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COLLECTION Identifier: OH-1: T-25: M-138: A1-3

Family Planning Oral History Project Interviews, 1973-1977


Tapes and transcripts of 24 oral histories of the Family Planning Oral History Project, an oral history project of the Schlesinger Library, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.


  • Creation: 1973-1977

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 interviews of Elizabeth Arnold, Frances Ferguson, Sadja Goldsmith, Estelle Griswold, Leonore Guttmacher, Patricia Therese Maginnis, Sarah Marcus, Lonny Myers, Lana Clarke Phelan, Grant Sanger, Adaline Pendleton Satterthwaite, Helen B. Taussig, Sarah Tietze, Christopher Tietze, Julia Tsuei, and Sarah Weddington is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in the interviews of Beatrice Blair, Mary Steichen Calderone, Loraine Leeson Campbell, Arlene Carmen, Florence Clothier, Constance Cook, Martha May Eliot, Louise Gilman Hutchins, and Emily Hartshorne Mudd may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Consult individual interviews for information concerning copying transcripts and audiotapes.


24 Volumes
121 audiotapes

Collection contains tapes and transcripts of the 24 oral histories discussing family background, education, marriage, children and careers of the interviewees.


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.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Project, 1974-1977.

Existence and Location of Copies

Oral history transcripts have been published on microfilm as Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. Series 3, Sexuality, Sex Education, and Reproductive Rights, by University Publications of America. Oral history transcripts are available on microfilm at the Schlesinger Library as M-138, reels A1-3. Copies of oral history transcripts are available through interlibrary loan.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Family Planning Oral History Project Records (MC 223).

Family Planning Oral History Project. Family Planning Oral History Project Interviews, 1973-1977: 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

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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