Finding Aid for the California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion records, 1966-1974

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Descriptive Summary

Title: California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion records,
Date (inclusive): 1966-1974
Collection number: 1195
Creator: California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion
Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Ruth Roemer (b.1916) is an activist and advocate on such issues as women's reproductive rights, tobacco laws, health manpower, AIDS, and national health insurance. Before Roe vs. Wade, she helped establish and served as vice-chair of the California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion to help legalize abortion. She influenced California to become the second state to pass a law allowing abortion on certain categorical grounds. The collection consists of correspondence, papers and printed materials of the California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion, including files, articles, pamphlets, legal briefs, speeches, photographs, press releases, clippings, and other materials, including those from vice-chair Ruth Roemer.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ruth Roemer, 1976 and 1979.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion Records (Collection 1195). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 709548 

Biography

Ruth Roemer earned a JD from Cornell Law School in 1939; as a research associate at Cornell in the late 1950s, she worked on a study of mental hospital admission laws in New York; her group's research was published under the title, Mental illness and due process, and the New York state legislature enacted many of its recommendations into law; Roemer became an activist and advocate on such issues as women's reproductive rights, tobacco laws, health manpower, AIDS, and national health insurance; before Roe vs. Wade, she helped establish and served as vice-chair of the California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion to help legalize abortion; influenced California to become the second state to pass a law allowing abortion on certain categorical grounds; wrote second edition of a monograph for the World Health Organization, reviewing worldwide legislation to control the tobacco epidemic; she also fought for the implementation of a national health insurance program for the U.S.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, papers and printed materials of the California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion, including files, articles, pamphlets, legal briefs, speeches, photographs, press releases, clippings, and other materials, including those from vice-chair Ruth Roemer.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence files (Boxes 1-2).
  2. Printed materials, mostly articles (Boxes 2-3).
  3. Ruth Roemer files (Boxes 4-11).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Roemer, Ruth, 1916- --Archives.
California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion--Archives.
Abortion--Government policy--Citizen participation.
Pro-choice movement--California--Archival resources.

Related Material

Frances Noel Papers (Collection 814) . Available at the UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

Container List

 

Correspondence Files

Box 1, Folder 1

Bar Association. 1966

Box 1, Folder 2

Belous Case. 1969

Note

[See also folder 5 below]
Box 1, Folder 3

Bylaws (CCTA). 1966

Box 1, Folder 4

CCTA correspondence. 1971-1974

Box 1, Folder 5

California Supreme Court -- Belous Case. 1969

Note

[See also folder 2 above]
Box 1, Folder 6

Constitutional Defense Project. 1974

Box 1, Folder 7

Iles report. 1974

Scope and Content Note

[ re investigative trip to Washington, New York and Boston for CCTA, made by Rev. Robert H. Iles.]
Box 1, Folder 8

James Madison Consitutional Law Institute. 1970

Box 1, Folder 9

Kinsolving, Rev. Lester. 1966-1967

Box 1, Folder 10

Legal Documents re founding of CCTA. 1966-1967

Box 1, Folder 11

NARAL (National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws].

Box 1, Folder 12

New York legal case. 1969

Scope and Content Note

[Robert E. Hall, M.D., and others vs. the Honorable Louis J. Lefkowitz, Attorney General of New York and others, 69 Civ. 4284, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.]
Box 1, Folder 13

Ramirez Case. 1974

Box 1, Folder 14

Religious coalition, Southern California. 1974

Box 1, Folder 15

Society for Humane Abortion, San Francisco. 1966-1968

 

Correspondence and Printed Materials

Box 2, Folder 1

Hodgson case. 1970

Box 2, Folder 2

Spanish translations of publicity material. 1970

Box 2, Folder 3

Statement on proposed humane abortion act. 1965

Box 2, Folder 4

UCLA-CCTA Conference. January 1971

Box 2, Folder 5

Various talks.

Box 2, Folders 6-10

Various printed materials.

