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

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Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited in 2010 to incorporate inventory of Boxes 1-26. Boxes 27 and 28 added by Rachel Schimke.  Boxes 29-32 added by Rachel Schimke. Boxes 33-34 added by Rachel Schimke. Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information  Edited by Heather Mulliner to include 2017 accretion  , September 20102012 , March 2014 , May 2014 , July 2014 , July 2017

Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Masur, Joshua
Source - dnr: Jacquinot, Mark
Source - dnr: Meixell, Elizabeth
Source - dnr: Cain, Shannon
Source - dnr: Ramspacher, Karen
Creator: WHAM! (Organization : 1989)
Source - dnr: Mink, Stacy
Source - dnr: Blitz, Erica
Title: WHAM! (Women's Health Action and Mobilization) Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1970-2016
Dates [bulk]: 1991-1995
Abstract: The Women's Health Action and Mobilization (WHAM!) Records contain organizing records, videos, photographs, and ephemera related to WHAM!'s support of women's health and access to abortion. The collection contains documentation from individual members of the group and records related to WHAM!'s collaboration with 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. The collection, however, does not contain central administrative records of the organization, such as minutes or official correspondence. Instead, the collection reflects the decentralized and grassroots nature of WHAM!, which did not follow a hierarchical leadership structure, but rotated responsibilities of record keeping between weekly facilitators.
Quantity: 36.25 Linear Feet in 27 record cartons, 5 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize flat boxes, 1 card box, 1 shared access CD box, and 1 oversize folder
Quantity: 32.27 Gigabytes on 2 CD-R and 7 DVD-R
Quantity: 51 videocassettes
Quantity: 7 audiocassettes
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.162

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Historical/Biographical Note

Women's Health Action and Mobilization (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. WHAM! began as a direct action committee of the Reproductive Rights Coalition (RRC), and later became an independent organization following the dissolution of the RRC. WHAM! emerged at a moment when abortion became one of the most prominent, controversial, and polarizing issues in American life, and many women felt that the Webster decision was emblematic of a larger, serious threat to the protections of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Operation Rescue was shutting down women's clinics, budget cuts in New York City threatened to close community family planning clinics, and Supreme Court decisions, including the 1991 "Gag" rule, were generating what WHAM felt to be a crisis in women's health. While several national organizations -- like the National Organization for Women, the National Abortion Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood -- were doing abortions rights work on the legislative and legal fronts, WHAM felt that a stronger response was needed in light of increasingly organized and high-profile anti-abortion activism of the religious right. Drawing on the influence of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), WHAM! focused on direct action that specifically targeted officials and institutions who controlled public policy and programs, and relied on the use of media-centered actions, civil disobedience, and phone zap campaigns. WHAM! became known for its high-visibility, aggressive actions aimed at leaders and institutions that controlled policy around women's health issues, including the Centers for Disease Control, the Catholic Church, the U.S. Supreme Court, and elected officials. While one of WHAM!'s primary goals was absolute access to abortion on demand, also advocated for reproductive rights broadly to include access to health care generally and the right to feed, clothe, and educate families regardless of race, class, or sexual orientation. This broad set of concerns was reflected by one of WHAM!'s early and most notorious actions, in conjunction with ACT UP: the Stop the Church demonstration at St. Patrick's Cathderal in December, 1989, to protest John Cardinal O'Connor's positions on abortion, AIDS, and homosexuality. Over 5,000 people demonstrated outside while protestors disrupted the homily inside the church. This joint demonstration, as activist and journalist Esther Kaplan wrote, "testified to the creative strength of a coalition built around sexual and reproductive freedom." This action was emblematic of WHAM!'s ongoing attacks on the Catholic Church, and as the song and chant sheets in the collection testify, they coined a number of slogans aimed at the church, including, "Pray, you'll need it/ Your cause will be defeated," and "Four, Six, Eight, Ten/Why are all your leaders men?"

