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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1170

Papers of Therese Hester Vaughn, 1971-2009


Pamphlets, fliers, newsletters, catalogs, correspondence, and clippings documenting Therese Hester Vaughn's involvement in the right to life movement in Duluth, Minnesota.


  • Creation: 1971-2009


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Therese Vaughn 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.


7.71 linear feet (18+1/2 file boxes)

The papers of Therese Hester Vaughn contain pro-life pamphlets, fliers, newsletters, catalogs, and clippings collected by Vaughn. Also included is a small amount of correspondence with other pro-life activists and letters from Vaughn written to government officials and companies advancing the pro-life agenda. Materials also document Vaughn's Catholic faith and her stance against euthanasia. Files are arranged alphabetically.


Pro-life activist Therese Hester Vaughn, daughter of Frank L. and Mable H. Debot, was born in Minnesota in 1930. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth for two years and worked as a licensed practical nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in the pediatrics department from 1958 to 1970. She married Robert Rawn Dillon with whom she had one daughter, Barbara Ann. They divorced in 1965 and Dillon died in 1967. In 1970, she married John Hamilton Vaughn (1922-2016); they had one son, Thomas. Beginning in the 1970s, Vaughn dedicated her time to being a wife and mother and became involved in the pro-life movement. She was Telechain Chairwoman of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Chairwoman of the Daughters of Isabella Pro-Life Committee, director of Duluth BirthRight, and a Pro-Life Information Network Information Specialist. She also served as the 8th Congressional District Chairwoman for the Republican Party of Minnesota.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M163

The papers of Therese Hester Vaughn were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Sisters of Life in September 2021.


Donors: Sisters of Life

Accession number: 2021-M163

Processed by: Johanna Carll

The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:

  1. Feminists for Life of Minnesota, Inc., Volume 9, Number 3 (October 10, 1985), Volume 11, Number 4 (October 10, 1987)
  2. HLI Report, Volume 3, Number 4 (April 1985), Volume 4, Number 2 (February 1986), Volume 5, Number 4 (April 1987), Volume 6, Number 4 (April 1988), Volume 6, Number 10 (October 1988), Volume 9, Number 12 (December 1991)
  3. Lifeletter, #14 (1986)
  4. Pro-life Action News, Vol. 6, No. 6 (September 1986), Vol. 6, No. 8 (December 1986), Vol. 7, No. 1 (January 1987), Special Edition (February 1987), Vol. 7, No. 3 (March 1987), Vol. 7, No. 7 (September 1987), Vol. 7, No. 9 (November 1987), Vol. 7, No. 10 (December 1987), Vol. 8, No. 1 (February 1988), Vol. 8, No. 5 (July/August 198), Vol. 8, No. 7 (October 1988), Special Edition (January 1989), Vol. 9, No. 2 (February/March 1989), Vol. 9, No. 6 (September 1989), Vol. 9, No. 8 (December 1989), Vol. 10, No. 2 (March/April 1990), Vol. 10, No. 5 (September 1990), Vol. 11, No. 5 (September 1991), Vol. 11, No. 7 (December 1991
  5. Stopp News, Vol. VI, No 7 & 8 (October 11, 1990)

Processing Information

Processed: March 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.

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Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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