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Planned Parenthood Southeast:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

May 2011

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Hilary Morrish, July 2010.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Planned Parenthood Southeast
Title:Planned Parenthood Southeast records
Dates: 1961-2001
Quantity: 14.6 linear ft. (in 13 boxes)
Identification: W084

Organization of the Planned Parenthood Southeast Records

Organized into two series:
Series I. Planned Parenthood Association of Atlanta (PPAA), 1964-1997
Series II. Planned Parenthood of Georgia (PPGA), 1997-2010
It is anticipated that the collection will expand in the future to include more records for Planned Parenthood of Georgia and the records of Planned Parenthood Southeast.

Scope and Content of the Records

Planned Parenthood Southeast Records comprise primarily the administrative files from the offices of Planned Parenthood Association of Atlanta. The records include training manuals and guidelines that assisted staff and volunteers with the day to day operations of the family planning facility, as well as program files, the records of various committees, and some legislative materials. The history of PPAA, from its inception in 1964 into the 1990s, is documented in nine scrapbooks consisting of newsclippings and photographs. Topics in the scrapbook clippings include topics from technological advances in birth control and reproductive health to the events and milestones of the organization.

History of Planned Parenthood Southeast

Margaret Sanger, a practicing nurse, began Planned Parenthood New York in 1916 to provide family planning services for low income and immigrant women. Decisive legislation in the 1930's legalized birth control in New York, Vermont and Connecticut, and gradually, as legislation allowed, Sanger was able to disseminate information on birth control methods through opening health clinics across the nation.

The Atlanta, Georgia affiliate of Planned Parenthood was founded in 1964 by Mrs. Herbert (Esther) Taylor. Mrs. Taylor brought together representatives of churches, professionals and businesses to organize what was then called the Planned Parenthood Association of the Atlanta Area, Inc., (PPAA) and later (in the 1980's) simply referred to as Planned Parenthood of Atlanta. At the time of PPAA's founding, Fulton County had one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the nation: statistics showed 50,000 women in greater Atlanta between the ages of 15 and 45 needed family planning services but could not afford a private physician. In 1966, the first Planned Parenthood clinic opened at the Bethlehem Community Center, and by 1974 Planned Parenthood of Atlanta was operating nine clinics throughout the Atlanta area, serving 7, 000 patients a year.

In 1997, clinic outreach was further expanded when Planned Parenthood of East-Central Georgia joined with Planned Parenthood of the Atlanta Area to become Planned Parenthood of Georgia.

In 2010, Planned Parenthood Georgia combined with the Alabama and Mississippi affiliates, and together they became Planned Parenthood Southeast.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Planned Parenthood Southeast--Archives
Scott, Kay
Taylor, Esther
Wattleton, Faye
Abortion--Law and legislation--United States
Birth control
Pro-choice movement--Political aspects--United States
Pro-life movement--Moral and ethical aspects--United States.
Pro-life movement--United States--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Reproductive freedom
Reproductive rights and policy
Reproductive health
Right-to-life movement (Anti-abortion movement)
Women political activists
Printed materials
Training manuals


Restrictions on Access

Access to certain items restricted to preserve privacy.

Access to original scrapbooks is restricted because of preservation concerns. Digital versions of the scrapbooks are accessible in the Special Collections and Archives reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], Planned Parenthood Southeast Records, W084, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Planned Parenthood of Georgia, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, 2010.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Georgians for Choice Records (W084)
Nancy Boothe Papers (W079)
NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia Records (W072)
The Activist Women Oral History Collection includes interviews with PPSE CEO Kay Scott, and VP for External Affairs, Leola Reis. It also includes interviews with other pro-choice activists, including Elaine Alexander, Nancy Boothe, Stephanie Davis, Judith Rooks, Judith Taylor, Elaine Taylor-Klaus, and Sarah Weddington.

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, printed materials such as periodicals and pamphlets, were separated to Women's Printed Collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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