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Guide to the WHAM! (Women's Health Action and Mobilization) Records TAM.162

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

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Collection processed by Tamiment staff. Edited in September 2010 to incorporate inventory of Boxes 1-26. Boxes 27 and 28 added by Rachel Schimke in 2012. Boxes 29-32 added by Rachel Schimke in March 2014. Boxes 33-34 added by Rachel Schimke in May 2014.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on September 03, 2014
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information   , July 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: WHAM! (Organization : 1989).
Title: WHAM! (Women's Health Action and Mobilization) Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1970-2010
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1991-1995
Abstract: Women's Health Action and Mobilization, or WHAM!, was founded in 1989 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services of Missouri, which granted states more power to restrict women’s access to abortion. It was first a direct action committee of the Reproductive Rights Coalition until that larger group dissolved, and WHAM! became an independent organization. The collection reveals several important aspects of WHAM! as an organization. First, the collection reflects the decentralized and grassroots nature of WHAM! There was not a hierarchical leadership structure, and the role of record keeping fell to weekly facilitators, who rotated responsibilities. Detailed records ended up being kept by the individuals most involved in planning actions, a fact that reflects WHAM!'s practice of allowing any member to propose an action at a weekly meeting and form a working group to plan it. As a result, the collection contains documentation by several members, and does not contain a large quantity of traditional material, such as extensive minutes or official correspondence. Second, the collection reveals WHAM!'s connections with a variety of other organizations, particularly ACT UP and mainstream women's organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights Action League, and the National Organization for Women.
Quantity: 33.75 linear feet in 34 boxes
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.162