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Abortion Collection, 1936-2005
7 boxes (3.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 428

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).

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to materials in the Abortion Collection is owned by the individuals and organizations that created them. 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. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Flyer for Abortion Action Week, May 1972

Flyer for Abortion Action Week, May 1972

The Abortion Collection is comprised of mostly published materials organized in six series: General, Legal status, Organizations, Countries, States and Opposition. Articles, pamphlets, newsletters, books, newspaper clippings, legislative records, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials document the efforts of both the pro-life and pro-choice movements from the 1930s to the present, although the bulk of the collection dates from the 1970s. The Legal status series documents specific court cases, with an emphasis on the Roe v. Wade case (1973), and includes court transcripts and audiotapes from the Supreme Court hearing. Organizations represented include the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the Women's National Abortion Action Coalition (WONAAC). There are also clippings and newsletters on abortion-related issues in countries other than the United States. The Opposition series includes memorabilia, printed material, books and videotapes related to the anti-abortion rights movement.


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.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to materials in the Abortion Collection is owned by the individuals and organizations that created them. 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. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" 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:

Abortion Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Alternative Formats Available

Original audiovisual recordings have been transferred to digital format for research use.

History of the Collection

Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern. Revised in 2015.


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
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. GENERAL



Abortion, Spontaneous and Induced: Medical and Social Aspects by Frederick Taussig,
1936

Box 1: folder 1
Abortion Surveillance: annual summary, Center for Disease Control,
1973-75

Box 1: folder 2
Abortion Trends newsletter,
1975-78

Box 1: folder 3
Bibliographies



General,
1971-95, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Abortion Bibliography for 1970 compiled by Mary K. Floyd,
1972

Box 1: folder 5
Buttons, cartoons, calendars, stickers, and miscellaneous memorabilia,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Clippings,
1964-77, n.d.

Box 1: folder 7-8
Demonstrations,
1972-75, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Doctors and medical students,
1973-95, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Documentary film trilogy, "From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court and Beyond": marketing, publicity, and resource guide,
1996

Box 1: folder 11
Fact Sheets,
1968-95, n.d.

Box 1: folder 12-13
International Inventory of Information on Induced Abortion, by Emily Campbell Moore-Cavar,
1973

Box 2: folder 1
Methods



General,
1967-73, n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Feminist self-help abortion,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Pamphlets and position papers



(Pre Roe v. Wade)
1964-72

Box 2: folder 4-5
1973-99, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Personal testimonies,
1974, 1978

Box 2: folder 7
Psychiatric implications,
1966, 1972

Box 2: folder 8
Religious opinions,
1970-82, n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Women of color,
1993, n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
SERIES II. LAW AND LEGISLATION



General,
1969-79, n.d.

Box 2: folder 11-12
Constitutional Aspects of the Right to Limit Childbearing: A Report of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,
1975

Box 3: folder 1
Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments of the Committee on the Judiciary , United States Senate: Abortion Part 1; S.J. Res. 119 and S.J. Res. 130,
1974

Box 3: folder 2
Massachusetts v. Brunelle: briefs,
1971

Box 3: folder 3-4
Supreme Court oral arguments (on cassette) and transcripts,
1973, n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
SERIES III. ORGANIZATIONS



Abortion Access Project: Increasing Access to Abortion Services organizing kit,
1996

Box 3: folder 6
Abortion Law Reform Association, London,
1979

Box 3: folder 7
Abortion Rights Coalition, Philadelphia,
1974

Box 3: folder 8
A.R.M. (Abortion Rights Movement of Women's Liberation), Washington, DC,
1979, n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Association for the Study of Abortion,
1966-76, n.d.

Box 3: folder 10
Boston Women's Abortion Coalition,
1971-73, n.d.

Box 3: folder 11
Catholics for a Free Choice,
1984-87, n.d.

Box 3: folder 12
Commission of Population Growth and the American Future,
1972

Box 3: folder 13
Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse (CARASA),
1979

Box 3: folder 14
Concerned Citizens for Choice on Abortion (CCCA),
1981

Box 4: folder 1
Feminist Organization for Communication, Action and Service (FOCAS),
1971, n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Gay Women for Abortion Law Repeal, Cambridge, MA,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Massachusetts Organization to Repeal Abortion Laws (MORAL),
1970-73, n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
National Abortion Rights Action League/National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL)


Box 4
General,
1971-80, n.d.

