MC 696; T-397; Vt-202
Jefferson, Mildred. Papers of Mildred Jefferson, 1947-2010: 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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Processing of this collection was made possible by the supporters of the Schlesinger
Library to the Maximum Access Fund.
Call No.: MC 696; T-397; Vt-202
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mildred Jefferson
Title: Papers of Mildred Jefferson, 1947-2010
Quantity: 10.09 linear feet (22 file boxes, 1 folio + box) plus 3 folio+ folders, 1 supersize folder, 4 photograph
folders, 1 slide, 17 audiotapes, 20 videotapes, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Biographical and personal material; organizational files; campaign records; speeches;
conference and membership materials; writings; photographs; memorabilia; and audiovisual
material of Mildred Jefferson, surgeon and nationally recognized spokesperson of the
Accession number: 2011-M12
The Mildred Jefferson papers were purchased from her estate in January 2011.
Processed: April 2012
By: Emilyn Brown, with assistance from Camille Torres.
Access. Access is unrestricted with the exception of the following folders: (#5.13),
which is closed until January 1, 2058; (#F+D.2), closed until January 1, 2049; (#8.3),
closed until January 1, 2029; and (#9.12-10.1), closed until January 1, 2060. An appointment
is required for access to audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mildred Jefferson is held by the President
and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers
in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Mildred Jefferson Papers, 1947-2010; item description, dates. MC 696, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Donors: The family of Mildred Jefferson
Accession number: 2011-M12
Processed by: Emilyn Brown
Newsletters for which 3 or fewer issues existed were added to the Pro-life movement
newsletter and periodical collection (Pr-16).
Surgeon and right-to-life activist Mildred Fay Jefferson was born in Pittsburgh, Texas,
in 1927. The only child of Gurthie Lee Roberts Jefferson, a public school teacher,
and Millard Jefferson, a military chaplain and Methodist minister, Jefferson attended
local schools and graduated summa cum laude from Texas College in Tyler, Texas, in
1945. Her family subsequently relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned
a master's degree from Tufts University (1947).
With the assistance of a scholarship, Jefferson pursued a medical career. In 1951,
she became the first African American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School,
and the first woman to intern at Boston City Hospital. During her post-graduate training
Jefferson worked as an assistant physician in cancer chemotherapy at the Children's
Hospital Medical Center in Boston, in the postgraduate department of surgery at Massachusetts
General Hospital, and at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire.
She was the first woman employed as a surgeon at Boston University Medical Center,
where she also served as assistant clinical professor of surgery at the university's
medical school. A diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, Jefferson was the first
woman elected to membership in the Boston Surgical Society, and served as general
councillor for the State Club in Boston, a consulting member of the Suffolk District
Medical Societies, and member of the House of Delegates of the Massachusetts Medical
In 1955, Jefferson purchased a two-family home in Roxbury for her parents. She traveled
throughout Europe in 1960, and a year later married Shane Cunningham, a former United
States Navy lieutenant, who later became a Boston realtor. The marriage ended in 1978;
the couple had no children. Her mother died that same year.
Jefferson's involvement in the "right-to-life" movement began in July 1970 when Dr.
Barbara Rockett asked her to sign a petition initiated by physicians who objected
to an American Medical Association resolution deferring to state laws on the issue
of abortion. When their efforts failed, Jefferson joined Drs. Rockett, Joseph Stanton,
and William Lynch, and other individuals representing the fields of law, education,
religion and business, to organize the Value of Life Committee (VOLCOM), a non-denominational,
grass-roots organization. Jefferson helped form and served on VOLCOM's board of governors.
Their activities raised public awareness and signaled the beginning of the right-to-life
movement in Massachusetts. In 1972, she and other VOLCOM members left to form Massachusetts
Citizens for Life (MCFL), which was incorporated in 1973, four days after the Roe v. Wade decision. As vice-president and board member, Jefferson played an instrumental role
in developing MCFL's strategies to counteract the growing impact of the abortion rights
("pro-choice") movement, which included comprehensive education and legislative, political,
and charitable activities. Their efforts also included the founding of the National
Right to Life Committee, Inc. (NRTLC), a charitable and educational federation comprising
50 state anti-abortion groups and more than 3000 local chapters. MCFL was formally
recognized as a NRTLC state affiliate at its first national convention in June 1973.
Jefferson later became chair of the NRTLC board and served three consecutive terms
as its president (1975-1978). In 1978, she left the NRTLC to become president of the
Right to Life Crusade, Inc. She continued to serve as a delegate to NRTLC (1999-2004),
its director-at-large (2000), and member of its executive committee (1999-2004). She
also remained active on the board of MCFL and several allied groups, including Americans
United for Life Legal Defense Fund, the American Life League, and Black Americans
for Life. In 2007 Jefferson resumed her work with MCFL as its president-elect.
Jefferson's experience and long-term interests in medical jurisprudence, medical ethics,
and the relationship between medicine and law helped redefine and expand the right-to-life
movement. In addition to anti-abortion activities, right-to-life groups organized
protests against euthanasia, infanticide, human cloning, and embryonic stem cell research.
