Audiovisual collection of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, ca.1980-2004
Audiovisual material from annual meetings, rallies, workshops and other events of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL).
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. The records are restricted under an agreement between the Schlesinger Library and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the recordings created by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is held by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Copyright in other audiovisual material in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. A may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
This collection includes videotapes highlighting the responses of NARAL and other pro-choice organizations to the Webster v. Reproductive Health Services court decision and to the attempt in Congress to ban late-term abortions; a five-part series on abortion featuring pro-choice and pro-life speakers in Massachusetts; and a NARAL instructional video. Other videotapes include annual meeting workshops, the annual Chocolate Madness fund raiser, and footage from the "March for Women's Lives" in 2004. Audiotapes include an interview with Jane Toussaint of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and chef Lee Napoli on the radio program Table Talk discussing Chocolate Madness, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts's annual fund raiser. Additional audiovisual material received with the records of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts were added to the collection in July 2014. These materials are housed by format. All other files remain in the same order. Folders are listed in intellectual, not numerical, order. This collection is arranged by format, then chronologically.
The Massachusetts Organization for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (MORAL) was incorporated on September 11, 1972, as the Massachusetts state affiliate for National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL). MORAL was a non-profit, political organization whose purpose was to develop and sustain a constituency which utilized the political process to protect a woman's right to a legal abortion. MORAL changed its name to Mass Choice in 1984, highlighting its commitment to the concept of choice, not just abortion rights. Mass Choice changed its name again in 1996 to Mass NARAL, as did many other state affiliates, to clarify its relationship to NARAL. When NARAL became NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2003, Mass NARAL followed, becoming NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession numbers: 82-M192, 97-M157, 2008-M109
These videotapes, audiotapes, and DVD were given to the Schlesinger Library between September 1982 and July 2008 by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Records, 1972-2008 (MC 659).
Processed: December 1997
By: Kelley Gove
Updated July 2014
By Cat Lea Holbrook
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