Over the years, in conjunction with other groups like the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue and the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force, WHAM! developed a model set of practices for protecting access to women's clinics targeted by anti-abortion groups. A WHAM! committee, the New York Clinic Defense Task Force, eventually developed into a separate organization to focus solely on this ongoing, weekly task. Another key group that developed within WHAM!'s clinic defense activities was the Church Ladies for Choice, a group of (mostly) gay men dressed in church lady drag, replete with flower-print polyester frocks and sensible shoes who, in their words, "reverse the venom of anti-abortion terrorists with raucous safe sex fun," entertaining clinic defenders with reworked hymns and standards, including "This Womb is My Womb," "Every Sperm is Sacred," and "God is a Lesbian" to the tune of "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

The core of WHAM!'s activity revolved around high-visibility, aggressive direct actions, often conducted through a joint WHAM-ACT UP affinity group called Action Tours. WHAM! joined with ACT UP and NOW to protest the nomination of David Souter to the U.S. Supreme Court, and one WHAM! member, along with eleven ACT UP members, got national attention for their civil disobedience inside Congress. And in one of their most publicized actions, they "gagged" the Statue of Liberty to protest the so-called "gag rule" that prevented federally funded health clinics from counseling abortion. WHAM! members dropped a banner that read "Abortion is Health Care/ Health Care is a Right" over the statue's pedestal and obscured her face with another banner reading "No Choice/No Liberty." WHAM! again joined with ACT UP to occupy the offices of the Centers for Disease Control in New York to demand that the official definition of AIDS be expanded to include infections specific to women and IV drug users. While the abortion debate raged across the country in the early nineties, it also sparked debate within the women's movement. The constant attacks on clinics, and the ongoing legal battle over the definition of abortion put activists in what many felt was a narrowing, reactive position that threatened to drain energy from the movement over time. Many WHAM! members wanted to adopt a more proactive approach to women's health issues and to connect more effectively with the issues of race and class that shaped access to health care, but it was unclear if the organization could sustain wide-ranging work on a variety of issues when it had been most effective in honing techniques around public awareness and clinic defense. In response to criticisms that the group attracted primarily white activists, WHAM! began conducting "Resisting Racism" workshops in 1992 and 1993.

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Scope and Content Note

The Women's Health Action and Mobilization (WHAM!) Records contain organizing records, videos, photographs, and ephemera related to WHAM!'s support of women's health and access to abortion. The collection contains documentation from individual members of the group and records related to WHAM!'s collaboration with 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. The collection, however, does not contain central administrative records of the organization, such as minutes or official correspondence. Instead, the collection reflects the decentralized and grassroots nature of WHAM!, which did not follow a hierarchical leadership structure, but rotated responsibilities of record keeping between weekly facilitators. Individual members maintained detailed records of the actions they were involved in planning. This recordkeeping strategy reflects WHAM!'s practice of allowing any member to propose actions at weekly meetings and form a working groups.

Organizing materials in this collection include letters received by and written by WHAM! members, including letters of protest written to a variety of elected officials and companies, letters of inquiry from women across the country, and correspondence with other women's organizations, as well as limited amount of internal documents between members about issues facing the organization. They include an extensive amount of materials related to individual WHAM! actions and campaigns, including the protests against the 1991 "Gag Rule," Tax the Church campaign against John Cardinal O'Connor, clinic defense activities with the New York City Clinic Defense Task Force, and activities of several of its working groups. Research materials consist of clippings, articles, and other background material on issues of concern to WHAM members, particularly abortion and other women's health issues. They include copies of clippings and ephemera about the actions of WHAM! and associated organizations, particularly ACT UP.

Audiovisual materials in this collection document WHAM! and ACT UP events and demonstrations, including an extensive series of video tapes of WHAM!'s Resisting Racism workshops. Other materials include abortion-related news clips recorded by WHAM! members, and answering machine tapes documenting incoming calls to WHAM!. A few published videos related to women's health and clinic defense are also included.

Subsequent accretions added to the collection between 1998 and 2014 contain files maintained by individual WHAM! members. These materials relate predominantly to WHAM! direct actions and campaigns, which include flyers, leaflets, clippings, letters, reports, and photographs. Some other files include treasurer's files and early organizing records, which were maintained by individual members of the organization.

Materials added to the collection in 2017 consist of ephemera, photographs, and videos related to the Women's Health Action and Mobilization between 1996 and 2016. A large portion of these materials relate to the WHAM! group Church Ladies for Choice, and include photo albums, videos of songs and protests, flyers, and song books used in their demonstrations. Other materials from this accretion include flyers, articles, business cards, protest songs related to women's reproductive rights generally (1996-2016). Several items relate to other social justice causes including Black Lives Matter and HIV/AIDS activism. These materials also include several collected items related to the Catholic Church including a signed copy of the book "No Turning Back: Two Nuns' Battle with the Vatican over Women's Right to Choose," a collector's issue of the comic book "The Flying Nun," and a boxing nun hand puppet.

