CU Libraries Receives Interviews from Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health

NEW YORK, November 13, 2003 - The Oral History Research Office of Columbia University Libraries is excited to announce that it has received a recently completed collection of interviews from Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH) documenting views and issues held by proponents of women’s freedom of choice in reproductive rights over five decades. The project, called Voices of Choice, features twenty-one interviews that were videotaped and then transcribed, and amounts to nearly 1,500 pages.

These interviews, now available to scholars, researchers, journalists and the general public, shed light on a critically important period in American history, when physicians who stood to lose their careers provided women with the ability to make reproductive choices. They are a unique resource for continued consideration of the complex issues that physicians, women and lawmakers encounter in abortion reform debates.

"These accounts are incredibly significant interviews and life stories - one of the most exciting collections relating to women’s history that we have accepted in recent years", said Mary Marshall Clark, director of the Oral History Research Office. "We are grateful to PRCH for the donation of these unique materials. It is our hope that Voices of Choice will serve as an invaluable tool of research into the history of reproductive rights in America."

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health’s mission is to enable concerned physicians to take a more active and visible role in support of universal reproductive health. The national not-for-profit organization was founded in 1992, and has more than 5,000 physician and non-physician members.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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