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Joan Banks Dunlop papers, 1916-2012
10.125 linear feet (13 containers)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00707

Abstract:
The Joan Banks Dunlop collection documents the life and work of Dunlop, an activist and leader in women's rights and reproductive health. Especially well documented is the work Dunlop did with International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) and A Women's Lens on Global Issues.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Materials related to Joan Dunlop's divorce from Peter Dunlop and from Ed Deagle to be closed for 15 years (Jan. 1, 2028). Materials related to Adrienne Germain's departure from IWHC and Francoise Girard's appointment as President of IWHC to be closes for 20 years (Jan. 1, 2033).

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that she owns copyright, Joan Banks Dunlop has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Joan Banks Dunlop, 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 Note

Joan Marie Banks was born in London, England, the daughter of Sir Maurice and Anne Banks. Her mother was an American and when, as a young teenager, Dunlop visited the US, she then decided she wanted to live here. She applied and was accepted at Vassar College but her parents insisted that she attend a London secretarial school instead. After graduation, she worked for the BBC before emigrating to America in 1960.

After a brief stint at a Manhattan advertising agency, Dunlop went to work at the Ford Foundation (1960-1967) as an administrative assistant to the Director of Public Affairs, Paul Ylvisaker, at a time when the Public Affairs Programs would soon serve as the model for President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society/War on Poverty programs. In the late-1960s, she worked for the City of New York in the Mayor's Office of the Budget and at the Fund for the City of New York. During the 1970s, Dunlop worked as senior advisor to John D. Rockefeller, III, and provided administrative support to his organization, the Population Council where she worked to broaden the agency's research into gender roles and sexuality. According to her obituary in the New York Times (2012-07-01), "she introduced Mr. Rockefeller to feminist leaders, including Germaine Greer and Gloria Steinem."

In 1984, Dunlop became president of the organization which would become her life's work when she joined the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC). For the next fourteen years, she oversaw the tremendous growth of the IWHC as she secured its "reputation as an authoritative voice for women's perspectives in population policy."

When she left in 1998, Dunlop continued her work for women and reproductive rights around the world through an independent project, A Women's Lens on Global Issues. She carried on with her consulting work even after she began her third, and final, bout with breast cancer in 2006. Married and divorced twice, Joan Dunlop, according to the New York Times, "devoted herself to expanding women's rights to control their own bodies" (2012-07-01) and did so on a global scale.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Joan Banks Dunlop's personal and professional papers, including correspondence, reports, daybooks and monthly calendars, legal documents, diaries, and photographs (most unidentified). Especially well documented is Dunlop's work with the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) and A Women's Lens on Global Issues.

The collection has been arranged so that related materials are located in the same folders. Professional records from various organizations that Dunlop worked in are at the beginning of the collection, in roughly chronological order, and other professional and personal records follow.


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

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Materials related to Joan Dunlop's divorce from Peter Dunlop and from Ed Deagle to be closed for 15 years (Jan. 1, 2028). Materials related to Adrienne Germain's departure from IWHC and Francoise Girard's appointment as President of IWHC to be closes for 20 years (Jan. 1, 2033).

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that she owns copyright, Joan Banks Dunlop has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Joan Banks Dunlop, 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

Joan Banks Dunlop papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00707, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Materials were donated by Joann R. West on 2012-12-10.

Processing Information

The collection came to the Smith College Special Collections in disarray. While there had been a filing system created by Dunlop, after her death many of the folders had been emptied and rearranged. By the time it came to the SCSC, it was unclear what the original system had been or what material belonged in which folder.

In 2019, a team of processors (Madison White, Scott Biddle, and two student workers, Isabel Montesanto and Sky Karp) began to rearrange the collection. Folders that were still intact were maintained, but all other material was rearranged into organizations or categories of material. Organizations were put into chronological order. Medical, financial, and other restricted material was removed. Restricted material that will be opened in future was placed in its own boxes.

Appraisal

In 2019, approximately 5 record boxes of materials were removed from the collection. Of these, 4 record boxes contained Dunlop's personal financial and medical information, which was destroyed per the donor agreement. 1 record carton of materials was also destroyed that related to the Flora Murphy case (2002-2003) in which a woman going through a nasty divorce was charged with child abuse for not intervening when her teenage son sexually assaulted his younger sister. Donor decided to destroy this material, since many records contained records of a sexual assault on a minor, including the police report. The Flora Murphy material was in the collection because Dunlop and two other women came to the aid of Murphy, emotionally, legally and financially, and Dunlop created the Flora Murphy Fund to support Murphy through the trial. A small amount of duplicates were also removed from the collection and discarded.


