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Abortion rights movement

 Subject
Subject Source: Local Ssc
Scope Note: Collections related to the abortion rights movement, including the records of abortion clinics and funds and the papers of abortion activists.

Found in 33 Collections and/or Records:

Abortion and Birth Control Committee records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00786
Abstract

The Abortion and Birth Control Committee was a pre-Roe v. Wade committee associated with Valley Women's Center in Western Massachusetts that attempted to connect people with reproductive health services when such services were difficult to obtain. The collection contains the newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, forms, and correspondence of the Committee.

Dates of Materials: 1969-1974

Abortion collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00428
Abstract

Primarily printed materials, plus legislative records, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials documenting the efforts of both the pro-life and pro-choice movements. The Legal status section documents specific court cases, with an emphasis on the Roe v. Wade case (1973). Organizations represented include the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the Women's National Abortion Action Coalition (WONAAC).

Dates of Materials: 1936-2005

Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00331
Abstract

The Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts is a volunteer group that generates donations from individuals and foundations to make loans to low-income women seeking abortions. The group also works to increase public awareness of curbs on freedom of choice. The papers include organization records, including financial material, conference materials, correspondence, fundraising material, publications, and other printed material.

Dates of Materials: 1986 - 2007

All Volunteer Escort Service for the Summit Women's Center records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00546
Abstract

Abortion rights advocacy group. Videotapes, photographs, and memorabilia documenting the anti-abortion protestors who formed around the Summit Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Also contains court documents pertaining to a federal suit filed against some protestors.

Dates of Materials: 1995-2002

Catholics for Choice records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00742
Abstract

Catholics for Choice (CFC) is an organization which seeks "to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman's moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health". The Catholics for Choice records are comprised of organizational records, including correspondence, reports, audiovisual materials, and articles that document the organization's mission and activities.

Dates of Materials: 1973 - 2014

Charon Asetoyer papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00677
Abstract Abortion rights advocate, women's health activist, indigenous rights activist. Papers document Asetoyer's professional and public life, focusing on her activism in indigenous rights, women's health, and reproductive justice issues on the local, national, and international level. Major topics include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; HIV/AIDS and Native Americans; economic development; health care for rural and underserved populations; links between the environment and health; and indigenous women's...
Dates of Materials: 1985-2008

Choice USA records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00575
Abstract 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...
Dates of Materials: 1980 - 2005

Do It Yourself Abortion, 1992

 File — Box 24: Series Accession 2009-S-0090 [Barcode: 310183630386836]
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Sophia Smith Collection zines collection consists of self-published small magazines (known as "zines") created primarily by women and girls who share a strong feminist perspective. Topics include "third wave" feminism, African American experiences around gender, lesbian relationships and erotica, and fat liberation.The collection is comprised primarily of individual issues, although there are longer runs for some titles and multiple titles for some authors....
Dates of Materials: 1992

Dorothy Kenyon papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00085
Abstract Lawyer, feminist, judge, and political activist. The Kenyon collection illuminates the continuity of social activism around such issues as race, class, poverty, and gender from the 1930s-60s. Topics reflected include worldwide suffrage; abortion rights; minority legal rights; the Equal Rights Amendment; and civil rights. Materials include writings, speeches, organizational records, photographs, memorabilia, and audio tapes of interviews and speeches. Significant correspondents include: Bella...
Dates of Materials: 1850 - 1998

Harriet F. Pilpel papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00311
Abstract Lawyer; birth control advocate; and abortion rights advocate. The Harriet F. Pilpel Papers are primarily related to her professional work with sexual and reproductive rights. The collection is essentially Pilpel's reference files, and is primarily composed of court documents from various legal cases on the state and federal level. The papers allow for a comprehensive, state-to-state comparison of a variety of sexual and reproductive laws, and provides a sense of the debates going on in...
Dates of Materials: 1913-1981

Jorge Villarreal papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00474
Abstract

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.

Dates of Materials: 1953-2002

Karen Stamm collection of Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse (CARASA) records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00811
Abstract

Administrative and program files of the Committee to End Sterilization Abuse (CESA) and, its successor, the Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse (CARASA). CESA was an organization whose mission s to reduce sterilization violations against women of color in poverty. It was later superseded by the CARASA, which widened the focus to include abortion rights and protections.

Dates of Materials: 1976 - 2010

Lawrence Lader papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00704
Abstract

Lawrence Lader (1919-2006) was a birth control and abortion-rights activist and author. Among many other actions, he co-founded NARAL Pro-Choice America with Betty Friedan and others, and was active in the lawsuits that made RU-486 legal in the United States in 2000. This collection documents his work as an author and activist for women's reproductive rights, including safe and legal abortion.

Dates of Materials: 1929 - 2006

Lori Hiris papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00593
Abstract

Filmmaker. The collection includes primarily film, videotapes, and audiotapes pertaining to the making of Lori Hiris' film, With a Vengeance: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom.

Dates of Materials: 1962-2001

Marcia Lawrence Planned Parenthood of New York City papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00779
Abstract

As Communications Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City from 1969 to 1993, Marcia Lawrence wrote and produced materials on abortion, birth control/family planning and women's right to choose. The records include booklets, ads (mostly NY Times), fundraising and policy papers, and a book manuscript.

Dates of Materials: 1966 - 1998

Marlene G. Fried papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00636
Abstract

The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Marlene Fried, author, reproductive rights activist, and founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts.