Arrangement

Materials in Boxes 1-4 may have been arranged chronologically or alphabetically within each document type by Tamiment archivists, and audiovisual items in Box 5 have been assigned a unique number based on format and arranded by item number

Other materials in collection have been maintained in the order in which they were received by the library. These materials are grouped in boxes by donor or accretion, and have not been arranged by an archivist.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Masur, Joshua
  • Jacquinot, Mark
  • Meixell, Elizabeth
  • Cain, Shannon
  • Ramspacher, Karen
  • Clark, Marsha
  • de Mause, Neil
  • Mink, Stacy
  • Morgan, Tracy
  • Nass, Mindy
  • Blitz, Erica

Subject Organizations

  • WHAM! (Organization : 1989)

Subject Topics

  • Women -- Health and hygiene -- United States.
  • Feminists -- United States.
  • Reproductive rights -- United States
  • Direct action -- United States.
  • Feminism -- United States.
  • Abortion -- United States.
  • Civil disobedience -- United States.
  • Women's rights -- United States -- 20th century
  • Women's health services -- Political aspects -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Donor permission is required for access. Please contact Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by WHAM! (Women's Health Action and Mobilization) was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; WHAM! (Women's Health Action and Mobilization) Records; TAM 162; box number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact [repository contact information] with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. Original physical digital media is restricted. Born-digital materials have not been transferred and may not be available to researchers. Researchers may request access copies. To request that material be transferred, or if you are unsure if material has been transferred, please contact [repository contact information] with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the WHAM! Records were donated by Elizabeth Meixell in 1993, with additional deposits in 1998 and 2004. Additional records were donated by WHAM! members Tracy Morgan, Stacey Mink in 1994, Erica Blitz in 1995, Shannon Cain in 2004, Karen Ramspacher in 2004, Neil De Mause and Mindy Nass in 2004, Elizabeth Meixell in 2007, Joshua Masur in 2010 and Mark Jocquinot in an unknown year. In 2012, Marsha Clark made a donation of materials that comprise Boxes 27 and 28, as well as the buttons in Box 29. In 2014, Elizabeth Meixell made an additional donation of materials that comprise Boxes 29-32, as well as the "microbicides" banner in Box 28. In 2017 Elizabeth Meixell sent an additional three boxes materials and an oversize poster documenting Church Ladies for Choice demonstrations and recent WHAM! protests. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2007.008, 2008.017, 2012.079, 2014.012, and 2017.038. In 2012, Marsha Clark made a donation of materials that comprise Boxes 27 and 28, as well as the buttons in Box 29. The accession number associated with this gift is 2012.079.

In 2014, Elizabeth Meixell made an additional donation of materials that comprise Boxes 29-32, as well as the "microbicides" banner in Box 28. The accession number associated with this gift is 2014.012.

In 2017 Elizabeth Meixell sent an additional three boxes materials and an oversize poster documenting Church Ladies for Choice demonstrations and recent WHAM! protests. The accession number associated with this gift is 2017.038

Processing Information note

Materials from the 2012 and 2014 donations were rehoused in archival boxes and loose materials were placed in archival folders. Photographs from the 2014 donation were also removed from their original housing in photo books or envelopes and placed in archival folders, and loose photographs were housed in mylar.

Two boxes found in the repository from the 2007 donation were added to the collection in 2014 as Boxes 33 and 34.

In 2017 three boxes of videos, photo albums, and WHAM organizing materials were added to the collection as boxes 35-37. At the time of accessioning these materials were described at the collection level and listed at the end of the existing inventory.