Jefferson also organized and chaired several local and national citizen action groups,
including the Ad Hoc Citizens Select Committee on Public Health Oversight, which focused
on national health issues. She appeared as an expert witness at several key trials,
and provided testimony at congressional, state legislative, and municipal hearings.
In addition to serving as a board member, trustee, and advisor for numerous academic
institutions, Jefferson participated in several national policy-making organizations,
including Citizens for America, organized by former President Ronald Reagan.
Jefferson's commitment to the right-to-life movement also led her to become a political
activist in the Republican Party. A self-described "Lincoln Republican," she campaigned
for pro-life candidates at local, state, and national levels. In 1982 she left the
field of medicine to launch the first of two campaigns to represent Massachusetts
in the U.S. Senate. Competing for the nomination against fellow Republican Ray Shamie
for the seat held by Edward M. Kennedy, Jefferson's election committee and numerous
supporters collected only one-third of the 10,000 required signatures. Jefferson cited
her lack of financial resources as a factor, but filed the signatures as a symbolic
protest and called for an investigation into the handling of the petitions. In 1984
Jefferson again campaigned for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate (the seat
vacated by Paul Tsongas) and collected less than 100 signatures. She blamed her Republican
opponents Elliot Richardson and Ray Shamie for her failed campaign and unsuccessfully
sought legal remedy through the courts. In 1986, Jefferson announced her candidacy
for the Republican nomination to fill the Eighth Congressional District seat vacated
by House speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill but was again unsuccessful. In addition to her
political campaigns, Jefferson served as delegate-at-large at the Massachusetts GOP
State Convention (1986), delegate from the Eighth Congressional District to the GOP
National Convention for the Bush campaign (1992), and had her name placed in nomination
at several Republican conventions (1982, 1990, 1994).
Throughout her long career, Jefferson remained a highly popular speaker and gave countless
talks at academic institutions, conventions, political rallies, and other events in
the United States, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. She was featured in numerous
articles and interviews, and appeared on local and national television and radio programs,
including Good Morning America, Nightline, Sixty Minutes, and the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. Jefferson received many awards for her efforts, including 28 honorary degrees from
American colleges and universities, the Father Flanagan Award of Boys Town (1978),
and the Lantern Award for Patriotism from the State Council of Massachusetts Knights
of Columbus (1979). Mildred Fay Jefferson died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October
For additional biographical information, see Jennifer Donnally's interview with Jefferson
in the Schlesinger Library.
The collection is arranged in six series:
- Series I. Biographical and personal, 1947-2010, n.d. (#1.1-5.1, F+D.1)
- Series II. Right-to-life organizations, 1972-2010, n.d. (#5.2-16.3, F+D.1-F+D.2)
- ___Subseries A. Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc., 1972-2010, n.d. (#5.2-7.6,
- ___Subseries B. National Right to Life Committee, 1975-2010, n.d. (#7.7-9.4)
- ___Subseries C. Right to Life Crusade, Inc., 1978-2010, n.d. (#9.5-12.3, SD.1)
- ___Subseries D. Allied organizations, 1973-2009, n.d. (#12.4-16.3)
- Series III. Other professional activities, 1952-2009, n.d. (#16.4-18.3)
- Series IV. Political campaigns and related, 1977-2009, n.d.(#18.4-21.9, 23FB.1m, SD.1)
- Series V. Publicity and publications, 1955-2008 (#21.10-22.13, F+D.1, F+D.3, SD.1)
- Series VI. Photographs and audiovisual, ca.1950-2007, n.d. (#PD.1-PD.5sl, #T-397.1
- T-397.17, Vt-202.1 - Vt-202.20)
- ___Subseries A. Photographs, ca.1950-2007, n.d. (#PD.1-PD.5sl)
- ___Subseries B. Audiotapes, 1976-1992, n.d. (#T-397.1 - T-397.17)
- ___Subseries C. Videotapes, 1982-2007 (#Vt-202.1 - Vt-202.20)
The papers of Mildred Jefferson include some biographical materials and family and
personal correspondence that provide insight into her early academic accomplishments
and broad social network; the bulk represents her work within the right-to-life movement.
There are also substantial papers related to her political campaigns for the U.S.
Senate (1982, 1984) and U.S. House of Representatives (1986); papers related to later
campaigns are scattered and incomplete. There are relatively few records associated
with her medical practice and teaching position at Boston University Medical Center,
but some papers highlight her professional activities as a medical consultant, board
member, and trustee within various academic institutions and national policy-making
organizations. There are also some papers related to her participation in and development
of small businesses, but these records are scattered and incomplete. The collection
was packed up on-site after Jefferson's death; there was no original filing system.
Clippings, some of which were annotated, have been organized with related series.
Folder headings and arrangement were created by the archivist. The web sites of the
National Right to Life Committee and Massachusetts Citizens for Life, with which Dr.
Jefferson was affiliated, are being captured periodically as part of Harvard University
Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX).
