Records of the Boston Association for Childbirth Education, 1934-1993 (inclusive), 1953-1993 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1953-1993
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
11.7 linear feet ((20 file boxes, 1 folio box, 1 oversize box, 1 card file box) plus 1 folio+ folder, 3 oversize folders, 1 photograph folder, 68 slides, 2 videotapes, 2 phonograph records, and electronic records)
A set of archival masters for BACE Line, BACE Newsletter, and ICEA publications including Actionletter, Bookmarks, ICEA News, and ICEA Sharing is closed to research. Consult Schlesinger Library periodicals for reference copies.
Throughout the collection, individual items, particularly those containing personal information, are closed as noted to protect personal privacy.
Additional material received in 2012 (accession number 2012-M168) was added to the collection in May 2017. These materials are housed in #1.21, 2.20, and 4.9.
Series I, LEADERSHIP, 1934-1993 (#1.1-2.13, OD.1, E.1), contains board material such as annual reports, minutes, correspondence, and membership lists. The board notebook of Sylvia D. Sawin, correspondence and clippings from Abigail Avery, and biographical material and correspondence with Justine Kelliher are also included. BACE's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.
Series II, COMMITTEES, 1948-1993 (#2.14-6.8, 21FB.1-22OB.3, F+D.1, OD.2, OD.3,1sl-2sl, Vt-137.1 - Vt-137.2, Phon-32.1 - Phon-32.2), contains material from five of BACE's committees: Class Study, Education, Policy and Steering, Program, and Training. The series includes reports, correspondence, agendas and minutes, event fliers, course announcements, class packets including syllabi, instructor applications, notes regarding class instruction, handbooks related to prepared childbirth, bibliographies, and filmographies, posters, videotapes, and record albums. There are also teaching aids such as the Forecaster (#6.5) a kind of slide ruler used for tracking a woman's cycle, Your Pregnancy Calculator (#6.6), and the Visible Woman (#21FB.1-21FB.3). In 2017, oversize teaching aids (formerly numbered as #21OB.1-21OB.4) were rehoused and renumbered.
Series III, NURSING MOTHERS' COUNCIL, 1964-1981, n.d. (#6.9-6.16), contains agendas and minutes, notes, correspondence, membership requirements, and materials for the postpartum project including proposals, agendas, memos, session reports, and notes.
Series IV, STUDENTS, 1949-1979 (#6.17-15.6, 23 CB, PD.1), contains correspondence, registration forms, class questionnaires, and birth reports. Correspondence from students covers their experiences with the classes, pregnancy, and labor. The class questionnaires and birth reports provide detailed information on the students' experiences giving birth.
Photocopies of class questionnaires, birth reports, registration forms, and student correspondence have been redacted; the originals are closed until January 1, 2050. They are filed numerically by the number BACE gave each student. Fragile questionnaires were photocopied and the copies were used for redacting.
Series V, INTERNATIONAL CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (ICEA), 1955-1991 (#15.7-17.5, 17.20m), contains correspondence, childbirth preparation kits, instructors' kits, brochures, booklets, membership directories, conference materials, and handbooks. ICEA was the international professional organization for childbirth educators with which BACE was actively involved.
Series VI, OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS, 1939-1993 (#17.6-20.13), contains material from other childbirth and health care organizations, such as publishers, hospitals, and insurance companies. The section includes correspondence, booklets, newsletters, conference reports, teaching aids, and syllabi.
One of the founders of BACE and its first instructor was Justine Kelliher, nurse and natural childbirth educator. Justine Oren (Woollett) Kelliher was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 22, 1920, to Ralph Sidney Woollett and Margaret Elizabeth (Smith) Woollett. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Albany, New York in 1938, attended summer courses on typing and shorthand at the Bryant and Stratton Business School (1938), received her B.A. from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart (1942), an M.A. in biology from Brown University (1943), and an M.N. from Yale School of Nursing (1946), and participated in the Cadet Nurse Program at Yale. She married Giles Clement Kelliher in 1948; they had six children. She was a staff nurse at the Boston Lying-in Hospital (1946-1947) and the Boston Visiting Nurse Association (1947-1948); parent educator at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Boston (1967); staff nurse at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston (1968); Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Massachusetts (1970-1971); Chetwynde Nursing Home, Newton (1980-1982). Kelliher began coaching mothers in natural childbirth in 1949; she retired as a nurse in 1982.
- Series I. Leadership, 1934-1993 (#1.1-2.13, OD.1, E.1)
- Series II. Committees, 1948-1993 (#2.14-6.8, 21FB.1-22OB.3, F+D.1, OD.2-OD.3, 1sl-2sl, Vt-137.1 - Vt-137.2, Phon-32.1 - Phon-32.2)
- Series III. Nursing Mothers' Council, 1964-1981, n.d. (#6.9-6.16)
- Series IV. Students, 1949-1979 (#6.17-15.6, 23CB, PD.1)
- Series V. International Childbirth Education Association, 1955-1991 (#15.7-17.5, 17.20m)
- Series VI. Other Organizations and Publications, 1939-1993 (#17.6-20.13)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These records of the Boston Association for Childbirth Education were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Boston Association for Childbirth Education in April 2000 and September 2012, and by Sylvia D. Sawin in March 2003.
- Briefs, vol. 29, no.7-vol. 47, no. 5.
- Birth and Family Journal, vol. 1, no. 1-vol. 7, no. 4.
- La Leche League News, vol. 12, no. 1-vol. 19, no. 3.
By: Deborah A. Richards
Updated and additional material added: May 2017
By: Jenny Gotwals
- Boston Association for Childbirth Education. Records of the Boston Association for Childbirth Education, 1934-1993 (inclusive), 1953-1993 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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