Choices Series, 1945-2000 and undated, bulk 1976-2000

48 boxes
Scope and content:

Contains records documenting the policies, practices, and daily operations of the Choices Women's Medical Center, one of the first outpatient abortion clinics in the United States as well as a general women's health provider. Organized into the following subseries: Correspondence, Subject Files, Legal Papers, Personnel, Security, Staff Files, Marketing, Operations, and Electronic Format. Choices organizational charts and staff rosters are available for reference in the Research Room's inventory files; please contact Research Services.

The Choices records primarily provide the perspective of health providers rather than patients. However, the series does includes some information on patient experience at the clinic; see especially the patient surveys and questionnaires in the Subject Files Subseries, and a small amount of patient correspondence in the Correspondence Subseries. In addition, the Marketing Files contain some information on the demographics of Choices patients. Staff involvement in the wider pro-choice movement and in other political causes, as well as defending against anti-abortion violence, is documented throughout the series; see especially the Subject Files, the Outreach Subseries, and the Security Subseries. Pro-choice organizations represented in the series include the National Abortion Federation and the National Coalition of Abortion Providers. See below for further description of each subseries.

Related materials can be found in the Personal Series, the Photographic Materials Series, and the Audiovisual Series.


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