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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1181

Collection of Julie A. Grimstad on Joseph R. Stanton, 1949-2003


Drafts, correspondence, and research files relating to Julie A. Grimstad's unpublished book on Joseph R. Stanton, "Profound Obligation; Highest Privilege": Dr. Joseph R. Stanton and the Prolife Movement.


  • 1949-2003


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Julie A. Grimstad 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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)

The Julie A. Grimstad collection on Joseph R. Stanton contains materials relating to Grimstad's unpublished book on Stanton, "Profound Obligation; Highest Privilege": Dr. Joseph R. Stanton and the Prolife Movement. Materials include an incomplete draft of the book; letters from Stanton and his wife, Mary, to Grimstad; biographical information about Stanton; correspondence with Stanton's colleagues about Stanton and the proposed book; and research files containing reprints of articles by and clippings about Stanton, many with notes from Stanton written on them.


Julie A. Grimstad is a licensed practical nurse and volunteer patient advocate. In 1973, she began volunteering with Birthright of Lincoln, Nebraska, and became a Natural Family Planning instructor for the Diocese of Lincoln. Several years later she founded and served as the director of a pregnancy aid office in Tacoma, Washington. From 1985 to 2004, she was the director of the Center for the Rights of the Terminally Ill. In 2012, with Jo Tolck, Ann Olson, and Mary Merritt, she co-founded Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance (PHA), an outreach of Human Life Alliance (HLA). In 2018, Grimstad, Tolck, Olson, and Merritt founded the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO), a non-profit Christian organization that addresses a wide array of ethical issues including euthanasia, assisted suicide, rationing of medical services, and hastening of death in healthcare settings. Grimstad serves as HALO's president and as executive director of Life is Worth Living, Inc. Grimstad is also a pro-life writer whose areas of interest are euthanasia, assisted suicide and patient advocacy.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M157

The collection of Julie A. Grimstad on Joseph R. Stanton was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Sisters of Life in September 2021.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Joseph R. Stanton pro-life collection, 1966-2007 (MC 1139).

Processing Information

Processed: April 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
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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