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New Collections and Online Resources

New Acquisitions

Here are a few of the many exciting new collections we've received in recent years:

Alan Guttmacher Institute Records, 20 linear ft., 1960-2013 (ongoing). Birth control advocacy organization; Birth control research organization.
The records document especially well the efforts of a fact-finding organization determined to disseminate as widely as possible the data it collects so as to help shape policy to increase access to reproductive health services, and to "to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide."
Asian American Reproductive Justice Oral History Project (2012-2014), Feminists; Journalists; Social reformers; Reproductive health advocates.
Seventeen oral history interviews (audio recordings and transcripts) conducted by Juhee Kwon with organizers in the Reproductive Justice movement with the specific aim of capturing voices of Asian American women and their fight for reproductive justice since the 1980s. See also New Online Resources below.

Cover of Khmer Girls in Action 'Zine, 2011
(Asian American Reproductive Justice Oral History Project)

Swanee Hunt Papers, 155 linear ft., 1968-2013 (ongoing). Ambassador; Clergy member; Composer; Feminist; Foundation executive; Marriage counselor; Philanthropist; Political activist; Professor; Photographer; Reproductive health advocate; Rancher.
The papers document Ambassador Hunt's service as the American Ambassador in Austria during a most volatile period and her efforts to provide programming to assist, especially women, in the aftermath of the break up of the Soviet Union and during the Bosnian War. Also well represented within the papers are the activities of the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
Mariam Ching Yoon Louie Papers, 11 linear ft., circa 1970-2012. Labor organizer; Women's rights activist; Author; Activist; Poet.
Major topics include women and labor organizing, Asian American women's history, social justice activism, international women's rights, and issues surrounding race, class, immigration and poverty in the U.S. Especially impressive is the range of material related to grassroots Asian and Latina immigrant workers' organizations, from the 1970s through the early 2000s.
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum Records, 5 linear ft., 1995-2013. Advocacy group; Civil rights activists.
Major topics include women's rights, reproductive rights, women's health, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights, immigration reform, domestic violence, human trafficking, labor reform, economic justice, voter registration initiatives, and the history of NAPAWF activism.
Women of Color Resource Center Records, 5 linear ft., 1984-2011. Grassroots network; Welfare rights, reproductive rights, and women's health advocacy organization.
The WCRC seeks to educate and empower women and girls of color, helping them to become effective leaders while at the same time advocating for public policies that help women of color, and bringing their concerns to the forefront of all social justice and women's rights movements. The records document the organization's advocacy for women and families of color and issues around race, gender, poverty and social justice activism in the U.S; global women's issues and advocacy for women's rights, reproductive health and economic development.

Note: although these collections are open to research, they have not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use. Also, access to some materials may not be immediate. For collections housed in remote storage we require 48 hours advance notice of your visit. For more information see Access to Collections


Newly processed collections, now open for research

Byllye Avery Papers, 7.5 linear ft., 1976-2005 (ongoing). Health reformer; Reproductive rights advocate.
The papers document Avery's work as an activist in the field of black women's health and reproductive rights. Materials relating to Avery's involvement in the Black Women's Health Imperative are also included.
Diana Davies Papers, 17 linear ft., 1960s-1996 (ongoing). Musician; Photographer; Artist.
The collection consists primarily of Davies' photographs of individuals and groups, musicians, artists, political activists in the civil rights, peace, anti-poverty, and feminist events (marches, demonstrations, conferences, etc.); celebrities, musicians, politicians, and street people. Included is material related to her publication Photojourney.
Saralee Hamilton Papers, 9.75 linear ft., 1911-2013. Feminist; Administrator; Reproductive rights advocate.
The papers include early records of the Reproductive Rights National Network, and materials documenting international women's rights organizing. Topics include sterilization abuse, reproductive rights advocacy and politics, lesbian and gay liberation, grassroots organizing, international women's rights, and rights for women laborers in the U.S. and in developing countries. Central American and Asian women's organizations are especially well-represented.
Reproductive Rights National Network Records, 8.25 linear ft., 1970-1985. Reproductive rights advocacy group.
The records contain materials on political actions and activities; abortion legislation; affiliate organizations; women's clinics across the U.S.; and subject files. Member organization and subject files comprise the bulk of the records. In addition there are significant materials on allied organizations. Subjects include abortion, sterilization, other women's health issues, and the anti-abortion movement.

New Online Resources

Streaming media playlists recently added to our website:

The Asian American Reproductive Justice Oral History Project

Video from the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995

Guida West, welfare rights activist: audio interviews

Equal Rights Amendment Campaign Archives Project

Beijing Conference 1995
Video still from Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995

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