Box 4: folder 5-6
Newsletter,
1976-82

Box 4: folder 7-10
National Network of Abortion Funds and miscellaneous local funds,
1995, n.d.

Box 4: folder 11
National Organization for Women (NOW),
1969-98, n.d.

Box 4: folder 12
New Yorkers for Abortion Law Repeal,
1969

Box 4: folder 13
Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR)/Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice,
1978-96, n.d.

Box 4: folder 14
Society for Humane Abortion, Inc.,
1964-73, n.d.

Box 4: folder 15
Western Massachusetts Coalition for Reproductive Freedom,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 16
Women's National Abortion Action Campaign/Coalition (WONAAC),
1971-

Box 4: folder 17-18
Zero Population Growth: newsletter, National Reporter, Abortion issue,
Aug 1970

Box 4: folder 19
Miscellaneous,
1993-97, n.d.

Box 4: folder 20
SERIES IV. COUNTRIES



"Capacity Building for Advocacy on Expanding Abortion Policy and Access: Sharing National Experiences Between Countries from Diverse Regions," Phase 1: first international meeting of NGOs organized by The Women's Health Project, Johannesburg, South Africa, (aka The Johannesburg Initiative): information packet for participants,
circa 1999

Box 5: folder 1-2
Clippings,
1970-79

Box 5: folder 3
Sweden,
1964, 1972

Box 5: folder 4
United States



General,
1977-79, n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
A-Z,
1974-79, n.d.

Box 5: folder 6
California,
1967-79, n.d.

Box 5: folder 7
Connecticut,
1979, n.d.

Box 5: folder 8
Massachusetts,
1970-77, n.d.

Box 5: folder 9
Minnesota,
1978

Box 5: folder 10
New York,
1970-78, n.d.

Box 5: folder 11
Clippings


Box 5
General,
1970-72, n.d.

Box 5: folder 12
Massachusetts,
1970-72, n.d.

Box 5: folder 13
New York,
1970-72, n.d.

Box 5: folder 14
SERIES V. OPPOSITION



General,
1971-96, n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
Black Americans for Life,
1994-95, n.d.

Box 6: folder 2
Books



Alcorn, Randy. Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Arguments,
1992

Box 6
Brennan, William. The Abortion Holocaust: Today's Final Solution,
1983

Box 6
Crutcher, Mark, Lime 5: Exploited by Choice,
1996

Box 6
Sweet, Gail Grenier, ed., Pro-Life Feminism,
1985

Box 6
Wilkie, Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Abortion Questions and Answers,
1991

Box 6
Videotapes--VCR



A Doctor Explains the Abortion Procedure, Dr. Noreen Johnson,
1994

Box 6
Meet the Abortion Providers, Pro-Life Action League,
1989

Box 6
Project Truth, Project Truth, Inc.,
n.d.

Box 6
The Right Choice, Roman Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA,
1993

Box 6
The Silent Scream, American Portrait Films International,
1984

Box 6
A Window to the Womb, Sound Wave Images,
1991

Box 6
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



SERIES I. GENERAL: bumper stickers; sash from Pro-Choice Rally on the Mall, ; "Herstory of Abortion" by Colleen Wilson from unidentified publication,
5 Apr 1992 circa 1970

Box 7: folder 1
SERIES III. ORGANIZATIONS: Basic Quality of Live Issues, NARAL-Americans for Democratic Action Voting Chart for U.S. Senate, circa 1975; WONAAC Newsletter,
Mar 1972, 1 Apr 1972, 29 Jun 1972

Box 7: folder 2
SERIES V. OPPOSITION: bumper stickers


Box 7: folder 3
Posters, "Keep Abortion Legal" National Organization for Women, ; "The World's Abortion Laws 2005," Center for Reproductive Rights,
circa 1998 2005

Flat File

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Abortion--History--Sources
  • Abortion--Law and legislation--History--Sources
  • Abortion--Moral and ethical aspects--United States
  • Abortion--Political aspects--United States
  • National Abortion Rights Action League--History
  • Pro-choice movement--United States--History--Sources
  • Pro-life movement--United States--History--Sources
  • Roe, Jane, 1947---Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Women's National Abortion Action Coalition--History


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