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1947-2010, n.d. (#1.1-5.1, F+D.1), includes alumni
material from Texas College and Harvard University Medical School; awards and certificates;
appointment books, calendars and planners; curricula vitae; financial records; and
legal files. Items of special interest include clippings of Jefferson's graduation
from Harvard, and a travel diary describing her impressions of Europe. Folders are
Family and personal correspondence mainly consist of incoming letters, some of which
were annotated by Jefferson. There are a relatively small number of her copied responses.
Family letters include clippings; invitations; greeting cards; uncataloged photographs;
and newsletters containing announcements of births and deaths, events, and accomplishments.
Personal correspondence also includes clippings, greeting cards, and uncataloged photographs.
Included are letters from her husband, Shane A. Cunningham, which appear first, followed
by the remaining folders arranged chronologically.
Series II, RIGHT-TO-LIFE ORGANIZATIONS, 1972-2010, n.d. (#5.2-16.3, F+D.1-F+D.2, E.1),
highlights Jefferson's leadership role within three major organizations, their interrelated
activities, and relationships with allied organizations. The records are organized
in four subseries.
Subseries A, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc., 1972-2010, n.d. (#5.2-7.6, F+D.1-F+D.2,
E.1), includes by-laws and board-related correspondence, minutes, organizational profiles,
and financial records; clippings and press releases publicizing MCFL activities; flyers
and announcements for conferences, programs, and other events; financial records;
legal files; material related to local chapter development; and promotional material
used for fundraising, including posters, memorabilia and audiovisual materials. Items
of special interest include Jefferson's work with teens through the Massachusetts
State National Right to Life Committee Oratory Contest. Donor records are restricted
until January 1, 2058. Newsletters were transferred to the periodicals collection;
consult the Library's catalog for holdings. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Subseries B, National Right to Life Committee, 1975-2010, n.d. (#7.7-9.4), includes
board-related correspondence, minutes and financial records; clippings and press releases
publicizing NRTLC activities; educational materials; and promotional materials used
for fundraising. Also included are reports on health care reform, legislative research
related to the partial abortion ban, and other right-to-life issues. Donor records
are restricted until January 1, 2029. Newsletters were transferred to the periodicals
collection; consult the Library's catalog for holdings. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Subseries C, Right to Life Crusade, Inc., 1978-2010, n.d. (#9.5-12.3, SD.1), includes
records of an organization founded by Jefferson, who also served as president (1978-2007).
Included are articles of incorporation and other board-related materials; administrative
records associated with staff and volunteer work; clippings; financial records that
include organizational expenses such as training, consultant fees, conferences, and
travel expenses; fundraising material used for general and major gift campaigns; legislation
research of right-to-life issues; signage; and notebooks used as telephone logs. Donor
records are restricted until January 1, 2060. Newsletters were transferred to the
periodicals collection; consult the Library's catalog for holdings. Folders are arranged
Subseries D, Allied organizations, 1973-2009, n.d. (#12.4-16.3), includes by-laws;
articles of incorporation and board-related material; brochures, fact sheets, and
flyers; correspondence; financial records; press releases, conference ephemera; legislative
alerts; clippings and audiovisual materials. Newsletters were transferred to the periodicals
collection; consult the Library's catalog for holdings. Folders are organized alphabetically
by group name. Organizations represented by few documents are filed under subject
Series III, OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, 1952-2009, n.d. (#16.4-18.3), includes
board-related correspondence from various academic institutions and national policy-making
organizations; financial records associated with Jefferson's medical practice; legal
files; papers related to her membership in various medical societies; reports; clippings;
and press releases. Also included are a few legal and financial records, and correspondence,
associated with Centurion International and Joseph Schneider Associates where Jefferson
worked as director of public relations and shared financial responsibilities for office
space. Items of special interest include correspondence documenting the challenges
Jefferson faced in her medical career, her role as an expert witness in the trial
of Dr. Kenneth Edelin for manslaughter in terminating a pregnancy (1975), and her
work with the Ad Hoc Citizens Select Committee on Public Health Oversight. Folders
are arranged alphabetically by activity followed by an alphabetical listing of organizations
with which she was affiliated.
Series IV, POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND RELATED, 1977-2009, n.d. (#18.4-21.9, 23FB.1m,
SD.1), includes campaign election guides, literature, memorabilia, signs, and speeches.
Related speeches are included in Series VI (Photographs and Audiovisual). Also included
are clippings and interviews; conference ephemera; correspondence; flyers and programs
associated with forums, roundtables, and debates; candidate surveys; nominating forms;
reports; newsletters providing political analysis; related research; statements of
candidacy and other records associated with Jefferson's campaign committees (Friends
of Dr. Jefferson and Jefferson for Congress). Items of special interest include the
Conservative Youth Training Institute organized by Jefferson to ensure student participation
in the electoral process and legal files countering challenges to her candidacy. Folders
are arranged alphabetically.