Appraisal note

Duplicative materials were removed from the 2014 accession, as was an inflatable nun and a New York City t-shirt.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Correspondence: Elizabeth Meixell
1989-1994
Box: 1 Correspondence: WHAM
undated
Box: 1 Correspondence: WHAM
1989-1991
Box: 1 Correspondence: WHAM
1992-1993
Box: 1 Correspondence: WHAM
1994
Box: 1 Correspondence: WHAM Internal
1990-1993
Box: 1 11th Hour Coalition
1992
Box: 1 19th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
1992
Box: 1 Action Tours (WHAM & ACT UP affinity group)
1991-1994
Box: 1 Baxandall, Rosalyn: Women and Abortion
1992
Box: 1 Breast Cancer
1989-1993
Box: 1 Buffalo Clinic Defense: Clippings
1992
Box: 1 Buffalo United for Choice
1992
Box: 1 Bush, President George: Zap Action
1991
Box: 1 Centers for Disease Control: HIV/AIDS Protest
1990-1991
Box: 1 Chant and Song Sheets
1989-1991
Box: 1 Church Ladies for Choice
1990-1993
Box: 1 Clinic Clients Survey
1993
Box: 1 Clinic Defense
undated
Box: 1 Clinic Defense
1989-1990
Box: 1 Clinic Defense
1991-1993
Box: 1 Clinic Defense: Clinic Listings
1990-1992
Box: 1 Clinic Defense: Clinic Surveys
undated
Box: 1 Clinic Defense: Phone Tree
undated
Box: 1 Clinic Defense Training Materials
1990-1993
Box: 1 Clinic Information
1991-1992
Box: 1 Community Family Planning Council (CFPC) Budget Cuts
1990-1991
Box: 1 Covenant House Protest
1989-1990
Box: 1 Daily, Bishop Thomas: Clinic Demonstrations
1990-1993
Box: 1 Datebooks
1989-1990
Box: 1 Democratic National Convention Clinic Defense
1992
Box: 1 Dinkins, Mayor David
1989
Box: 1 Direct Action Training
1988
Box: 1 Domino's Pizza Boycott
1988-1991
Box: 1 Dump D'Amato
1992
Box: 1 Fake Clinics
1990-1992, 1994
Box: 1 Finances
1990-1992
Box: 1 Finances: Reports
1990-1993
Box: 1 Fliers and Palmcards
1990-1994
Box: 1 Freedom of Choice Act
1990-1993
Box: 1 Fundraising: Benefits and Events
1989-1993
Box: 1 Fundraising: Direct Mail Appeals
1990-1991
Box: 1 Fundraising: Grant proposals and reports
1991-1992
Box: 1 Haitian Refugees
1990, 1992
Box: 1 Grant Proposals and Reports
1991-1992
Box: 1 Herbally Aroused Gynecological Squad (HAGS) Working Group
1989, 1992-1993
Box: 1 Holland Tunnel Civil Disobedience
1992
Box: 1 Holland Tunnel Civil Disobedience: Legal Files
1992
Box: 1 Informational Materials
undated
Box: 1 Jones, Sabrina: Illustrations and WHAM Coloring Book
undated
Box: 1 Lesbian Health Issues
undated
Box: 1 March for Women's Lives, Washington, D.C.
1992
Box: 1 Media Working Group
1993
Box: 2 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
1989-1992
Box: 2 Meixell, Elizabeth
1994
Box: 2 Merchandise
1994
Box: 2 Metropolitan New York Life Chain Counter Demonstration
1991-1992
Box: 2 National Conference of Catholic Bishops: Hill & Knowlton Public Relations
1990
Box: 2 National Health Care
1991-1993
Box: 2 Net Worker
1992
Box: 2 Networking Working Group
1993
Box: 2 New Members Packet
1991
Box: 2 New York City Board of Education
1992-1993
Box: 2 New York City Council Budget Hearings
1991
Box: 2 New York Clinic Defense Task Force
undated
Box: 2 New York Clinic Defense Task Force
1990-1992
Box: 2 New York Clinic Defense Task Force
1993
Box: 2 New York Clinic Defense Task Force
1994
Box: 2 New York Clinic Defense Task Force: Finances
1992-1994
Box: 2 New York Clinic Defense Task Force: Meeting Agendas and Calendars
1992-1993
Box: 2 Not-for-Profit Status
undated
Box: 2 Notes: Elizabeth Meixell
1990
Box: 2 October Outrage
1991
Box: 2 O'Connor, John Cardinal Protests
1987, 1990-1993
Box: 2 Operation Goliath: Dobbs Ferry Clinic Defense
1990-1991, 1993
Box: 2 Operation Rescue/ "BORN" Blockades: WHAM Counter Demonstrations
1989-1992
Box: 2 Operation Rescue's Capitol Project Protests
1991-1992
Box: 2 Organizational Procedures and Forms
1989-1992
Box: 2 Parental Leave Bill
undated
Box: 2 Phone Zaps
1990, 1992
Box: 2 Police Policy for Women's Medical Facilities
1990-1992
Box: 2 Press Releases
1990-1993
Box: 2 Proposed Standards of Care for Longterm Care Facilities For People with AIDS
1990-1992
Box: 2 Reproductive Health: Self-Help
1972, 1981, 1991, 1994
Box: 2 Reproductive Rights Coalition
1989-1991
Box: 2 Resisting Racism Working Group
