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Alan Guttmacher Institute Records, 1960-2013 (ongoing)
20 boxes (20 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 720

Abstract:
Birth control advocacy organization; Birth control research organization. Records include reports, data, publications, administrative and financial records, some correspondence. They document especially well the efforts of a fact-finding organization determined to disseminate as widely as possible the data it collects so as to help shape policy to increase access to reproductive health services, and to "to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide." [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 with the following caveats:

  • Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works created by the Alan Guttmacher Institute in this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Founded in 1968 and first known as the Center for Family Planning Program Development, the organization was initially part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (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 they so carefully collect. [source: Guttmacher website]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Records include reports, data, publications, administrative and financial records, some correspondence. They document especially well the efforts of a fact-finding organization determined to disseminate as widely as possible the data it collects so as to help shape policy to increase access to reproductive health services, and to "ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide."

[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 with the following caveats:

  • Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works created by the Alan Guttmacher Institute in this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

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

Alan Guttmacher Institute Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

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.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2014


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, Spanish, Portuguese


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Abortion -- History -- Sources
  • Birth control -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Birth control -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Birth control -- Research -- History -- Sources
  • Center for Family Planning Program Development -- History -- Sources
  • Dryfoos, Joy G.
  • Guttmacher, Alan Frank, 1898-1974
  • Jaffee, Frederick S.
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive rights -- History -- Sources


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