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Ethical Issues in Human Reproductive Technology: Analysis by Women Workshop Records, 1975-1982
5 boxes ( 2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: DF3.S9

Abstract:
This workshop, held at Hampshire College on June 24-29, 1979, was the first conference on reproductive technology to focus on women's perceptions of the ethical issues involved. The file, kept by principal investigator Helen B. Holmes, includes material on grant proposals and planning, the conference itself, two books which were later published of the conference proceedings, and reaction to the conference and the books.
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Historical Note

This workshop (known by the acronym EIRTAW), held at Hampshire College on June 24-29, 1979, was the first conference on reproductive technology to focus on women's perceptions of the ethical issues involved. It was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the EVIST (Ethical Issues in Science and Technology) program. Many of the NSF evaluators of the proposal and the program (the majority were male) doubted the legitimacy of this focus on women's opinions, as documented in the file. The principal investigator and co-director of the workshop was Helen B. Holmes, who was on the faculty of Russell Sage College at the time of the proposal. The workshop brought together invited participants from many fields. The proceedings of the workshop were published in two volumes, Birth Control and Controlling Birth (Humana Press, 1980) and The Custom-Made Child? (Humana Press, 1981), which are present in the collection. A follow-up symposium was held in January 1980 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The files consist of grant proposals, correspondence and working files for the workshop, transcripts and edited versions of the papers presented, correspondence relating to the published proceedings, cassette tapes of the workshop, and material relating to the AAAS symposium. The meticulous arrangement of the files was maintained during processing, including the section headings indicated in capital letters in the Contents List. The sections are in chronological order, further divided by subject or correspondent in alphabetical order.


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Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Ethical Issues in Human Reproductive Technology: Analysis by Women Workshop. Records, 1975-1982. Archives, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002.

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

The files were kept by the principal investigator, Helen B. Holmes, until they were donated to Hampshire College in February 2004.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Jimi Jones
Hampshire College Image, Sound and Text Archives
Johnson Library Center
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002

Phone: (413) 559-5761
Fax: (413) 559-5419

Email: jljones@hampshire.edu
URL: http://www.hampshire.edu/library/index_archives.htm
Language
English.

Contents List
PRE-PROPOSAL


Box 1
Hastings Center Workshop, 1975 (inspiring the grant proposal)


Box 1
Callahan, Daniel. Correspondence, 1975-77


Box 1
Responses to Aug. 1975 notice in Hastings Center Report


Box 1
Early grant assistance and professional associations


Box 1
PROPOSAL


Box 1
Preliminary proposal, Sept. 1977


Box 1
Proposal rejected, Apr. 1978


Box 1
Proposal, Aug. 1978, accepted


Box 1
Budget revisions, 1978


Box 1
Blanpied, William (NSF grant assistance)


Box 1
Kutter, Elizabeth (NSF rep and active discussant)


Box 1
Hastings Center consultation, Jan. 8, 1979


Box 1
Quarterly Reports, First (Mar. 1, 1979) through Sixth (May 30, 1980)


Box 1
Final Grant Report, Mar. 31, 1981


Box 1
Ford Foundation


Box 1
ADVISORY COMMITTEE


Box 1
Advisory committee, 1978-79


Box 1
Cassidy, Marie M.


Box 1
Gross, Michael


Box 1
Hoskins, Betty


Box 1
Major, Gerene


Box 1
Ramaley, Judith (co-director)


Box 1
Raymond, Janice (co-director)


Box 1
Swenson, Norma


Box 1
Whitbeck, Caroline


Box 1
PARTICIPANTS


Box 1
Participants - Recruitment


Box 1
Participants - Biographies and analysis


Box 1
Participants - Mailings and payroll


Box 2
Participants, A-W (Correspondence with individuals)


Box 2
Observers


Box 2
Rejected


Box 2
PROGRAM


Box 2
Program


Box 2
Childbirth


Box 2
Contraceptives


Box 2
Depo-provera and sterilization abuse


Box 2
DES (diethylstilbesterol)


Box 3
Manipulative reproductive technologies


Box 3
Neonate


Box 3
Policy-making and projections


Box 3
Prenatal diagnosis


Box 3
Sex preselection


Box 3
Resolutions, June 29, 1979


Box 3
Conference notebook for participants


Box 3
WORKSHOP AS EVENT


Box 3
Budget


Box 3
Conference arrangements, Hampshire College


Box 3
Goals


Box 3
Photographs


Box 3
Press clippings


Box 3
Press releases


Box 3
EVALUATORS


Box 4
Evaluation committee and Report, 1979-80


Box 4
Individual evaluators - correspondence


Box 4
AAAS


Box 4
AAAS Symposium, 1980 and book rejection


Box 4
BOOKS


Box 4
Publications subcommittee


Box 4
Publishers rejections and offers rejected


Box 4
Humana Press - contract and correspondence


Box 4
NSF permission to publish


Box 4
Editing


Box 4
Marketing


Box 4
Reviews


Box 4
Testimonial requests


Box 4
Birth Control and Controlling Birth: Women-Centered Perspectives. Ed. by Helen B. Holmes, Betty B. Hoskins and Michael Gross. Clifton, NJ: Humana Press, 1980


Box 4
The Custom-Made Child?: Women-Centered Perspectives. Ed. by Helen B. Holmes, Betty B. Hoskins and Michael Gross. Clifton, NJ: Humana Press, 1981.


Box 4
Index to EIRTAW cassette tapes


Box 5
Audiocassette tapes of EIRTAW Workshop proceedings. 24 cassettes


Box 5
Published cassettes of AAAS Symposium: Human Reproduction Technology Ethics, Jan. 3-8, 1980. 2 cassettes


Box 5
T-Shirt for EIRTAW


Box 5

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Subjects
  • Holmes, Helen B.
  • Human reproductive technology--Moral and ethical aspects.


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