1992-1993
Box: 2 RU-486 Working Group
1989-1992
Box: 2 Saint Patrick's Cathedral Protests
1989-1991
Box: 2 Saint Patrick's Cathedral Protests: Legal Files
1990, 1994
Box: 2 Slogans: Proposed
1989-1990
Box: 2 Souter Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings
1990-1991, 1993
Box: 2 Souter Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings: Leal Files
1990
Box: 2 Souter Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings: Statements and Questionnaires
1990
Box: 2 Speaking Engagements
1992
Box: 2 Statue of Liberty Action
1991
Box: 2 Storage Inventory
1993
Box: 2 Sununu, John
1991
Box: 2 Supreme Court: Planned Parenthood v. Casey
1990-1992
Box: 2 Supreme Court: Webster v. Reproductive Health Services Protests
1989-1990
Box: 2 Surveillance
undated
Box: 2 Susan B. Anthony Awards
1990
Box: 2 Tax the Church
1990
Box: 2 Terry, Randall
1989-1993
Box: 2 Title X (Gag Rule) Protests
1990-1992
Box: 2 Town Meetings
1991-1993
Box: 2 United Nations: Appeal for Aid
1991
Box: 2 United States Department of Health and Human Services Demonstration
1990
Box: 2 Urban Herbalist
1992-1993
Box: 3 Weekly Calendars and Contact Sheets
1989-1994
Box: 3 WHAM Frontlines
1990-1993
Box: 3 WHAM History
undated
Box: 3 WHAM Members: Other Activities and Interests
1993-1994
Box: 3 WHAM: Other Chapters
1990, 1996
Box: 3 WHAM: Stickers and Flyers
undated
Box: 3 WHAM-Y Awards
undated
Box: 3 Abortion: Access
1989-1991
Box: 3 Abortion Clinic Bombings
1987, 1990
Box: 3 Abortion: Elected Officials
1989-1991
Box: 3 Abortion: Media Representation
1989-1991
Box: 3 Abortion: History
1990, 1992
Box: 3 Abortion: Religion
1990-1991
Box: 3 ACT UP Women's Caucus: Women and AIDS Handbook
1989
Box: 3 Adoption
1989-1991
Box: 3 AIDS Drug Trials, Testing, and Treatment Glossary
1988
Box: 3 American Bar Association: Abortion Stance
1990
Box: 3 Anti-Abortion Activists
1990-1993
Box: 3 Anti-Abortion Literature
1990
Box: 3 AT&T: Abortion Stance
1990
Box: 3 Boycott Handbook: Manuscript
1991
Box: 3 Breast Implants
1991-1992
Box: 3 Cervical Cancer
1992
Box: 3 Challenging the Christian Right: The Activist's Handbook
1992
Box: 3 Child Care
1990-1991
Box: 3 Condom Distribution
1991
Box: 3 Contraception
1988, 1990-19993
Box: 3 Council of the City of New York: Access to Reproductive Services Act
1994
Box: 3 Cuomo, Mario
1990
Box: 3 Domestic Violence
1983, 1990-1993
Box: 3 Fetal Rights: Clippings and Reports
1986-1987, 1989
Box: 3 Fetal Rights: Clippings and Reports
1990
Box: 3 Fetal Rights: Case Law Files (People of the State of California v. Pamela Rae Stewart)
1987-1989
Box: 3 Fetal Rights: Case Law Files
1988-1989
Box: 3 Guam Abortion Law: Janet Benshoof Case
1990
Box: 3 Helms, Jesse
1990
Box: 3 HIV/AIDS: Women
1988, 1990-1994
Box: 3 HIV/AIDS: Youth
1990
Box: 3 Hodgson v. State of Minnesota
1989
Box: 3 Holtzman, Elizabeth
1988-1990
Box: 3 Idaho Abortion Law
1990
Box: 3 International Women's Health Issues
1990-1993
Box: 3 Lambs of Christ
undated
Box: 3 Lesbian Issues
1991-1993
Box: 3 Louisiana Abortion Bill
1990-1991
Box: 3 Maternal and Child Health: New York City
1987, 1990-1991
Box: 3 Operation Rescue: Wichita Protests
1991
Box: 3 Parental/Judicial Consent
1990-1992
Box: 3 Rafsky, Robert
1991-1993
Box: 3 Rape
19,911,993
Box: 3 Religious Right
undated
Box: 3 Reproductive Rights: Art and video projects
1991-1992
Box: 3 Safer Sex
undated
Box: 3 St. John's Rape Trial
1991
Box: 3 Target City Hall: An AIDS Activist's Guide to New York City
1989
Box: 3 Terry, Randall: Injunction
1989-1993
Box: 3 United States Supreme Court: Rust v. Sullivan
1991
Box: 3 Women of Color: Health Issues
1993
Box: 4 Clippings: General
undated
Box: 4 Clippings: General
1985, 1987-1989
Box: 4 Clippings: General
1990
Box: 4 Clippings: General
1990
Box: 4 Clippings: General
1991
Box: 4 Clippings: General
1992
Box: 4 Clippings: General
1993
Box: 4 Clippings: General
1994
Box: 4 Clippings: WHAM
1989-1993
Box: 4 ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
undated
Box: 4 ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
1989
Box: 4 ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
1990
Box: 4 ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
1991
