Earl and Kathleen Essex collection on Joan Andrews, 1979-1998
Clippings documenting Joan Andrews' participation in abortion clinic protests; photographs of Andrews; legal documents relating to Andrews' 1986 arrest following a protest at The Ladies' Center in Pensacola, Florida; correspondence between Earl Essex and Andrews' lawyer, Stephen Anthony Flynn regarding financial support for Andrews' defense; and letters Andrews wrote to Earl and Kathleen Essex during her imprisonment.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Earl W. Essex as well as 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.
Extent.63 linear feet ((1+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
The Earl and Kathleen Essex collection on Joan Andrews contains clippings documenting Andrews' participation in abortion clinic protests; photographs of Andrews; legal documents relating to Andrews' 1986 arrest following a protest at The Ladies' Center in Pensacola, Florida; correspondence between Earl Essex and Andrews' lawyer, Stephen Anthony Flynn regarding financial support for Andrews' defense; and letters Andrews wrote to the Essexes during her imprisonment. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Earl W. Essex (1919-1992) was a Pennsylvania attorney and pro-life activist. He and his wife, Kathleen (1938-2004) provided financial support for Catholic, pro-life activist Joan Andrews following her 1986 arrest following an anti-abortion sit-in at The Ladies' Center in Pensacola, Florida. During Andrews' imprisonment, they provided her with emotional support and courted media support calling for her release from prison. Excerpts from Andrews' letters to the Essexes appeared in the book You Reject Them, You Reject Me: The Prison Letters of Joan Andrews.
Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2021-M158
The Earl and Kathleen Essex collection on Joan Andrews was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Sisters of Life in August 2021.
Processed: November 2021
By: Johanna Carll
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.
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- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.
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