Series V, PUBLICITY AND PUBLICATIONS, 1955-2008 (#21.10-22.13, F+D.1, F+D.3), includes
Jefferson's published articles, guest editorials, op-ed and opinion pieces published
in local newspapers, medical journals, and the newsletters of allied organizations;
correspondence, speeches, program flyers, posters, financial records and clippings
associated with Jefferson's numerous speaking engagements; unpublished writings that
include drafts and published copies of her "Lifelines" columns, articles, and essays,
which appeared in Massachusetts Citizens for Life News, National Right to Life News, and the International Life Times, a newspaper jointly published by International Respect for Life Communications Center
and Jefferson during her presidency of the Right to Life Crusade, Inc. Items of special
note include "Dissonance," a published letter to the editor in which Jefferson describes
her treatment at Harvard Medical School; a keynote speech to black conservatives in
Houston, Texas; and published defense of Clarence Thomas during his nomination hearings
for the Supreme Court. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Series VI, PHOTOGRAPHS AND AUDIOVISUAL, ca.1950-2007, n.d. (#PD.1-PD.5sl, #T-397.1
- T-397.17, Vt-202.1 - Vt-202.20), includes photographs, audio- and videotapes documenting
Jefferson's appearances at political rallies, social events, and local and national
radio and television programs. The material is organized in three subseries.
Subseries A, Photographs, ca.1950-2007, n.d. (PD.1-PD.5sl) includes publicity photographs;
Jefferson receiving honorary degrees and awards from various academic institutions
and at public events; and attending political rallies and social events. Folders are
arranged chronologically. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be
cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others,
referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest
to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany;
they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
Subseries B, Audiotapes, 1976-1992, n.d. (#T-397.1 - T-397.17), mainly documents Jefferson's
appearances as a guest or host of regularly scheduled programs unless specified otherwise.
Included is Jefferson's address at the National Right to Life Conference in 1976;
guest lectures on various radio programs, including Healthfully Yours; pro-life songs, and an interview related to her campaign for the 8th Congressional
District in 1986. The material is arranged chronologically.
Subseries C, Videotapes, 1982-2007 (#Vt-202.1 - Vt-202.20), mainly documents Jefferson's
appearances as a guest or host of regularly scheduled programs unless specified otherwise.
The videos include Life Matters, Jefferson's senatorial campaign speeches; and Ocean State Chronicle, a public affairs program produced and hosted by Jefferson in 1998. The material
is arranged chronologically.
- Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1947-2010, n.d. (#1.1-5.1, F+D.1)
- 1.1. Awards. Knights of Columbus, 1979-2007; includes newsletter featuring Jefferson, programs
- 1.2. Awards: 1977-2007; includes Allentown College (1977), National Association for Equal
Opportunity in Higher Education (1981), Kings College commencement ceremonies (1984),
- F+D.1. Awards: 1981-2002; presidential citation from the National Association for Equal Opportunity
in Higher Education (1981), and official citation from State of Connecticut General
- 1.3. Calendars and planners, 1976-1977
- 1.4. Calendars and planners, 1978
- 1.5. Calendars and planners, 1979
- 1.6-2.1. Calendars and planners, 1982 (2 folders)
- 2.2-2.4. Calendars and planners, 1983-1984
- 2.5. Calendars and planners, 1985-1989
- 2.6. Calendars and planners, 1993-1998
- 2.7. Calendars and planners, 2002-2005
- 2.8. Clippings, 1947-1997; includes Jefferson's admission to Harvard Medical School
- 2.9. Curricula vitae and related, ca.1982-2003, n.d.; includes draft versions and correspondence
- 2.10. Education. Harvard Medical School, 1947-2008, n.d.; includes alumni material, invitations,
correspondence, and reunion report
- 2.11. Education. Texas College, 1961-2008, n.d.; includes correspondence, invitations, and
- 3.1. Family correspondence, 1956-2006; includes death certificates, family newsletters,
uncataloged photographs, and photocopy of a baseball autographed by Ted Williams
- 3.2-3.3. Financial. Oil and gas revenues, 1981-2007
- 3.4. Financial. Real estate (Boston), 1955-1993
- 3.5. Financial. Tax related, 1980-2009
- 3.6. Legal. Beacon Street (Boston) tenant dispute, 1980-1981
- 3.7. Legal. Mystic Detective Agency re: financial settlement, 1983-1985
- 3.8-3.10. Legal. Mugnier v. Jefferson re: Cambridge Street (Boston) tenant dispute, 1992-2009
- 3.11. Legal. Panola County, Texas, property taxes, 1985-2004
- 3.12. Legal. University Hospital v. Jefferson re: office suite, 1983-1985
- 3.13. Legal. Various vendors re: financial disputes, 1980-2002
- 3.14-3.15. Personal correspondence. Shane A. Cunningham (husband), 1958-1979, n.d.; includes
clippings, cartoons, greeting cards, and uncataloged photograph
- 4.1-4.9. Personal correspondence, 1953-2010, n.d.; includes letter from Joseph Stanton (#4.5)
and uncataloged photographs of friends and pets
- 5.1. Travel diary (1960) and related, 1960-1982; includes correspondence, notes, and passport
- Series II. RIGHT-TO-LIFE ORGANIZATIONS, 1972-2010, n.d. (#5.2-16.3, F+D.1-F+D.2, E.1)
- Subseries A. Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL), 1972-2010, n.d. (#5.2-7.6, F+D.1-F+D.2,
- 5.2. Board elections, 1992-2007, n.d.
