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H MS c224

McLaughlin, Loretta. Research and Publication Records, 1944-1984, undated: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c224
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: McLaughlin, Loretta.
Title: Loretta McLaughlin Research and Publication Records, 1944-1984 (Inclusive), 1962-1967, 1979 (Bulk)
Date(s): 1944-1984 (Inclusive), 1962-1967, 1979 (Bulk)
Quantity: 6 cubic feet (4 record cartons, 1 document box, 1 half legal document box, and 1 oversized flat document box.)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Loretta McLaughlin Research and Publication Records, 1944-1984, undated, contains transcribed interviews, interviews on audiocassette tapes, published articles, correspondence, manuscript drafts, handwritten notes, and newsclippings, resulting from her research activities for her book on John Rock, The Pill, John Rock, and the Church: The Biography of a Revolution, published in 1982. The collection includes McLaughlin's research files on Catholic Church mores and policy in the 1960s, Rock's fertility research activities, and biographical information on Rock from colleagues, friends, and family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Loretta McLaughlin Research and Publication Records were donated to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine in 2004 by Mrs. Loretta McLaughlin.
  • Accession number 2005-006 from Loretta McLaughlin, August 2, 2004.
  • Processing Information:

    Processed by Margaret Whiteside in November 2006 under the direction of Jennifer Pelose.
    Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine refoldered, reboxed, and created a finding aid for the Loretta McLaughlin Research and Publication Records. Processing staff discarded duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Center for the History of Medicine.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    Access requires advance notice. Consult the Public Services Librarian for further information.
    The Loretta McLaughlin Research and Publication Records, 1944-1984, undated, are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact reference staff for more information concerning retrieval of material.

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Public Services Librarian. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Public Services Librarian are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright. Reference Services and Access Information.

    Preferred Citation:

    Loretta McLaughlin research and publication records, 1944-1984, undated. H MS c224. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

    Related collections in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine:

    Consult the Public Services Librarian for further information.

    Related Records at Other Institutions

    The Gregory Pincus Papers, 1920-1969 (bulk 1950-1967), can be found at the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.

    Biographical Note

    Loretta McLaughlin is a former Boston Globe journalist, editorial page editor, and medical news specialist. She is also a current senior fellow at the Harvard AIDS Institute. She has twice received editorial commendations by the New England Journal of Medicine and served on President William Clinton's health care reform panel. McLaughlin also served on the Radcliffe College Institute for Public Policy.

    Series and Subseries in the Collection

    Scope and Content

    The Loretta McLaughlin Research and Publication Records, 1944-1984, undated, are the product of McLaughlin's research activities and interviews conducted from 1978 to 1980, while writing her book The Pill, John Rock and the Church: The Biography of a Revolution. The collection also contains records chronicling the public and private reaction to the publication of the book in 1982.
    The bulk of the collection dates from 1962 to 1980, and consists of news clippings, published articles, transcribed interviews, notes from interviews, personal correspondence and recorded interviews on audiocassette tapes, recording McLaughlin's research into the fertility experiments and birth control developments of John Rock and his colleagues, and also the reaction of the Catholic Church to the release of the birth control pill. Several audiocassette interviews feature John Rock and his adult daughters, colleague Celso-Ramon Garcia, and longtime laboratory assistant Miriam Menkin. Topics such as global population control and overpopulation are addressed in news clippings in the collection, as well as published research into the medical complications of the Pill. Pope John Paul II's encyclical condemning Catholic use of the birth control pill is also included, as well as prominent Catholic personalities of the time's opposing viewpoints, including those of theologian Hans Kueng. The collection also contains a limited amount of Rock's personal correspondence, including a discussion between Rock and Playboy magazine regarding the publication of an article pertinent to Rock's research in the magazine. A limited amount of photographs of Rock are also available in the collection.
    The Loretta McLaughlin Research and Publication Records contain two series: Series I. Research Records, and Series II. Publication Records. Oversized items are housed in boxes 5, 6, and 7. Audiocassette tapes containing McLaughlin's recorded interviews are housed in box 8. Photographs and photographic negatives are housed in their appropriate places in the collection.

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    Additional Index Terms

    McLaughlin, Loretta.

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