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Women's Suburban Clinic records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SSC-MS-00685

Scope and Contents

The Women's Suburban Clinic Records include pamphlets, brochures, newspaper articles, as well as one slim folder of correspondence and anecdotal statements regarding the closing of the clinic. There are also a large number of photographs of both staff and protestors, audio recordings (2) of a 1995 interview with Sherley Young; and documentary film: "Casting the First Stone: Views from Both Sides of the Abortion War," (1991) which focuses on the WSC.

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

Dates of Materials

  • 1973-1995

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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works in this collection created by the Women's Suburban Clinic orgnization. Copyright to materials authored 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

Founded in 1973 by Sherley Hollos Young (Smith '61) who served as Executive Director until it closed in 1995 when the landlord refused to renew the lease, the Women's Suburban Clinic in Paoli, Pennsylvania, was, according to its first brochure, "a nonprofit, outpatient facility offering an alternative to unwanted pregnancy." By the 1990s, the Clinic was also offering educational programs and counseling services. Beginning in 1982, anti-abortion activists were a regular feature outside the Clinic and hundreds were arrested throughout the 1980s, including 596 members of Operation Rescue in 1988. Beyond the direct health services that the Women's Suburban Clinic provided, it was also instrumental in challenging Pennsylvania's strict abortion laws in a case that went all the way to the US Supreme Court in 1992 (Planned Parenthood of SE Pennsylvania v. Casey).

Extent

2 boxes (.75 linear feet)

Overview

Abortion rights advocacy and women's health care organization. Founded in 1973 in Paoli, Pennsylvania the clinic was a non-profit outpatient facility that offered educational programs, counseling and abortion services. Beginning in 1982, anti-abortion activists were a regular feature outside the Clinic. The records include a large number of photographs of both staff and protestors, audio recordings (2) of a 1995 interview with founder Sherley Young; and documentary film: Casting the First Stone: Views from Both Sides of the Abortion War, (1991) which focuses on the WSC. There are also pamphlets, brochures, newspaper articles, and correspondence.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed listing of what is included in this collection is available in this downloadable document: inventory to the Women's Suburban Clinic records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Women's Suburban Clinic Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Sherley Hollow Young in 2011.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, September 2011
Title
Women's Suburban Clinic records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:21-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
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Northampton MA 01063