Box: 4 ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
1992
Box: 4 ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
1993-1994
Box: 4 American Civil Liberties Union: Reproductive Rights
1990-1994
Box: 4 Update
undated
Box: 4 Anti-Abortion Organizations
1989-1994
Box: 4 Atlanta Pro-Choice Action Committee
undated
Box: 4 Bard College Student Action Collaborative
1990
Box: 4 Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue
1990, 1993
Box: 4 Bi-State Operation Rescue Network (BORN)
1990-1992
Box: 4 Brooklyn Pro-Choice Network
1989-1991
Box: 4 Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
1993
Box: 4 Center for Reproductive Law and Policy: Reproductive
1992-1994
Box: 4 Freedom News
undated
Box: 4 Clinic Defense Organizations
1990
Box: 4 Escorter
1993
Box: 4 Feminist Majority Foundation
undated
Box: 4 Feminist Organizations: College Campuses
1990
Box: 4 Feminists for Life
undated
Box: 4 Helpers of God's Precious Infants
1990-1991, 1993
Box: 4 HIV/AIDS organizations
undated
Box: 4 Lesbian Avengers
1993-1994
Box: 4 Lesbian Health Project: City of New York Department of Health
1992
Box: 4 Manhattan Borough President's Reproductive Rights Task Force
1990-1993
Box: 4 Men's Reproductive Rights Organizations
undated
Box: 4 Mobilization for Women's Lives
1989
Box: 4 National Abortion Clinic Defense Conference
1990
Box: 4 National Abortion Federation
1990
Box: 4 National Abortion Rights Action League
1990, 1993
Box: 4 National Abortion Rights Action League: New York State (NYS-NARAL)
1990-1994
Box: 4 National Center for the Pro Choice Majority
1993
Box: 4 National Organization for Women
1990-1992
Box: 4 National Organization for Women: Naussau Chapter
1990-1991
Box: 4 National Organization for Women: New York City Chapter
1989-1992
Box: 4 National Organization for Women: Project Stand Up for Women Now
1990
Box: 4 National Women's Rights Organizing Coalition
1990-1992
Box: 4 New York Pro-Choice Coalition
undated
Box: 4 Operation Rescue
1990-1993
Box: 4 Operation Rescue: Restraining Orders
1990, 1992
Box: 4 Planned Parenthood
1989-1990
Box: 4 Pro-Choice Network
1993-1994
Box: 4 Pro-Choice Organizations: National
1992
Box: 4 Pro-Choice Organizations: New York Region
1983, 1989-1990, 1994
Box: 4 Pro-Choice Organizations: Other areas
1990
Box: 4 Radical Women's Groups
1991
Box: 4 Refuse and Resist
1989-1991, 1993
Box: 4 Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights
1990
Box: 4 Reprovision
1990-1991
Box: 4 Sister Serpents
1990
Box: 4 Society to Outlaw Planned Parenthood (STOPP)
1990, 1992
Box: 4 Stand Up for Choice Video Project
undated
Box: 4 Treatment Action Guerillas
1991
Box: 4 Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force
1990-1993
Box: 4 Women's Action Coalition (WAC)
1992
Box: 4 Women Against Racism and Rape in Out Rage (WARRIOR)
1991
Box: 4 Women's Health Education Project
1994
Box: 4 Women's Health Summit
1993
Box: 4 Women's Rights Organizations
undated
Box: 4 Youth Education Life Line (YELL)
undated
Box: 5 WHAM V-01 (VHS) Comer, Stop the Church & KCET L.A.; Discussion from Ch. 13/NY, 1.5 hours
undated
Box: TAM Shared Access Box 1 Disc : ref248 (Access dvd [31142062667624])
Box: 5 WHAM V-02 (VHS) Sampler, This is NOT a Federal Reserve & Legal Selects (Injunction, prior arrests)
September 6, 1990
Box: 5 WHAM V-03 (High 8) Abortion & Parental Consent
May 19, 1990
Box: 5 WHAM V-04 (VHS-C) Resisting Racism, 1st session, Tape 1, Setting ground rules for safe discussion
March 20, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-05 (VHS-C) Resisting Racism, 1st session, Tape 2, Small group discussion "How racism makes me feel"
March 20, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-06 (VHS-C) Resisting Racism, 1st session, Tape 3, Small group feedback to larger group, homework, wrapup
March 20, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-07 (VHS-C) 2nd session, 1st tape, Thoughts on last session, homework
undated
Box: 5 WHAM V-08 (VHS-C) 2nd session, 2nd tape, Where the power is
undated
Box: 5 WHAM V-09 (VHS-C) 2nd session, 3rd tape, small group, What is Your race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, economic status
undated
