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Alan Guttmacher Institute records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00720

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the administrative files, project record, and publications of the Alan Guttmacher Institute. Records include reports, research data, publications, project files, administrative and financial records, and some correspondence. Since the Guttmacher is an organization that researches and disseminates information on access to reproductive health services, the records especially document various research project and journals. They also include the papers of Jacqueline E. Darroch, Senior Fellow of the AGI and co-author of over 100 publications related to sexual and reproductive health since her involvement with the Institute in 1978. The collection also contains the papers of Christopher Tietze, physician and celebrated researcher of abortion and contraception.

Dates of Materials

  • 1960 - 2018

Creator

Language of Materials

English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use with following restrictions on access:

Electronic records from Accesion 2013-S-0076 (data was exported from the Communications Database) are closed as they contain personal information. Please contact special collections staff at specialcollections@smith.edu if you have questions about accessing this material.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that it owns copyright, the Alan Guttmacher Institute has assigned the copyright in its works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by AGI, 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

The Alan Guttmacher Insitute (AGI) is a research institution dedicated to the production and dissemination of sexual and reproductive health research. The AGI was founded in 1968 as the Center for Family Planning Program Development, a department of the Planned Parenthood Federation of American (PPFA). The Center had as its champion Alan F. Guttmacher, the prestigious obstetrician/gynecologist/educator who served as PPFA president for more than ten years until his death in 1974. By 1977, the Center was renamed the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) in Dr. Guttmacher's honor and incorporated as an independent non-profit organization with its own Board of Directors, distinct from PPFA. But its mission and goals remain the same since its founding. As stated on their Web site, "The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development. The Institute's overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide." To that end, AGI maintains an impressive Web site, making widely available the facts and figures of their quantitive and qualitative research published in a range of journals published in a range of journals as well as accessible summaries that highlight the findings of their extensive studies. [source: Guttmacher website]

Extent

29 linear feet (29 boxes)

Abstract

The Alan Guttmacher Institute is a birth control research and advocacy organization; fields of study include abortion, contraception, HIV and STI's, pregnancy and teenage sexual health research. As the Guttmacher Institute website states, 'Good reproductive health policy starts with credible research'; indeed, the Institute's records provide accurate and accessible research from a wide range of sexual and reproductive health fields. Records include reports, data, publications, administrative and financial records, some correspondence. They also include the papers of Jacqueline E. Darroch, Senior Fellow of the AGI and co-author of over 100 publications related to sexual and reproductive health since her involvement with the Institute in 1978. The collection also contains the papers of Christopher Tietze, physician and celebrated researcher of abortion and contraception. [NOTE: All contents list for this collection are not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.] [source: Guttmacher website]

Arrangement

This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Alan Guttmacher Institute began donating their records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2013. Periodic additions to the collection are expected.

Accruals

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

Related Materials

Associated materials can be found in the Joy Dryfoos Papers and in the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Records.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2014.

2018-S-0046 and 2018-S-0052 processed July and August 2018 respectively. Original organizational structure and folders were preserved; background information and inventories for each project were donated and have been used in the descriptions for each file. Original inventory sheets have been photocopied and added to the beginning of each section.

In 2019, the 2013 accession was described and container inventories were imported without reordering the folders.

Creator

Source

Title
Finding Aid to the Alan Guttmacher Institute records
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Ellen Brancart
Date
2019
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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:22-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018/08/10: This record was revised to reflect the addition of new materials.
  • 2018-12-04: Archived website and Youtube channel added
  • 2019-05-31: Added 2013 accession

Repository Details

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

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