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Choice USA Records, 1980s-2005 (ongoing)
4 boxes (4.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 575

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

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Choice USA was founded in 1992 by Gloria Steinem as Voters for Choice and serves to mobilize and provide ongoing support to the upcoming generation of leaders who promote and protect reproductive choice. The organization's first projects analyzed the activities of the religious right in elections and promoted electoral participation by women, young people, and people of color. In 1996, responding to signs that young people's support for reproductive choice had declined compared to previous generations and that young supporters of choice were disconnected from the pro-choice movement, Choice USA created the Next Generation Campaign which focused its work exclusively on teenagers and young people. National in scope, Choice USA's programs address the pressing need for pro-choice messages, programs, and strategies tailored to engage young people, whose experiences differ markedly (socially and politically) from the generation of reproductive rights activists who fought to see Roe v. Wade passed in 1973. In 2001, Choice USA laid the groundwork for transitioning to become an exclusively youth-led and youth-focused reproductive rights organization, creating programs that incorporate the lessons learned from research (and validated by field experience) to regain young people's support. Choice USA programs reach young people in every region of the country. Gloria Steinem currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors. Crystal Plati is Executive Director.

For more information, see Choice USA Web site.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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 political office.

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


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Choice USA Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Choice USA Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by the organization in 2007.

Accruals:

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

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2007


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English


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Subjects
  • Abortion -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Abortion -- Political aspects -- History -- Sources
  • Abortion -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Birth control -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Choice USA (Washington, D.C.) -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive health -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive rights -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Steinem, Gloria
  • Voters for Choice (Washington, D.C.) -- History -- Sources
  • Women in politics -- United States -- History -- Sources


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