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Descriptive inventory for the Planned Parenthood Association Chicago Area records, 1917-1980

Planned Parenthood Association Chicago Area records

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Descriptive inventory for the Planned Parenthood Association Chicago Area records, 1917-1980

Prepared by Rebecca Hartman and Bob Morrissey, 1997; rev. by Chris Tounsel, 2005; revised 2009; Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Planned Parenthood Association Chicago Area records, 1917-1980 (inclusive)
Creators: Planned Parenthood Association Chicago Area
Leontyne Hunt
Dates: 1917-1980 (inclusive)
Bib number: 00066722
Call number: MSS Lot P
Size: 11.5 linear feet (28 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Planned Parenthood Association Chicago Area.

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Planned Parenthood Association Chicago Area records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Various publications of Planned Parenthood are cataloged separately at Chicago History Museum, Research Center.

Collection Summary +/-

Memos, mailings, board minutes (incomplete), correspondence, and pamphlets related to fundraising and various policy issues. Limited information is contained in correspondence regarding various projects of the Chicago association in cooperation with hospitals and auxiliary suburban PPA groups. The collection is divided into three series; Series 1 consists of internal office files of correspondence and memoranda from the Planned Parenthood Association office in Chicago arranged alphabetically according to subject. Series 2 is composed mainly of leaflets, pamphlets, newsletters and printed material, as well as some correspondence, from the Planned Parenthood Association’s national office in New York; Series 3 consists mainly of printed material related to, but not published by, the Planned Parenthood Association, primarily newspaper clippings arranged chronologically, as well as pamphlets and leaflets arranged topically.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

A committee, originally organized in 1916 by birth-control pioneer Margaret Sanger, applied for a state charter and was incorporated in April 1924 as the "Illinois Birth Control League," a philanthropic and educational non-profit organization. The objective of this organization was to "develop an honest and intelligent public opinion on the subject of child-spacing, and to advance and make available, under medical direction, scientific knowledge concerning the method of contraception."

In October 1946, the organization called variously "Maternal Welfare Centers of Chicago," "Margaret Sanger Centers," "Illinois Birth Control League," and "Planned Parenthood League of Illinois" was finally incorporated in the State of Illinois as "Planned Parenthood Association, Chicago Area." Articles of amendment and incorporation were signed and verified on January 18, 1947. The association’s first annual meeting was held at that time.

Since 1947 the organization has grown in scope and effectiveness by including birth-control methods, contraception, abortion, and programs for education on such matters, in addition to child-spacing and other issues. The association has also added programs over the years for social services, medical and social research, teen education and counseling, and male education.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Abortion--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Abortion--United States--20th century
Birth control--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Birth control--United States--20th century
Contraception--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Contraception--United States--20th century
Women--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Women--United States--20th century
Organizations:
Illinois Birth Control League
Margaret Sanger Centers
Maternal Welfare Centers of Chicago
Planned Parenthood Association Chicago Area--Archives
Planned Parenthood League of Illinois
Genre/Form:
Announcements
Correspondence
Minutes
Newsletters
Newspaper clippings
Pamphlets
Reports
Geographic:
Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in three series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Chicago office files, 1917-1980 (box 1-18)
Series 2. National office, Planned Parenthood, 1925-1973 (box 19-22)
Series 3. Printed material, 1950-1970 (box 23-28)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Mary LaMotte Silverstein using Oxygen XML editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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