- 5.3-5.6. Board of directors, 1978-2010; includes policies, by-laws, correspondence, directories,
minutes, reports, and organizational profile
- 5.7. Brochures, fact sheets, and flyers, 1992-2008, n.d.
- 5.8. Clippings, 1972-2001
- 5.9-5.10. Committees and related, 1993-2008, n.d.
- 5.11. Conferences, programs, and events, 1981-2008
- 5.12. Correspondence, 1980-2008
- 5.14. Financial records, 1992-2007
- 5.15. Fundraising events, 1993-2007, n.d.; includes programs, flyers, and posters for annual
dinner program, general campaigns, and Respect Life Walk
- 6.1. Inter-office memoranda, 1990-2010, n.d.
- 6.2. Legislative and legal departments, 1993-2007, n.d.; includes action alerts, legal
briefs, state legislation re: abortion, and public testimony
- 6.3-6.4. Local chapters, 1977-2009, n.d.; includes educational handbook, correspondence, and
- 6.5. Mass Teens for Life, 2000, n.d.
- 6.6-6.9. Massachusetts State National Right to Life Committee Oratory Contest, 1999-2005
- 6.10-7.3. MCFL State Political Action Committee (PAC), 1980-2007, n.d.; includes candidate questionnaires
and endorsements (5 folders)
- 7.4. Membership, 1991-2009
- 7.5. Organizational profile and related, 1991-2008, n.d.; includes strategic goals and
- F+D.1. Posters. Respect Life Walk sponsored by MCFL, 2004-2007
- 7.6. Press releases, 1986-2007, n.d.
- E.1. Web site, 2012-ongoing
- Subseries B. National Right to Life Committee, Inc. 1975-2010, n.d. (#7.7-9.4)
- 7.7-7.9. Board of directors, 1990-2010, n.d.; includes by-laws, directories, minutes, budget
and other reports
- 7.10. Clippings, 1977-2004
- 7.11. Committees and outreach services, 1977-2009
- 7.12-8.1. Conventions (annual), 1975-2000, n.d.; includes 1998 yearbook (#7.13) (3 folders)
- 8.2. Correspondence, 1977-2007; includes uncataloged photograph
- 8.4. Educational Trust Fund, 1996-2009, n.d.; includes pamphlets
- 8.5-8.7. Financial reports, 2004-2010
- 8.8. Fundraising. General and membership campaigns, 1976-2009
- 8.9. Fundraising. Rose for Life and anti-abortion bumper stickers, 1976-2008, n.d.
- 8.9-1. Rose For Life appliques, n.d.
- 8.9-2. "Abortion stops a beating heart" bumper sticker, n.d.
- 8.9-3. "Stop Partial Birth Abortion" bumper sticker, n.d.
- 8.9-4. "We Vote Pro-Life" bumper sticker, n.d.
- 8.9-5. "I Love Life" bumper sticker
- 8.9-6. "Roe v. Wade 1973-1998 not a solution then still a tragedy today" bumper sticker,
- 8.9-7. "Respect Life Walk to Aid Mothers and Children" stickers, 2008
- 8.10. Inter-office memoranda, 1984-2004
- 8.11. Legislative research.1976-2009; includes legislative alerts, petitions, and An Act Relative to a Woman's Right to Know
- 8.12-9.1. Legislative research. Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, 1995-1997 (2 folders)
- 9.2. National Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC), 1996-2006, n.d.
- 9.3. Press releases, 1984-2009
- 9.4. Reports. Health care reform, 2007-2009; includes NRTLC proposal for alternative care
- Subseries C. Right to Life Crusade, Inc., 1978-2010, n.d. (#9.5-12.3, SD.1)
- 9.5. Annual events, conferences, and programs, 1980-2005
- 9.6. Board of directors, 1979-1990; includes articles of incorporation and related
- 9.7-9.9. Clippings, 1978-2004, n.d.
- 9.10-9.11. Correspondence, 1978-2010, n.d.; includes inscriptions from books donated by authors
and uncataloged photographs
- 10.2-10.5. Financial records, 1980-2008
- 10.6. Fundraising. General and major gift campaigns, 1984-2004
- 10.7. Inter-office memoranda, 1985-2008
- 10.8. Legislation and related, 1985-2001
- 10.9-10.10. Press releases, 1980-2010, n.d.; includes press statement defending Clarence Thomas
- SD.1. Right to Life sign, n.d.
- 10.11-12.3. Telephone logs, 1987-2007; includes Jefferson's notes (8 folders)
- Subseries D. Allied organizations, 1973-2009, n.d. (#12.4-16.3)
- 12.4. Ad Hoc Committee in Defense of Life, 1981-1993
- 12.5. Adopted People for Life and related, 1987-1988, n.d.
