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Choice USA records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00575

Scope and Contents

Records contain correspondence, publications, publicity materials, press releases and clippings, photographs, website images, reports, polls, financial information, and Board of Directors minutes, and other materials. They document the organization's history and work for the preservation of a woman's right to choose by way of media campaigns, voter registration initiatives, educational outreach to young adults, and endorsing pro-choice candidates for political office.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Dates

  • 1980s-2005 (ongoing)

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

Choice USA was founded in 1992 by Gloria Steinem as Voters for Choice and serves to mobilize and provide ongoing support to the upcoming generation of leaders who promote and protect reproductive choice. The organization's first projects analyzed the activities of the religious right in elections and promoted electoral participation by women, young people, and people of color. In 1996, responding to signs that young people's support for reproductive choice had declined compared to previous generations and that young supporters of choice were disconnected from the pro-choice movement, Choice USA created the Next Generation Campaign which focused its work exclusively on teenagers and young people. National in scope, Choice USA's programs address the pressing need for pro-choice messages, programs, and strategies tailored to engage young people, whose experiences differ markedly (socially and politically) from the generation of reproductive rights activists who fought to see Roe v. Wade passed in 1973. In 2001, Choice USA laid the groundwork for transitioning to become an exclusively youth-led and youth-focused reproductive rights organization, creating programs that incorporate the lessons learned from research (and validated by field experience) to regain young people's support. Choice USA programs reach young people in every region of the country. Gloria Steinem currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors. Crystal Plati is Executive Director.

For more information, see Choice USA Web site.

Extent

4 boxes (4.75 linear feet)

Overview

Reproductive rights advocacy group. Records contain correspondence, publications, publicity materials, press releases and clippings, photographs, website images, reports, polls, financial information, and Board of Directors minutes, and other materials. They document the organization's history and work for the preservation of a woman's right to choose by way of media campaigns, voter registration initiatives, educational outreach to young adults, and endorsing pro- choice candidates for political office. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Choice USA Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by the organization in 2007.

Accruals

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2007

Creator

Title
Choice USA records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger.
Date
2009
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:20-04:00: 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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