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Jorge Villarreal papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00474

Scope and Contents

Biographical materials, family photographs, correspondence, writings, and lectures pertaining to the life and work of Jorge Villarreal, M.D. The material, much of which is in Spanish, documents the aspects of Villarreal's career pertaining to population issues and policies and to reproductive rights, primarily in his native Colombia. His particular interest seems to have been abortion rights, including clinical and practical concerns as well as related political, social and cultural issues.

Dates of Materials

  • 1953-2002


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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

Jorge Villarreal was born in Socorro, Colombia, 1927; earned his undergraduate degree at Colegio San Bartolome in Bogota, his medical degree at National University in Bogota, 1952, and did post-graduate work in obstetrics and gynecology, 1954-58, at University of Pennsylvania and Kansas University. Was professor of obstetrics and gynecology at National University of Colombia, 1958-62, and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Javeriana University, Bogota, 1963- 65. Villarreal served as Medical Director of Population Division, Colombian Association of Medical Schools, 1965-67; Chief of Programs of Teaching and Research in Population for the Pan-American Federation of Associations of Medical Schools, 1967-75; Director of Community Medicine Program at Santa Fe de Bogota Foundation in Bogota, 1973-76; and founded, and was director of, ORIENTAME, a family planning and reproductive rights advocacy organization, 1977-94. He also founded, and was director of, ESAR, an organization concerned with "training on the comprehensive management of undesired pregnancy," 1990-99. Villarreal was an expert on population issues, and devoted his professional life to furthering family planning and reproductive rights. He died in Bogota on 8 December 2001.


0.438 linear feet (2 containers)


Physician; Professor; Reproductive rights advocate. Biographical materials, family photographs, correspondence, writings, and lectures documenting Villarreal's work pertaining to population issues and policies, birth control, and abortion rights primarily in his native Colombia. Much of the material is in Spanish.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Cristina Villarreal, 2002.

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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
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  • 2020-12-07: Added 1 flat file folder

Repository Details

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

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