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OH-1; T-25; M-138; A1-3

Family Planning Oral History Project. Family Planning Oral History Project Interviews, 1973-1977: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: OH-1; T-25; M-138; A1-3
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Family Planning Oral History Project
Title: Family Planning Oral History Project Interviews, 1973-1977
Date(s): 1973-1977
Quantity: 24 Volumes
Quantity: 121 audiotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Tapes and transcripts of 24 oral histories of the Family Planning Oral History Project, an oral history project of the Schlesinger Library, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of the Project, 1974-1977.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the interviews of Elizabeth Arnold, Frances Ferguson, Sadja Goldsmith, Estelle Griswold, Leonore Guttmacher, Patricia Therese Maginnis, Sarah Marcus, Lonny Myers, Lana Clarke Phelan, Grant Sanger, Adaline Pendleton Satterthwaite, Helen B. Taussig, Sarah Tietze, Christopher Tietze, Julia Tsuei, and Sarah Weddington is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in the interviews of Beatrice Blair, Mary Steichen Calderone, Loraine Leeson Campbell, Arlene Carmen, Florence Clothier, Constance Cook, Martha May Eliot, Louise Gilman Hutchins, and Emily Hartshorne Mudd may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Consult individual interviews for information concerning copying transcripts and audiotapes.

Existence and Location of Copies:

Oral history transcripts have been published on microfilm as Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. Series 3, Sexuality, Sex Education, and Reproductive Rights, by University Publications of America. Oral history transcripts are available on microfilm at the Schlesinger Library as M-138, reels A1-3. Copies of oral history transcripts are available through interlibrary loan.

Preferred Citation:

Family Planning Oral History Project. Interview name, date of interview. OH-1; T-25; M-138; A1-3. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Family Planning Oral History Project Records (MC 223).


From 1973 to 1977, the Schlesinger Library carried on an oral history project, funded by two two-year grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, on the role of women in the family planning movement. All but one of the interviewees were women, and many were physicians or nurses. The project concentrated first on the birth control movement and then on abortion law reform.


Collection contains tapes and transcripts of the 24 oral histories discussing family background, education, marriage, children and careers of the interviewees.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Abortion--Law and legislation--United States
Abortion--New York (State)
Abortion--Personal narratives
Abortion--United States
Abortion--Religious aspects
Birth control--Law and legislation--United States
Birth control--Puerto Rico
Birth control--United States
China--Social conditions
Children--Health and hygiene
Marriage counseling
Maternal and infant welfare
Medical statistics
New York (State)--Politics and government
Oral histories
Public health
Puerto Rico--Social conditions
Sex instruction
Social security--Law and legislation--United States
Taiwan--Social conditions
Teenage pregnancy
Volunteer workers in social service
Women in medicine
Women in public life
Women in science--United States
Women lawyers--United States
Women legislators--United States
Women physicians--China
Women physicians--Taiwan
Women physicians--United States
Women--Political activity
World War, 1939-1945--Children
Abbott, Grace, 1878-1939
Allen, Florence Ellinwood, 1884-1966
Appel, Kenneth E. (Kenneth Ellmaker), 1896-1979
American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
American Birth Control League
American Medical Association
Arnold, Elizabeth
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Association to Repeal Abortion Laws
Berea College
Blackmun, Harry A. (Harry Andrew), 1908-1999
Blair, Beatrice, 1929-1994
Blalock, Alfred, 1899-1964
Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965
Buxton, C. L. (Charles Lee), 1904-1969
Calderone, Mary Steichen, 1904-1998
Campbell, Loraine Leeson, 1905-1982
Canfield, Cass, 1897-1986
Carmen, Arlene
Chesler, Ellen, interviewer
Cheek, Jeannette Bailey, interviewer
Clergy Counseling Service (San Francisco, Calif.)
Clothier, Florence, 1903-1987
Cook, Constance, 1919-2009
Dickinson, Robert Latou, 1861-1950
Dunham, Ethel C. (Ethel Collins), 1883-1969
Eliot, Martha M. (Martha May), 1891-1978
Ferguson, Frances Hand, 1907-1995
Finkbine, Sherri
Friedan, Betty
Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.
Gamble, Clarence James, 1894-1966
Greenwood, Sadja, 1930-
Griswold, Estelle
Guttmacher, Alan F. (Alan Frank), 1898-1974
Guttmacher, Lenore
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961
Harvard School of Public Health
Hobby, Oveta Culp, 1905-1995
Hutchins, Louise Gilman, 1911-1996
International Planned Parenthood Federation
Janeway, Charles A., interviewer
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johnson, Virginia E.
Kinsey, Alfred C. (Alfred Charles), 1894-1956
Kleegman, Sophia J., 1892-1971
Lader, Lawrence
Laidlaw, Robert, 1901-1976
Lathrop, Julia Clifford, 1858-1932
Lenroot, Katharine F. (Katharine Fredrica), 1891-1982
Lord-Heinstein, Lucille
Mace, D. R. (David Robert)
Maginnis, Patricia Therese
Marcus, Sarah, 1894-1985
Margaret Sanger Clinic
Margaret Sanger Research Bureau
Marriage Council of Philadelphia
Masters, William H.
Maternal and Child Health Demonstration Project (Taipei, Taiwan)
Maternity Center Association (New York, N.Y.)
McCormick, Katherine Dexter, 1876-1967
Meyer, Adolf, 1866-1950
Moody, Howard, 1921-2012
Moore, Hugh
Moses, Bessie L., 1893-1965
Mothers' Health Office (Mass.)
Mountain Maternal Health League
Mudd, Emily Hartshorne
Mudd, Stuart, 1893-1975
Myers, Lonny
National Abortion Rights Action League
National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws (U.S.)
National Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion
National Committee on Maternal Health
New York Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion
Pennsylvania Abortion Law Commission
Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965
Phelan, Lana Clarke
Pilpel, Harriet F.
Pincus, Gregory, 1903-1967
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Population Council
Reed, James, 1944- interviewer
Rice-Wray, Edris
Rock, John Charles, 1890-1984
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979
Rublee, Juliet Barrett
Ryder Memorial Hospital (Humacao, Puerto Rico)
Sanger, Grant
Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966
Satterthwaite, Adaline Pendleton
Schmidt, William M., interviewer
Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S.
Society for Humane Abortion
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973
Stone, Abraham, 1890-1959
Stone, Hannah M. (Hannah Mayer), 1894-1941
Taussig, Helen B. (Helen Brooke), 1898-1986
Tietze, Christopher, 1908-1984
Tietze, Sarah Lewit
Tsuei, Julia
United States. Children's Bureau
United States. Supreme Court
University of Pennsylvania. School of Medicine
Vogt, William, 1902-1968
Wang, Sharon, 1950-
Weddington, Sarah Ragle
World Health Organization