Dates of Materials: 1956-2008

Martha Scott papers regarding Jane: The Abortion Counseling Service

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00820
Abstract

Martha Scott was a member of the Abortion Counseling Service (Jane) and the Emma Goldman Women's Clinic from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The collection of instruments were regularly used for aspiration abortions by members of Jane in Chicago from 1969-1973.

Dates of Materials: 1969 - 1980

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00586
Abstract Advocacy group which focuses on the rights and needs of Asian and Pacific Islander American Women. Records include administrative files, correspondence, conference and retreat materials, reports, newsletters, articles, photos, videos, and research files. Major topics include women's rights, reproductive rights, women's health, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights, immigration reform, domestic violence, human trafficking, labor reform, economic justice, voter registration initiatives, and...
Dates of Materials: 1995 - 2019

National Network of Abortion Funds records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00542
Abstract Abortion rights advocacy group. The records document the organization's mission and work to increase access to abortion for low-income women and girls across the U.S. Their emergency contraception initiative is also well-documented. Types of materials include publicity; founding conference materials; Board of Directors' files; funding materials and other financial records. There are also documents generated by numerous other organizations are, e.g. Catholics For a Free Choice, People for the...
Dates of Materials: 1990 - 2017

National Women's Health Network records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00360
Abstract Non-profit women's health advocacy organization focusing on the diversity of women's experiences; advocating women's self-determination in all aspects of their reproductive and sexual health; establishing universal health care that meets the needs of diverse women; monitoring the actions of federal regulatory and funding agencies, industry, and health care professions; providing women with objective health information from a feminist viewpoint; and supporting grassroots action. The records...
Dates of Materials: 1963 - 2021

Nkenge Touré papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00563
Abstract Political activist; Health reformer; Feminist; Civil rights activist. The papers consist of extensive files pertaining to Nkenge Touré's activism in health reform and civil and political rights for African American women. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and the D.C. Rape Crisis Center are well-documented, as are many conferences and workshops in which Touré participated. Touré's international work in these fields is also represented, and there is a small amount of...
Dates of Materials: 1968-2014

Planned Parenthood Federation of America records group II (PPFA II)

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00371a
Abstract The records of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America provide substantial information about the history of the birth control and family planning movement nationally and internationally. They are a significant source of information on all aspects of the history of birth control and family planning, including women's health issues; sex education; women in poverty; international population planning and policy; and the legal, political and social aspects of contraception and abortion....
Dates of Materials: 1912 - 1998; Majority of material found within 1950 - 1980

Planned Parenthood Federation of America records group III (PPFA III)

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00371b
Abstract The records of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America provide substantial information about the history of the birth control and family planning movement nationally and internationally. They are a significant source of information on all aspects of the history of birth control and family planning, including women's health issues; sex education; women in poverty; international population planning and policy; and the legal, political and social aspects of contraception and abortion....
Dates of Materials: 1920 - 2018; Majority of material found within 1980 - 2010

Planned Parenthood Federation of America records (PPFA I)

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00371
Abstract The records of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America provide substantial information about the history of the birth control and family planning movement nationally and internationally. The records contain correspondence, memos, minutes, reports, publicity, publications, and congressional and legal materials. They document many aspects of the work of the PPFA and its predecessor organizations, advocacy, medical work, and the activities of its staff and affiliates. The PPFA Records are...
Dates of Materials: 1918 - 1974

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00359
Abstract Birth control advocacy organization. The records provide a unique source for the study of the establishment and development of an organization largely run by women. They document the half-century struggle to revoke the Massachusetts Comstock Laws through state initiative and referendum voting (1942, 1948) campaigns for the right to disseminate information on birth control. Also of interest are letters to and from Margaret Sanger, and from General Douglas MacArthur forbidding Sanger from...
Dates of Materials: 1859-2002; Majority of material found within 1916-1960

Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project oral histories

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00406
Abstract

Forty-one interviews (with complete transcripts) of individuals throughout the world who have made important contributions to the reproductive health movement since 1965. Includes reproductive health advocates, communication specialists, lawyers, managers, physicians, researchers, social workers and others. The series addresses the historical period 1965-2005.

Dates of Materials: 1971-2006

ProChoice Resource Center publications

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00470
Abstract

Abortion rights advocacy group. Collection consists primarily of newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and other publications by the ProChoice Resource Center, and annual reports.

Dates of Materials: 1991-2002

Saralee Hamilton papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00629
Abstract Feminist; Administrator; Reproductive rights advocate. Early records of the Reproductive Rights National Network, and materials documenting international women's rights organizing. Organizations and topics include the Reproductive Rights National Network, the Black Women's Health Project, Women's International Solidarity Affair in the Philippines (WISAP)/GABRIELA, MADRE, Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, sterilization abuse, reproductive rights advocacy and politics, lesbian...
Dates of Materials: 1911-2013; Majority of material found within 1972-2006

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00550
Abstract

Reproductive rights advocacy and healthcare reform organization. Conference materials, background information, and video recordings from the SisterSong National Membership Meetings.

Dates of Materials: 1994 - 2012

Training and Access Working Group records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00750
Abstract

Founded in 1995, TAWG (Training and Access Working Group) is a clearinghouse of more than two dozen local, state and national organizations working together to ensure the continued availability of well-trained abortion providers. The papers contain meeting agendas, minutes, participant lists, notes, correspondence, brochures and publications by others.

Dates of Materials: 1976 - 2005