- 12.6. African American organizations, 1979-1988, n.d.; includes African American Society
Against Abortion and introductory comments by Jefferson
- 12.7-13.3. American Life League (ALL), 1991-2009, n.d.; includes material for subsidiary groups:
Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) International, Rock for Life, clippings, and uncataloged
photograph (4 folders)
- 13.4. American Life Lobby, 1982-1985
- 13.5-13.8. Americans United for Life (AUL), 1977-1998; includes by-laws and articles of incorporation
- 13.9. Christian Coalition, Inc., 1990-1996
- 14.1. Club of Life, 1985-1997
- 14.2. Elijah Project, 2005
- 14.3-14.5. Family-oriented organizations, 1982-2006; includes Focus on the Family, Fathers and
Family, and Family Life League
- 14.6. Human Life International, 1999-2004
- 14.7. Illinois Right to Life organizations, 1978-1993
- 14.8. Lawyers for Life, 1973-1978, n.d.
- 14.9. National Commission on AIDS, 1991-1992
- 14.10. Operation Rescue, 1992-1993
- 14.11. People's Action Network, 1986
- 14.12. Planned Parenthood, 1980-1994
- 15.1. Pregnancy Counseling Centers, 1985-2009, n.d.
- 15.2. Pro-Life Action League, Inc., 1982-1996, n.d.
- 15.3. Respect Life, 1983-2004
- 15.4. Sex education and related, 1977-2002
- 15.5. Tacoma Stands Up For Life, 1986
- 15.6. Value of Life Committee, Inc. (VOLCOM), 1977, n.d.
- 15.7. Youth organizations, 1978-1993
- 15.8. Other organizations, A-D, 1977-2007, n.d.
- 15.9. Other organizations, E-H, 1984-2008, n.d.
- 15.10. Other organizations, I-M, 1975-2007, n.d.
- 15.11-16.1. Other organizations N-P, 1978-2007, n.d. (2 folders)
- 16.2. Other organizations Q-T, 1980-2002, n.d.
- 16.3. Other organizations, U-Z, 1977-2007, n.d.
- Series III. OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, 1952-2009, n.d. (#16.4-18.3)
- 16.4. Consultant work. Dr. Kenneth Edelin trial, 1975-1979; includes court transcript and
- 16.5-16.6. Consultant work. Jane Doe v. Mother and Unborn Baby Care of North Texas, Inc. et al., 1986; includes Jefferson's oral deposition
- 16.7. Consultant work. Stallworth case, 1973; includes report submitted by Jefferson re:
- 16.8. Consultant work. Suffolk District Medical Society, 1972-2009
- 16.9-16.10. Medical practice. Correspondence and related, 1952-1992; includes Jefferson's letters
describing difficulties during post-graduate training
- 16.11-16.13. Organizations. Ad Hoc Citizens Select Committee on Public Health Oversight (chair),
1993-2005; includes clippings, Jefferson's testimony at public hearings, and press
- 17.1-17.2. Organizations. Centurion International (director of public relations), 1983-1990,
n.d.; includes correspondence, financial records, and legal documents
- 17.3. Organizations. Citizens for America (advisory board), 1984-1988
- 17.4-17.6. Organizations. Council for National Policy (board of governors), 1983-2003
- 17.7-17.8. Organizations. Loyola University (board of trustees), 1983-1988, n.d.
- 17.9-17.10. Organizations. Massachusetts Medical Society (member), 1980-2009; includes conference
proceedings re: Jefferson's role as delegate and committee work on men's health
- 17.11-17.12. Organizations. St. Louis University (board of trustees), 1983-1985
- 18.1. Organizations. Western Goals Endowment Fund (advisory board), 1981-1985
- 18.2. Organizations. Other advisory boards, 1981-2003; includes Ana Maria College and American
Coalition for Freedom
- 18.3. Organizations. Other memberships, 1980-2005; includes American Medical Association
- Series IV. POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND RELATED, 1977-2009, n.d. (#18.4-21.9, 23FB.1m,
- 18.4. Campaign material, includes "Republican Rep. in Congress" poster and
- 18.4-1. "U.S. Senate Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson She Can Do It!" campaign button, n.d.
- 18.4-2. "U.S. Senate Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson She Can Do It!" campaign stickers, n.d.
- 18.4-3. "U.S. Senate Jefferson" bumper sticker, n.d.
- 23FB.1m. Campaign hat, n.d.; hatband inscribed "The Life of the Party, RNC [Republican National
Coalition] for Life"
- SD.1. Campaign posters, n.d.
- 18.5-18.8. Campaign and election guides, 1981-2004, n.d.; includes handbooks, fact sheets, and
directories of elected officials
- 18.9. Citizens for Vital Government, 1982-1986
- 18.10. Clippings, 1980-1996; includes interviews, articles, and related issues
- 18.11. Conference ephemera, 1983-1984
- 19.1. Conservative Youth Training Institute, 1986-2004
- 19.2-19.4. Correspondence, 1980-2008, n.d.
- 19.5-19.6. Forums, roundtables, and debates, 1981-1996, n.d.
