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EAD version 2002 finding aid created in
XMetaL 4.5 by Hilary Morrish,
Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Planned Parenthood Southeast
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Organization of the Planned Parenthood Southeast Records
Organized into two series:
Series I. Planned Parenthood Association of Atlanta (PPAA),
Series II. Planned Parenthood of Georgia (PPGA),
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
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.
movement--Political aspects--United States
and ethical aspects--United States.
States--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Reproductive rights and
Women political activists
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.
[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.
Donated by Planned Parenthood of Georgia, 2010.
Processed by Hilary Morrish, 2010.
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: 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.