Edris Rice-Wray Oral History, Interviewed by Ellen Chesler and James Reed
Scope and Contents
Two oral histories conducted by James Reed and Ellen Chesler in 1987 (audio recording and draft transcript, 69 pages).
Edris Rice-Wray oral history interview conducted by James Reed, New York City, March 1987 (Tape 1-side A)
Edris Rice-Wray oral history interview conducted by Ellen Chesler, 1987 (Tape 1- side B; continued on Tape 2, side A only)
Dates of Materials
- 1987 March 14
- Chesler, Ellen, 1947- (Interviewer, Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This oral history 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 Chesler has dedicated copyright in this oral history to the public domain. This agreement is governed by a CC0 (Creative Commons 1.0 Universal) public domain dedication.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that he owned copyright, James Reed has dedicated copyright in his materials to the public domain. This agreement is governed by a CC0 (Creative Commons 1.0 Universal) public domain dedication. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by James Reed, 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 / Historical
Birth control advocate; Physician. Edris Roushan Rice-Wray Carson, M.D. (birth date unknown) attended Cornell University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, and was a public health physician, primarily in Central America and Mexico. She was a faculty member of the Puerto Rico Medical School and medical director of the Puerto Rico Family Planning Association. She founded Mexico's first family planning clinic in Mexico City. In the late 1950s she headed the first, large scale, clinical trials of the birth control pill developed by Gregory Pincus and John Rock. She was the recipient of Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Margaret Sanger Award in 1978. She was of the Bahá'í faith. During the last days of her life, she lived in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, and died at her home on February 19, 1990 in San Andres Cholula, accompanied by her daughters and grandchildren, where her surviving family still live.
0.229 linear feet (1 container)
Two oral histories of birth control advocate and physician Edris Rice-Wray, who founded Mexico's first family planning clinic in Mexico City. Includes audio tapes and one draft transcript.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Existence and Location of Copies
Original audio recordings have been copied to digital files for research use.
- Finding Aid to the Edris Rice-Wray oral history
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Scott Biddle
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- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
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- 2020-06-17: Added interview and updated notes
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