigrant from India, Watumull wanted his foundation to promote goodwill between the U.S. and India. His wife, Ellen (Jensen) Watumull (1875-1990), served as executive vice-president of the Foundation. Watumull Foundation resources supported an exchange of educators between the U.S. and India, financed Indian students in the U.S., sponsored medical research projects, aided Honolulu cultural institutions, and promoted birth control in India. Ellen Watumull helped Margaret Sanger plan the first International Planned Parenthood Conference in Asia (Bombay, 1952). After the death of G.J. Watumull, the Foundation started giving annual awards in his memory -- five in science and five in the humanities.

Extent

1.083 linear feet (1 container)

Abstract

Philanthropic foundation. Records consist primarily of correspondence with Ellen Watumull, Margaret Sanger, Shrimati Dhanvanthi Rama Rau, and others about birth control, particularly in India. There is also material documenting the Planned Parenthood meeting in 1969 and the Planned Parenthood Center of Los Angeles. Included are miscellaneous materials about Margaret Sanger and birth control.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Watamull Foundation via Margaret Sanger Papers Project, 1997.

Title
Watumull Foundation records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

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