Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania Records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 315, 319, 413, 683
8 linear feet (8 boxes)
Collecting Area: 



Historical Note

PPSP officially began on January 9,1927, as the Pennsylvania Birth Control League although its members had met and discussed birth control since 1922. The organizations stated purpose was threefold: lobby for laws favorable to birth control, provide information and educate the public about birth control, and finally, provide birth control services for the public by establishing clinics.

In 1929 the League opened its first clinic, the Maternal Health Center, at 69th and Market Streets. A clinic committee was organized to oversee clinic operations. A separate fund was created for bail in abortion arrests. The clinic moved to 253 South 15th street in 1933 and by 1940 there were fifteen clinics in operation.

The Leagues name was changed to Planned Parenthood Association in 1947, in order to confirm to the national organization, and again in 1968 to its present name. During that time, the clinic moved to 2004 Walnut street and 1402 Spruce street, in 1956and 1969 respectively. Clinics were established in other areas such as Chester during this same period. PPSP offered for the first time pregnancy testing and option counseling in 1970, and moved its location in 1975.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into nine series:

Series I: Administration and Organization
Series II: Financial Materials
Series III: Correspondence
Series IV: Publications
Series V: Projects
Series VI: Branch Offices
Series VII: Other Organizations
Series VIII: Subject Files
Series IX: Miscellaneous Files


Series I : Administration and Organization

Box 1

Agency Information
Annual Meeting, October 15-19, 1986
Annual Report, Education Department1973-1974
Annual Report, Education Department1974-1975
Annual Report, Education Department1975-1976
Annual Report, Education Department1976-1977
Board Committee Minutes,Development Committee, 1982-1986
Board Committee Minutes,Executive Director, 1982-1985
Board Committee Minutes,Miscellaneous, 1982-1986
Board Committee Minutes,Nominating Committee, 1982-1985
Board Meetings
Civil Action
Comments from Clients
Communications-Newsletters Ideas
Development Department Report
Education Reports
Equipment,Clinic Needs
Equipment,Office Needs
Evaluation Reports, 1980-
Family Life Program, Documentation
Family Life Program, Reports
Goals and Objectives of PPSP, 1982
Handicapped Report, 1981
Institutes Reports 1983-1985
Miscellaneous,1920-1969 (6 Folders) (non-inclusive)


Miscellaneous, 1970-1985 (12 Folders)
Printing Needs
Publications Advisory Committee
Resource Center
Sample Calendar

Series II: Financial Materials

Audiovisual Needs / Proposals, 1983
Development Department Year-End Report
Education and Training Proposals, 1981-1982
Education Budget
Energy Consumption
Founders of the Education Department
Fund Raising, Miniature Show, 1981
Fund Raising, Miscellaneous
Major Gift Letters
Medical Costs / Medical Equipment Needs


Miscellaneous,1950-1973 (9 folders)
Miscellaneous,1975-1986 (11 folders)
Proposals,Food for Thought
Proposals,Handicapped, 1981
Proposals,Institute Proposal and Budget, 1983
Proposals,Miscellaneous, 1981-1983
Proposals,Peer Education Program
Proposals,Youth Program
Report, 1971
Revenues and Expenses

Series III: Correspondence

Direct Mail Letters
Education Comments
Jim and Debbie Zug
Miscellaneous, 1950-1985 (4 folders) (noninclusive)
Thank you Cards and Letters

Series IV: Publication

All in the Family
Miscellaneous , 1950-1982 ( noninclusive)

Series V : Projects


Al Moran Luncheon
Chester Family Life Program
Citywide Action Program
Combined Health Program
Education and Training Programs
Family Life Program (2 folders)
Family Management Workshop
Madame Sadat Event (2 folders)
MARCH Luncheon, 1986
Minter Film
Miscellaneous,1955-1979 (7 folders) (non-inclusive)
Miscellaneous,1980-1986 (5 folders)
Mother / Daughter Program
Peer Education
Population Education, 1977-1982


Program Summaries
Proposal to Train Health Nurses
Reading Terminal Event
Robin Chandler Dulce Event
Sex Education for the Deaf
Sexuality Through the Life Cycle Conference
Teen Conference and Follow Ups, 1978-1979,1982-1984
Teen Fathers, 1984
Trainer Scholarship Program
Values Clarification
Volunteer Training Programs

Series VI: Branch Offices

Bright Hope Baptist Church
Delaware County: Chester, Etc.
Miscellaneous, 1966-1969
Montgomery County: Pottstown, Morristown.

Series VII: Other Organizations

Alan Guttmacher Institute
Association for Voluntary Sterilization, Inc. (AVC)
Bronstein Weiss Assoc., Inc.
Center for Population Option
Center for Population Funding
Child Abuse Prevention Effort (CAPE)
City/State Government
Combined Health Appeal of Delaware Valley, Inc.(3 folders)
Commerce and Industry Combined Health Appeal (CICHA)
Community Chest
Family Planning Council
Harvard Center for Population Studies
Health and Welfare Council , Inc
Institute for Family Planning
Junior League
Medallic Art Co.
Moral Majority and Other Religious Groups
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
NSFRE, Meetings,1982-1985
NSFRE, Miscellaneous

Box 6

Philadelphia Orchestra / Academy of Music
Planned Parenthood Affiliates,Miscellaneous
Planned Parenthood Affiliates,Pennsylvania
Planned Parenthood World Population / Federation of America, Inc.Mid Atlantic Region
Planned Parenthood World Population / Federation of America, Inc.Miscellaneous ( 3 folders)
Population Reference Bureau, Inc.
Sex Information and Education Council of the U. S.(SIECUS)
United States Government
United Way
Urban League
Wellesley-in –Philadelphia
Women's Way
World Watch
Zero Population Growth

Series VIII: Subject Files

African Americans
Birth Control
Campaign for Federal Employees (CFE)
Education Issues
John Franklin Award
Lydia B. Stokes Foundation
Men in Family Planning
Natural Family Planning
Parents as Sex Educators 1981
Population Education
Senior Citizens as Sex Educators
Sex Education
Sexuality and Life Cycle Conference, 1983


Spanish Language Materials
Squeal Rule
Stokes, Mrs. S. Emlen
Stokes Clinic, Dedication, December 19, 1975
Stokes Clinic, Plaques and Medals

Series IX. Miscellaneous Files

Miscellaneous Booklets, Film Clippings, and Brochures
Abortion, 1965-1985 (9 Folders)
Abortion Miscellaneous (2 Folders)
Abortion Write- in Campaign
Birth Control

Box 8

Newsclippings Census / Economics
Chester, PA
Child Abuse
Clinic Harassment
Family Planning Funding
General Health
Illegal Abortions
Infant Mortality
International Family Planning
Opinion Polls
Public Affairs
Sadats Widows Visit
School Based Clinics
Sex Education
Sex and Population
Teen / Unwed Motherhood
Teen Pregnancy / Squeal Rule
Scrapbooks (3 folders)
Confidential Materials