A Guide to The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood records, 1935-2004 The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood records, 1935-2004 M 333

A Guide to The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood records, 1935-2004

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library
Collection Number M 333


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Processed by: Yuki Dixon and Celina Williams

Repository
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Accession number
M 333
Title
The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood records, 1935-2004
Physical Characteristics
2.49 linear feet
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood records, 1935-2004. Accession M 333, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University

Acquisition Information

Grace S. Sparks, Executive Director of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, donated the collection on July 26, 2004.

Biographical/Historical Information

The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, Inc. received its charter from the State Corporation Commission in 1940, two years before the national organization changed its name from the Birth Control Federation of America to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. The founders of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood include Ellen Harvie Smith, President of the Virginia Tuberculosis Association; Mrs. Fred Alexander, Chairman of Health and Welfare for the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs; Douglas Southall Freeman, historian and editor of the Richmond News-Leader; Coleman Baskerville, architect; and Dr. H. Hudnall Ware, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of America. The organization dedicated its early efforts to education and advocacy for family planning and women's health. In 1975, the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood opened a clinic that offered health services to women and adolescents using a sliding fee scale. Since 1994, the clinic has offered first- trimester abortions. Reproductive health care and education for men and women of all ages continues to be a central focus of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of publications, histories, newspaper clippings, letters to the editor, Richmond City proclamations, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and publications.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by format: papers; photographs; items from photo albums; city proclamations and miscellaneous; scrapbooks; and ephemera. The papers, photographs, city proclamations, and ephemera are organized alphabetically and chronologically therein. The items from photo albums were removed from their original photo albums for the purpose of preservation. The items are grouped by photo album and are numbered to reflect their original order. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.

Contents List

Documents and Publications, 1940-2004 . 1, Box

Contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, and historical essays on the organization.

  • Sparks, Grace S., Director, 1989-2004 . 1:1, Box-folder
  • Correspondence, 1973-1990 . 1:2, Box-folder
  • Histories, 1950s-1970s . 1:3, Box-folder
  • Histories, 1980s-1990s . 1:4, Box-folder
  • Letters to the editor, 1990-1994 . 1:5, Box-folder
  • Letters to the editor, 1995-2004 . 1:6, Box-folder
  • Letters to the editor, undated . 1:7, Box-folder
  • Newspaper clippings, 1989-1994 . 1:8, Box-folder
  • Newspaper clippings, 1995-2004 . 1:9, Box-folder
  • Planned Parenthood Action Network, circa 2004 . 1:10, Box-folder
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America publications, 1945, 1962, undated . 1:11, Box-folder
  • Publications, 1940s-1950s . 1:12, Box-folder
  • Publications, 1960s-1970s . 1:13, Box-folder
  • Publications, 1980s-2004 . 1:14, Box-folder
Photographs, 1980s-2004, undated . 2, Box

Contains miscellaneous photographs.

  • Cheek, Mary Tyler, undated . 2:1, Box-folder
  • Every Child a Wanted Child party, 1982 . 2:2, Box-folder
  • March for Women's Lives, 1989 . 2:3, Box-folder
  • March for Women's Lives, 2004 . 2:4, Box-folder
  • Miscellaneous photographs, 1980s . 2:5, Box-folder
  • Miscellaneous photographs, 1991 . 2:6, Box-folder
  • Miscellaneous photographs, undated . 2:7, Box-folder
  • Miscellaneous negatives, undated . 2:8, Box-folder
  • Office photographs, 1987 . 2:9, Box-folder
  • Planned Parenthood Office, 1218 West Franklin St., undated . 2:10, Box-folder
  • Praxis, undated . 2:11, Box-folder
Photo albums, 1985-1997 . 2, Box

Contains photographs, articles, and flyers that were removed from photo albums for preservation.

  • "45 Years in the Family Business," 1985 . 2:1-9, Box-folder
  • Photo album, 1991 . 2:10-13, Box-folder
  • Special Friends photo album, 1996-1997 . 2:14-17, Box-folder
City of Richmond Proclamations, Certificates of Recognition, Guest Book, 1980-2000 . 3-4, Box

Contains City of Richmond Proclamations, certificates of recognition, and a guest book.

  • Family Sexuality Education Month, Certificate of Recognition, 1986 . 3:1, Box-folder
  • Campaign to Save Our Children, City of Richmond Proclamation, 1992 . 3:2, Box-folder
  • Guest book with photographs, 1980-1984 . 3:3, Box-folder
  • Let's Listen-Let's Talk Month, City of Richmond Proclamation, 1992 . 3:4, Box-folder
  • Let's Listen-Let's Talk Month, City of Richmond Proclamation, circa 1994-1996 . 4:1, Box-folder
  • Let's Listen-Let's Talk Month, City of Richmond Proclamation, circa 1994-1996 . 4:2, Box-folder
  • Margaret Sanger Day, Certificate of Recognition and City of Richmond Proclamation, 1979 . 4:3, Box-folder
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, City of Richmond Proclamation, 2000 . 4:4, Box-folder
Scrapbooks, 1935-1969 . 5-7, Box
  • Scrapbook, 1942-1943 . 5, Box
  • Scrapbook, 1943-1944 . 5, Box
  • Scrapbook, 1935, 1944-1954 . 6, Box
  • Scrapbook, 1944-1961 . 6, Box
  • Scrapbook, 1959-1966 . 7, Box
  • Scrapbook, 1966-1969 . 7, Box
Ephemera, circa 2000-2004 . 74, Map-case

Contains signs, posters, and miscellaneous ephemera.

  • Behind Every Choice is a Story. Roe v. Wade 1973-2003, poster, 2003 .
  • March for Women's Lives, poster, 2004 .
  • March for Women's Lives, tube, 2004 .
  • Stand Up for Choice! sign, 2004 .