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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1135

La Leche League Papers of Cynthia P. Garrison, 1963-2016


La Leche League materials from La Leche League administrator Cynthia P. Garrison.


  • Creation: 1963-2016

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Cynthia P. Garrison 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.


3.04 linear feet (4 file boxes, 1 folio+ box)

The Cynthia P. Garrison La Leche League papers contain materials related primarily to La Leche League programs, conferences, workshops, and leadership training seminars. Included are conference, workshop, and seminar programs, flyers, and brochures; as well as general information sheets on topics ranging from the relationship between lactation and ovulation to nursing wardrobe suggestions. The La Leche League International annual conference files contain syllabi or programs, brochures, session presentation information, and general conference information. The 1987 and 1989 conference files also include souvenir albums. La Leche League Newsletter from 1958; issues of Alliance Link (La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding Education); Eastern Union (La Leche League Eastern United States Division); and Penn Pals (Western Pennsylvania La Leche League) were removed and cataloged separately. Collection is arranged alphabetically.


Cynthia (Cindy) Garrison was born in Michigan, on August 21, 1948. She attended West Virginia University and Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania. Garrison has been a La Leche League leader since 1975. While pregnant with her second child Garrison attended her first meeting of La Leche League, an organization dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed and to promoting a better understanding of breastfeeding. During the meeting, the leader of the group asked Garrison to be treasurer and within a year she had also applied to become an accredited leader within La Leche League. Garrison has held various positions in the organization. In the Pennsylvania-West area she was a district advisor; a coordinator of the leader accreditation, where she helped train new leaders; and the area coordinator of leaders, where she mentored colleagues. She also worked as a regional advisor and regional administrator of the Leader Accreditation Department (LAD); director for the Eastern United States Division; interim division publications administrator; La Leche League International board member; and interim LAD director. Currently she serves as an advisor to the LAD council; as well as an associate professional liaison department administrator where she handles medical and legal questions from leaders; and co-chairs the program services committee. Garrison is also an international board certified lactation consultant.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M109

The papers of Cynthia P. Garrison were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cynthia P. Garrison, July 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2021

By: Laura Peimer.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description. General processing procedures in place at the Library include the following:  books and serials (when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection's creator and on subjects which fall within the Library's collecting area are removed and cataloged separately with information about their provenance.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library, Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund, and Class of 1956 Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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