Emma Goldman Clinic (Iowa City, Iowa) records
The Administration series (1973-2001) is the largest series of the collection.Â It includes information on the day-to-day operation of the clinic as a feminist health collective and as a business. It includes committee minutes, advertising brochures and posters, and correspondence between clinic staff and the general public. The Quad Cities location subseries contains documents about a proposed expansion of EGC into the region in the mid-1990s and includes fundraising records, letters of opposition and support from Quad Cities residents, and newspaper clippings. Materials that pertain to Iowa's parental notification law and a lawsuit filed by EGC against Operation Rescue complete this series.
The EGC projects series (1972-2005) includes information about major projects sponsored by EGC, notably the cervical cap project and the safer sex kit project. It also contains information about fundraisers and community events sponsored by the EGC, including annual Choice Dinners. The services and information subseries is comprised of scholarly articles, brochures, and newsletters that relate to a variety of medical and health issues.
The Anti-abortion movement series (1978-2003) contains books, pamphlets, a videocassette tape, and newsletters from local and national anti-abortion organizations and activists. It also includes materials about abortion providers who were targeted by anti-abortion activists. This series contains materials about an effort to boycott businesses that worked with the EGC in the early 1990s. Records include information about the types of tactics anti-abortion activists employed in Iowa City and throughout the United States. Some of the correspondence, photographs, and brochures contain graphic images or threatening language.
The Pro-choice movement series (1977-1996) is comprised of newsletters, correspondence, and memoranda related to feminist health centers across the United States and local and national pro-choice organizations. This series includes information about the types of tactics pro-choice activists used to protect clinic buildings, staff, and patients from harassment, bombings, and assassinations.
The Publications, EGC series (1978-2008) contains newsletters, pamphlets, and medical booklets published by the EGC.Â The largest newsletter in the series is Emma's Journal, which includes articles about topics ranging from clinic security to health issues to community events; most of the articles are written by clinic staff. This series also includes student essays that reflect on the history and philosophy of the EGC.
The Publications, non-EGC series (1971-1996) includes academic journals, scholarly articles, organizational newsletters, and books that were not published by the EGC, but include information related to health care or feminist activism. This series contains indices of a variety of articles on topics such as feminism, medicine, and politics. An original copy of Our Bodies, Our Selves, published by the Boston Women's Health Collective completes the series.
The Newspaper clippings series (1973-2000) contains newspaper articles from local, state, and national newspapers. Most of the articles were pertain to the Emma Goldman Clinic, local and national anti-abortion activism, and responses to the vandalism of clinics and violence against clinic personnel. The majority of articles are from Iowa newspapers.
The Photographs series (1970s-2000) includes an assortment of photographs, including interior and exterior shots of EGC buildings, annual Choice Dinners, anti-abortion pickets, and still shots of clinic staff and volunteers. Many of the photographs are labeled according to event. Approximately one-third of the photographs are not labeled.
The Scrapbook (1973-1986) consists primarily of newspaper clippings.Â It also includes flyers and correspondence.Â Many of the newspaper clippings pertain to the opening of the Emma Goldman Clinic in 1973.Â The Artifacts series includes a t-shirt designed by EGC staff, birth control devices, and educational materials about safer sex practices.
- Emma Goldman Clinic (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Confidential information in the administrative files has been redacted, and redacted copies are available to researchers. Originals of the redacted items are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.
Conditions Governing Use
23.00 linear feet
Photographs in boxes 36, 49-50, 58-60<br>5 audiocassettes [AC1308-AC1312]<br>1 CD [d0052]<br>2 videocassettes [V385, V171] other_unmapped
Arrangement Administration Boxes 1-30
EGC projects Boxes 30-48
Anti-abortion movement Boxes 48-50
Pro-choice movement Boxes 50-53
Publications, EGC Boxes 53-54
Publications, non-EGC Boxes 54-56
Newspaper clippings Boxes 56-57
Photographs Boxes 36, 59-50, and 58-60
Scrapbook Box 61
Artifacts Boxes 38 and 62-63
Biographical / Historical
Method of Acquisition
Other Descriptive Information
- Sandi Solis, 2000-2002; and Karissa Haugeberg, 2008.
- Language of description