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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1165

Papers of Frances Kissling, ca.2016


Five abortion rights posters collected by Frances Kissling.


  • Creation: 2016


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Spanish.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Frances Kissling is held by Frances Kissling. Upon her death, copyright will transfer to 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.


1 folder (1 oversize folder)

The papers of Frances Kissling contain five abortion rights posters: two versions of a poster for event sponsored by Catholics for a Free Choice, "Vida es...poder elegir un aborto legal y seguro"; Catholics for a Free Choice, "Como terminar las guerras del aborto"; Catholics for a Free Choice, "Good Catholics Use Condoms"; and "El Aborto es una decision unicamente de las mujeres."


Reproductive choice activist Frances Kissling, daughter of Thomas and Florence Romanski, was born Frances Romanski, in New York City, New York. She served as president of Catholics for Choice from 1982 to 2007. Since 2012, she has been president of Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy and since 2014, she has been an instructor in reproductive health ethics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as founding president of the National Abortion Federation and is co-founder and board member of the Global Fund for Women. She is a frequent contributor to publications including The Nation and The Huffington Post and co-authored Rosie: The Investigation of a Wrongful Death with Ellen Frankfort.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M117

The papers of Frances Kissling were given to the Schlesinger Library by Frances Kissling in July 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2022

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.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

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