- 19.7-19.9. Friends of Dr. Jefferson, 1982-1996; includes statements of candidacy, correspondence,
campaign literature, financial records, speeches, press releases, and uncataloged
- 20.1. Jefferson for Congress Committee, 1984-1996; includes statements of candidacy, correspondence,
financial records, and press releases
- 20.2-20.3. Legal proceedings. Jefferson v. Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1984-1996; includes correspondence, financial records re: Jefferson Legal Defense
- 20.4. Legal proceedings. Jefferson v. Raymond Shamie, Chair, Massachusetts Republican Party, et al., 1988-1990
- 20.5. Massachusetts Freeze Voter, 1984-1986; includes candidate surveys
- 20.6. Massachusetts Gay Political Caucus, 1983-1984; includes candidate surveys
- 20.7-20.8. Massachusetts primary nomination papers, 1984-1995; includes instructions and nomination
forms representing various towns
- 20.9. Massachusetts Republican Party, 1986-2009, n.d.; includes correspondence, membership
material, and clippings
- 20.10. Massachusetts Republican State Committee, 1987-1996, n.d.; includes by-laws and correspondence
- 20.11-20.13. Newsletters. Political analysis and updates, 1977-2004; includes Conservative Manifesto, Political Report, and Boston Mercury
- 21.1-21.2. Other campaigns, 1980-2009, n.d.; includes materials associated with campaigns of
Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Boston politicians
- 21.3. Political consultation services, 1984-1987, n.d.
- 21.4. Reports and studies, 1977-1994; includes study re: Edward M. Kennedy
- 21.5. Republican National Committee, 1980-1996, n.d.
- 21.6. Republican National and State Conventions, 1980-1996
- 21.7. Republican Presidential Inauguration and related events, 1985; includes commemorative
invitations for Reagan and Bush victory campaign
- 21.8-21.9. Research notes, ca.1984-1996
- SERIES V. PUBLICITY AND PUBLICATIONS, 1955-2008 (#21.10-22.13, F+D.1, F+D.3, SD.1)
- 21.10. General correspondence, 1976-2004; includes letter re: Jefferson book proposal
- 21.11. International Life Times, 1980-2008; includes proposal, unpublished columns, and submissions
- 21.12. Interviews, 1980-2004
- 22.1-22.2. MCFL News, 1980-2007, n.d.; includes draft and published columns, articles, and photocopies
of published essays by Jefferson
- 22.3. MCFL Pro-Life Reference Journal, 1995-2008; includes submissions
- 22.4-22.5. Media appearances and related, 1977-2007, n.d.; includes correspondence, proposals,
media log, uncataloged photographs of Jefferson on the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour
- 22.6. National Right to Life News, 1977-2009, n.d.; includes submissions, and draft and published columns
- F+D.1. Posters, 1985-1990: Racism and Abortion, by Jefferson and Delores Grier, Black History Month Symposium held at St. Thomas
à Becket House, Boston, Massachusetts (1985), and Rally for Pro-Life, Pro-Family,
keynote speaker Jefferson, held in Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1990)
- SD.1. Poster. United We Stand 4th annual banquet in Celebration of Life, keynote speaker
Jefferson, held in Sheraton Read House Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2007
- 22.7-22.11. Speaking engagements, 1973-2007; includes correspondence, financial records, speeches
(#22.7, 22.9, 22.11), clippings (#22.10), and uncataloged photographs
- 22.12. Writings. Articles and essays, 1972-1991; includes "Abortion: Self-Defeat Solution"
published in 1972 in Centerscope (Boston University Medical Center) and "Casualties of War," published in 1991 in
Good News (United Methodists)
- F+D.3. Writings. Articles and essays, 1990-1992: "Faith on the Line in the New Civil War"
(Lux in Tenebris (Light in Darkness), 1990), and "Taking a Stand. Dr. Jefferson Condemns Sexual Harassment of U.S. Supreme
Court Judge Thomas by the Radical Feminist Movement" (Bottom Line News Magazine, 1991)
- 22.13. Writings. Guest editorials, op-ed, and opinions, 1955-2004; includes "Dissonance,"
Jefferson's letter to the editor of the Bulletin (Harvard University) describing her treatment at Harvard Medical School
- SERIES VI. PHOTOGRAPHS AND AUDIOVISUAL, ca.1950-2007, n.d. (#PD.1-PD.5sl, #T-397.1
- T-397.17, #Vt-202.1 - Vt-202.20 )
- Subseries A. Photographs, ca.1950-2007, n.d. (#PD.1-PD.5sl)
- PD.1. Mildred Jefferson alone (ca.1950-2007); skiing with friends (1953-1960s); at beach
(ca.1960); publicity shots (1973-ca.1980, n.d.) (17 photographs)
- PD.2. Honorary degrees, 1977-1984 (13 photographs)
- PD.3. Awards, 1979-1995; includes Massachusetts State National Right to Life Committee Oratory
Contest (8 photographs)
- PD.4. Public events, 1981-1998, n.d.; includes Jefferson with Bernard Law, Jesse Helms,
Pat Buchanan, Gary Hart, Phylis Schlafly and others (9 photographs)
- PD.5sl. Jefferson's appearance on video, Heart of the Matter, 1998 (1 slide)
- Subseries B. Audiotapes, 1976-1992, n.d. (#T-397.1 - T-397.17)
- T-397.2. The Grapevine Tape Ministry, "The Sanctity of Life," January, 25, 1983
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 2.
