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COLLECTION Identifier: A/D181

Papers of Mildred E. Danforth, 1979-1984


Writings, hand-drawn cartoons, letters, printed material and clippings of Mildred E. Danforth expressing her pro-life views.


  • 1979-1984


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mildred E. Danforth 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.


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The collection contains Mildred Danforth's writings, copies of her hand-drawn cartoons, letters, and printed material and clippings expressing her pro-life views. Included is her anti-abortion poem, "Retribution"; her "Modern Fable," an allegorical short story reflecting Danforth's negative view of the pro-choice movement; and her paper, "A Brief Account of the Pro-Life Movement." This account consists of a short essay on the beginnings of the national pro-life movement and the precepts on which the movement is based, an account of the origins of a pro-life organization in Maine, a list of Maine Right-To-Life area contacts, chapter presidents, and their addresses, and a list of pro-life organizations and their addresses across the United States. In addition, there are copies of letters to members of congress and government officials regarding abortion legislation and the Equal Rights Amendment.


Mildred Emeline Danforth was born in Lebanon, Maine, in about 1900. She attended the University of New Hampshire and the University of North Carolina, and earned a certificate in library science from the City Library in Springfield, Massachusetts. She worked as a librarian and teacher, and during World War II was in the Women's Army Corps. Danforth is the author of A Quaker Pioneer: Laura Haviland, Superintendent of the Underground (1961) and of two plays, "The Spirit of Cedarhurst," and "Reluctant Traveler."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 79-M156, 79-M186, 82-M242, 84-M14, 84-M25, 84-M37

The papers of Mildred E. Danforth were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mildred E. Danforth in April and August 1979, and December 1982.

Processing Information

Processed: January 1984

By: Nancy J. Stowell

Updated and additional description added: December 2021

By: Paula Aloisio

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.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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