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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 223: T-131

Records of the Family Planning Oral History Project, 1909-1984


Research materials collected by the interviewers of the Family Planning Oral History Project, an oral history project of the Schlesinger Library.


  • Creation: 1909-1984

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Family Planning Oral History Project 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. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.83 linear feet ((2 file boxes) plus 1 audiotape)

This collection consists of research materials collected by the interviewers, some of it given to them by the interviewees. A large proportion are photocopies, with some printed items and a small amount of typescript and manuscript material and photographs. Several of the interviewees have collections of papers in the Schlesinger Library.


From 1973 to 1977, the Schlesinger Library carried on an oral history project, funded by two two-year grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, on the role of women in the family planning movement. All but one of the interviewees were women, and many were physicians or nurses. The project concentrated first on the birth control movement and then on abortion law reform. For further information on the project, see Family Planning Oral History Project Interviews (OH-1, T-25).

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 77-M222, 83-M148, 84-M218

The research materials for the Family Planning Oral History Project were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jeannette Bailey Cheek, Ellen Chesler, and James W. Reed, interviewers for the Project, between 1973 and 1983, and by the Population Council in 1984.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Family Planning Oral History Project Interviews (OH-1, T-25)


  1. Box 1: 1-10
  2. Box 2: 11-23

Processing Information

Processed: November 1980

By: Nancy Lattanzio

Family Planning Oral History Project. Records of the Family Planning Oral History Project, 1909-1984: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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