- T-397.3. "Abortion, Today's Holocaust," Eagle Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 24, 1983.
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 3.
- T-397.4-5. The Grapevine Tape Ministry, "Why The Pro-Abortionists Are Afraid of Public Debate, the Moral Issue You Can't
Escape," February, 1984.
REQUEST AS T-397, reels 4 and 5.
- T-397.6. "Abortion," Bethany World Prayer Center, October 6, 1985.
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 6.
- T-397.7. "America, Bring Back the Glory Side," 18th Annual Service of Patriotism, Mission Evangelical Congregational Church, Maynard, Massachusetts, November 10,
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 7.
- T-397.8. Healthfully Yours, "Why It Is Not Healthy to Have an Abortion," WEZE-AM, Boston University School of
Medicine, June 28, 1986.
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 8.
- T-397.9. Healthfully Yours, "Roe v. Wade Decision," WEZE-AM, Boston University School of Medicine, September
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 9.
- T-397.10. Continental Cablevision Program, Interview/profile (candidate), 8th Congressional District, 1986.
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 10.
- T-397.11-12. Pat Whitley Show, TOUCH 1060 AM, various topics, June 6, 1985.
REQUEST AS T-397, reels 11 and 12.
- T-397.13. Mission America, KGNW 820 AM, "Abortion, America's Holocaust," January 18, 1987.
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 13.
- T-397.14. Healthfully Yours, "AIDS," WEZE-AM, Boston University School of Medicine, May 21, 1988.
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 14.
- T-397.15. Healthfully Yours, "Abortion," WEZE-AM, Boston University School of Medicine, July 15, July 29, 1989.
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 15.
- T-397.16. American Life League Presents: Celebrate Life!, June 15, 1992 (Jefferson cited but does not appear).
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 16.
- T-397.17. Pro-life Songs, by Douglas H. Ryniker, n.d.
REQUEST AS T-397, reel 17.
- Subseries C. Videotapes, 1982-2007 (#Vt-202.1 - Vt-202.20)
- Vt-202.1-2. Opening campaign speech for Republican nomination to U.S. Senate, Faneuil Hall (Boston,
Massachusetts), February 12, 1982.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reels 1 and 2.
- Vt-202.3. Pre-rescue rally by Operation Rescue, St. Agatha's ( Milton, Massachusetts), March
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 3.
- Vt-202.4. Patriot Convention, November 12, 1994.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 4.
- Vt-202.5. American Life League. Celebrate Life! television show segment: "Pro-life Medicine," October 1997.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 5.
- Vt-202.6. Ocean State Chronicle. A public affairs program of WPXQ-TV (Rhode Island), produced and hosted by Jefferson,
September 18, 1998.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 6.
- Vt-202.7. Life Matters television program, with attorney Robert Joyce, October 9, 2003.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 7.
- Vt-202.8. Life Matters television program, October 30, 2003.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 8.
- Vt-202.9. Life Matters television program, November 6, 2003.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 9.
- Vt-202.10. Life Matters television program, April 15, 2004.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 10.
- Vt-202.11-12. Life Matters television program segment on "Democrats for Life," July 22, 2004; also includes
1st segment of "Legal Issues," with Fran Fay and Professor Dwight Duncan, September
2005 (See also Vt-202.16).
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reels 11 and 12.
- Vt-202.13. Life Matters television program segment: "Pro-abortion Plank and John Kerry's position," July
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 13.
- Vt-202.14. Life Matters television program segment "Democrats for Life," July 22, 2004 and Life Matters television program segment, August 18 and 25, 2005.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 14.
- Vt-202.15. Life Matters television program second segment: "Legal Issues," with Fran Fay and Professor Dwight
Duncan, September 8 and 15, 2005.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 15.
- Vt-202.16. Life Matters television program segment: "2005 Election Results and Implications," November 10,
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 16.
- Vt-202.17. Life Matters television program segment: "Pro-Life Update, MCFL membership invitation," May 18,
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 17.
- Vt-202.18. Life Matters television program segment features NRLC oratory contest winners, July 27, 2006.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 18.
- Vt-202.19. Life Matters television program segment: "MCFL Respect Life Walk to Aid Mothers and Children,
20th anniversary," September 7, 2006.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 19.
- Vt-202.20. Life Matters television program segment: "US Supreme Court, Gonzales case, analysis and content,"
June 7, 2007.
REQUEST AS Vt-202, reel 20.
Abortion--Government policy--United States
Abortion--Law and legislation--Massachusetts
Abortion--Law and legislation--United States
Abortion--Moral and ethical aspects--United States
Abortion--Political aspects--United States
Abortion--Religious aspects--United States
African American physicians--Massachusetts--Boston
African American women--Massachusetts--Boston
Europe--Description and travel
Political campaigns--United States
Pro-life movement--Songs and music
Pro-life movement--United States
Voyages and travels
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--Massachusetts
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women political activists--Massachusetts
Massachusetts Citizens for Life (Organization)
National Right to Life Committee (U.S.)
Right to Life Crusade, Inc.