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
Related Materials

Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project and Adrienne Germain papers


Contents List
Rockefeller Foundation- Abortion
1972-1985

Box 1
Rockefeller Foundation- Candidates for Population Council
1975

Box 1
Rockefeller Foundation- Career Development
1980

Box 1
Rockefeller Foundation- Correspondence
1973-1979

Box 1
Rockefeller Foundation- Issues and Opportunities
1976-1978

Box 1
Rockefeller Foundation- Project on Human Sexual Development
1973-1977

Box 1
Rockefeller Foundation- "Whither Women and Development" Report
1981

Box 1
Rockefeller Foundation- Writings and Interesting Articles
1964-1975

Box 1
Ford Foundation
1980-2002

Box 1
New York Public Library
1982-1984

Box 1
New York Public Library - Joan Dunlop acceptance
1981

Box 9
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)- Appointment
1984

Box 1
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)- General
1984-1998

Box 1 Box 2
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)- General
2008-2011

Box 2
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)- Evaluation - Jennifer Dowley
2005

Box 9
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)- Evaluation - Germain
1985

Box 9
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)- Transition- Germain
2010-2011

Box 11 Box 12
Restrictions on access:

Materials related to Adrienne Germain leaving the IWHC and Françoise Girard's appointment are closed until 2033.

These materials are related to Adrienne Germain's leaving IWHC, including correspondence, meeting minutes, and legal documents.

International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)- Transition- Girard
2011-2012

Box 11
Restrictions on access:

Materials related to Adrienne Germain leaving the IWHC and Françoise Girard's appointment are closed until 2033.

These materials are related to Françoise Girard's appointment to the President of the IWHC, including correspondence, meeting minutes, and interview notes.

Open Society Institute - Executive Director search
2012

Box 9
Foundation for Community Health - Evaluation - Georgina Lucas (from Smith College SSW)
2003

Box 9
Foundation for Community Health - CEO evaluations and personnel issues
2006-2009

Box 9
Research - "The Exchange Report: Women in the Third World"
1989

Box 13
Correspondence- Joan and Arthur
2008

Box 6
Correspondence- Yannick Banks
2009-2012

Box 6
Correspondence- Rob's Wedding
2004

Box 6
Correspondence- From Ruth Hall Banks to Sister Mabel
1939-1940

Box 6
Personal- Ed Deagle and Hughes Aircraft
1987-1989

Box 6
Photos
1982-1999

Box 6
Photos- Joan Dunlop


Box 6
Photos- Joan Dunlop by Penelope West


Box 6
Photos- Ed Deagle


Box 6
Photos- Joan Dunlop and Rachel Kyte Office Farewell Party


Box 6
Photos- Joan Dunlop and Carrot (Cat)


Box 6
Calendars
1979-2012

Box 8 Box 9
Calendars
1987-2010

Box 13
Memoir - "Making Sense of It All"
2007-2011

Box 9
Oral History - Smith College
2003-2012

Box 9
Poetry
no date

Box 9
Resumes, Bios, and Job Search Materials
1984-1991

Box 10
Divorce
1972-1992

Box 12
Restrictions on access:

Materials related to Joan Dunlop's divorces restricted until 2028.

This material largely includes correspondence related to Joan Dunlop's divorces from Ed Deagle and Peter Dunlop.

Diploma - Hamilton College
1995

Box 13

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Birth control -- Developing countries -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Birth control -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Dunlop, Joan Banks
  • Dunlop, Joan Banks
  • International Women's Health Coalition
  • Rockefeller, John D., 1906-1978
  • Women's health services -- International

Genre terms
  • Address books
  • Agendas
  • Annual reports
  • Appointment books
  • Business cards
  • Calendars
  • Court cases
  • Electronic mail
  • Financial records
  • Galley proofs
  • Greeting cards
  • Invoices
  • Legal files
  • Medical records
  • Negatives
  • Notes
  • Oral histories
  • Proceedings
  • Programs
  • Proposals
  • Research
  • Resumes
  • Speeches
  • articles
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • notebooks
  • photographs
  • reports


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