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COLLECTION Identifier: Pr-3

National Abortion Rights Action League, State affiliates printed material collection, 1969-1989


Collection consists of printed material from NARAL-affiliated organizations in the United States and Canada.


  • Creation: 1969-1989

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the NARAL state affiliate newsletters is held by the NARAL state affiliates.

Copying. Materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


5 linear feet ((5 cartons) plus electronic records)

Collection consists of NARAL printed material from state affiliates in the United States and affiliates in Canada. This material is organized alphabetically by state, preceded by folders containing material from Canada and of national interest. Types of materials in this collection include clippings, advocacy fliers, court case reviews, legal reports and updates, medical reports, brochures, depositions, pamphlets, convention agendas, independent surveys, state-sponsored surveys, etc.


Formed in 1969, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) was the first national gathering of grassroots activists advocating the repeal of state abortion laws. Originally named the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, its mission was to provide an information clearinghouse for efforts to repeal restrictive state laws. Upon the decriminalization of abortion with the landmark Roe v. Wade decision of the United States Supreme Court in 1973, NARAL changed the words for which its acronym stood and opened a national office in Washington, D.C. Its affiliates primary goals were to track legislation, to lobby for reproductive rights at the state and federal levels, and to compile annual guides to inform voters of their congressional delegations voting record.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material was removed from the records of the National Abortion Rights Action League.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2004

By: Andy Moore

National Abortion Rights Action League, State affiliates printed material collection, 1969-1989
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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