Box 2, Folder 11

Photocopies of letter to Elizabeth Canfield and others re family planning. 1962-1965

Box 3

Various printed materials, mostly offprints of articles.

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of a report on the California Conference on abortion, Santa Barbara, California, February 10-11, 1968.
Boxes 4-11

Files of Mrs. Ruth Roemer. 1960s-1970s

Note

[Added to collection, July, 1979]
 

This concludes the end of the UCLA catalogued index. The following list is of the files as they appear in the rest of the collection.

Box 4, Folder 1

California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion, Correspondence. 1969-1970

Scope and Content Note

[Includes minutes of meetings]
Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence. 1969-1970

Scope and Content Note

re action outside California.
Box 4, Folder 3

California Conference on Abortion, Santa Barbara. 1968

Box 4, Folder 4

Abortion in Nevada. 1968

Box 4, Folder 5

Clergy Counseling Service.

Box 4, Folder 6

Shively Brief.

Box 4, Folder 7

Belous Case.

Box 5, Folder 1

Post-legislation CCTA activities [clarification of what is now legal...].

Box 5, Folder 2

Post-Belous Legal Actions.

Box 5, Folder 3

Abortion Materials [clippings and lectures].

Box 5, Folder 4

Materials on California.

Box 6, Folder 1

CCTA. 1972

Box 6, Folder 2

CCTA. 1973

Box 6, Folder 3

Abortion. 1974

Box 6, Folder 4

Abortion, New York.

Box 6, Folder 5

National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws.

Box 6, Folder 6

The Terrible Choice.

Box 6, Folder 7

Association for the Study of Abortion, Conference.

Box 6, Folder 8

Abortion, Europe [articles and papers].

Box 7, Folder 1

British Abortion Act. 1967

Box 7, Folder 2

New Zealand--Abortion and Child Welfare.

Box 7, Folder 3

Abortion--South American.

Box 7, Folder 4

Asia.

Box 7, Folder 5

CCTA [lists of people endorsing repeal]. 1966

Box 8, Folders 1-2

Materials on Abortion.

Box 8, Folder 3

Materials and Notes.

Box 9, Folder 1

Abortion back-up materials.

Box 9, Folder 2

Recent Foreign Materials -- Abortion Law.

Box 9, Folder 3

Los Angeles Times series -- “Abortion 4 years later.”

Box 9, Folder 4

Pro-Choice... The fight Back [NARAL newsletters]. 1977-1979

Box 9, Folder 5

CCTA, Publicity Committee. 1966

Box 9, Folder 6

Abortion Statements and signers.

Box 9, Folder 7

CCTA, Therapeutic Abortion Symposium. 1971

Box 9, Folder 8

[No further description available] 1974

Box 10, Folder 1

Materials from Roy Lucus.

Scope and Content Note

[Opnions and briefs in numerous Abortion cases around the country.]
Box 10, Folder 2

Abortion Materials, USA.

Box 10, Folder 3

Abortion Laws of the World.

Box 10, Folder 4

Abortion Legislation.

Box 10, Folder 5

Application to the Sunnen Foundation re public funding of abortion services.

Box 10, Folder 6

Abortion, California.

Scope and Content Note

[annual reports on implementation of California Therapeutic Abortion Act]
Box 10, Folder 7

Dr. Edelin.

Note

[Performed legal abortion, convicted of manslaughter.]
Box 10, Folder 8

Abortion--Hawaii.

Box 10, Folder 9

Abortion Standards.

Box 10, Folder 10

San Francisco Doctors [Shively].

Box 11, Folder 1

Abortion, Holding the Line.

Box 11, Folder 2

CCTA Newsletters.

Box 11, Folder 3

ASA Newsletter.

Box 11, Folder 4

Bibliographies.

Box 11, Folder 5

Medicaid Abortions (Citizens for Free Choice).

Box 11, Folder 6

Doctor's Brief--Barksdale.