Box: 5 WHAM V-10 (VHS-C) 2nd session, 4th tape, (contd) small group, report back of small groups
undated
Box: 5 WHAM V-11 (VHS-C) 2nd session, 5th tape (contd) report backs, wrap up
undated
Box: 5 WHAM V-12 (VHS-C) Session 3, Tape 1
April 3, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-13 (VHS-C) Session 3, Tape 2
April 3, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-14 (VHS-C) Session 3, Tape 3, small groups, report back
April 3, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-15 (VHS-C) Session 3, Tape 4
April 3, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-16 (VHS-C) Session 4, Tape 1 personal journey as activist
April 10, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-17 (VHS-C) Session 4, Tape 2
April 10, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-18 (VHS-C) Session 4, Tape 3
April 10, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-19 (VHS-C) Session 4, Tape 4, report back to group
April 10, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-20 (VHS-C) Family of Choice, Intro Session 5, Tape 1
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Box: 5 WHAM V-21 (VHS-C) Session 5, Tape 2, small group, family of choice
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Box: 5 WHAM V-22 (VHS-C) Session 5, Tape 3, report back to larger group and small group discussion
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Box: 5 WHAM V-23 (VHS-C) Session 5, Tape 4
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Box: 5 WHAM V-24 (VHS-C) Session 5, Tape 5
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Box: 5 WHAM V-25 (VHS-C) Session 6, Tape 1, Intro, discussion re March on Wash., WHAM! Organizational Setup
May 31, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-26 (VHS-C) Session 6, Tape 2, 1st (sexuality in WHAM!)
May 31, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-27 (VHS-C) Session 6, Tape 3, 2nd fishbowl, beginning of Small group discussion
May 31, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-28 (VHS-C) Session 6, Tape 4, small group feedback to fishbowls/report back
May 31, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-29 (VHS-C) Session 6, Tape 5
May 31, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-30 (VHS-C) Session 7, Tape 1
May 8, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-31 (VHS-C) Session 7, Tape 2
May 8, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-32 (VHS-C) Session 7, Tape 3
May 8, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-33 (VHS-C) Session 7, Tape 4
May 8, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-34 (VHS-C) Session 7, Tape 5
May 8, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-35 (VHS-C) Session 7, Tape 6 [or tape 5?]
May 8, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-36 (VHS-C) Last session, Tape 1
May 21, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-37 (VHS-C) Last session, Tape 2
May 21, 1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-38 (VHS) [published video] In Your Face with Amazing Grace: The Vatican is Burning, The Church Ladies for Choice, produced by Lake of Fire Productions
1993
Box: 5 WHAM V-39 (VHS) [published video] For Yourself: A Guide to Breast Self-Examination, produced by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Guttman Diagnostic Center
1996
Box: 5 WHAM V-40 (VHS) Clinic Escort and Defense, by Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue
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Box: 5 WHAM V-41 (VHS) News clips, 3018 Anti-Abortion Polemic Introduced by Charlton Heston, Channel 55 (Long Island), early AM 10/29/1995
1995
Box: 5 WHAM V-42 (VHS) Susan B. Anthony Awards; Diallo Street Arrests, by M. Jacquinot
2000
Box: 5 WHAM V-43 (VHS) Pataki Demo, Channel 12 (Yonkers), 5/4/1996; Wall Street Demo; Abortion News Clips; Army of God; Funeral March for Matthew Shepard, 10/19/1998
1996-1998
Box: 5 WHAM V-44 (VHS) [published video] Like A Prayer, produced By DIVA TV (Damned Interfering Video Activist Television, c/o ACT UP
1991
Box: 5 Cassette : cuid14336 (Videos [31142063409596]) WHAM V-45 (VHS) Arrest at Board of Education, Youth Education Life Line (YELL), by Janet Wentzy

