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Edris Rice-Wray Oral History, Interviewed by Ellen Chesler and James Reed, 1987 March 14
1 boxes (.25 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00436

Abstract:
Two oral histories of birth control advocate and physician Edris Rice-Wray, who founded Mexico's first family planning clinic in Mexico City. Includes audio tapes and one draft transcript.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This oral history is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that she owned copyright, Ellen Chesler has dedicated copyright in her materials to the public domain. This agreement is governed by a CC0 (Creative Commons 1.0 Universal) public domain dedication. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Ellen Chesler, 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.

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Biographical / Historical

Birth control advocate; Physician. Edris Roushan Rice-Wray Carson, M.D. (birth date unknown) attended Cornell University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, and was a public health physician, primarily in Central America and Mexico. She was a faculty member of the Puerto Rico Medical School and medical director of the Puerto Rico Family Planning Association. She founded Mexico's first family planning clinic in Mexico City. In the late 1950s she headed the first, large scale, clinical trials of the birth control pill developed by Gregory Pincus and John Rock. She was the recipient of Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Margaret Sanger Award in 1978. She was of the Bahá'í faith. During the last days of her life, she lived in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, and died at her home on February 19, 1990 in San Andres Cholula, accompanied by her daughters and grandchildren, where her surviving family still live.

Scope and Contents

Two oral histories conducted by James Reed and Ellen Chesler in 1987 (audio recording and draft transcript, 69 pages).


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This oral history is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that she owned copyright, Ellen Chesler has dedicated copyright in her materials to the public domain. This agreement is governed by a CC0 (Creative Commons 1.0 Universal) public domain dedication. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Ellen Chesler, 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.

Preferred Citation

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Edris Rice-Wray Oral History, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Existence and Location of Copies

Original audio recordings have been copied to digital files for research use.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Subjects
  • Birth control--Mexico--History--Sources
  • Birth control--Puerto Rico--History--Sources
  • Chesler, Ellen
  • Maternal health services--Mexico--History--Sources
  • Reed, James
  • Reed, James Wesley, 1944-
  • Rice-Wray, Edris
  • Women physicians--United States--Biography--Sources

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Oral histories
  • Transcripts


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