Scope and Contents

The YELL content ends at 4 min. The remainder of tape contains portions of a prerecorded video on managed care that the YELL video was recorded over.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: VHS, Duration: 14 min.

undated
E-records: tamwag_tam162 E-records : cuid14336 (Digital_access_copy)
Box: 5 WHAM A-01 (Cassette) Clinic Defense Conference, Detroit Side A: Kass, from BACAOR (key note) Side B: BACAOR, Demonstration and dialogue on protecting door
March 23-24, 1990
Box: 5 WHAM A-02 (Micro) Skip [Robokoff?], Press Conference
April 19, 1990
Box: 5 WHAM A-03 (Micro) Elaine [Barthee?], 10:30 pm
May 5, 1990
Box: 5 WHAM A-04 (Micro) [Unlabeled]
undated
Box: 5 WHAM A-05 (Micro) Donald Grove
June 16, 1996
Box: 5 WHAM A-06 (Micro) [Elaine, anti-abortion activist?]
undated
Box: 5 WHAM A-07 (Cassette) Church Ladies for Choice Rehearsal
November 1, 1993
Box: 6 Subject Files, D-W (Stacy Mink donation)
undated
Box: 7 Early 1990s records (Elizabeth Meixell and Tracy Morgan donations)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes committee minutes from 1990, materials related to Safe Sex 6 in 1991, materials related to Haiti and the Clinton transition in 1992, clippings, St. Patrick's legal documents, and checks.

circa 1990-1995
Box: 8 Early 1990s records (Meixell)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes files from 1990, Church Ladies material from 1994, notebooks, slides, and materials related to the AIDS Cure Project in 1995 and the ACT UP Pataki Demonstration.

circa 1990-1995
Box: 9 Early 1990s records (Meixell donation?)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes a photo album related to Statue of Liberty action, materials from the Clinic Defense Benefit in 1992, and general files from 1990.

circa 1990-1995
Box: 10 Early 1990s records (Meixell donation?)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes files from 1990, clinic escort badges, WHAM Frontlines and ACT UP material, material realted to the ADAP Clinic Defense in 1993, and clippings.

circa 1990-1995
Box: 11 Early 1990s records (Meixell donation)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes files from 1990 and St. Patrick's material.

circa 1990-1995
Box: 12 Early 1990s records

Scope and Contents note

This box includes files and clippings from 1992.

circa 1990-1995
Box: 13 Early 1990s records (Meixell and Erica Blitz donations?)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes Frontlines material from 1992, Church Ladies/Clinic Defense materials from 1993, clippings, materials related to St. Patrick's action in 1995, and material on anti-abortion groups.

circa 1990-1995
Box: 14 Early 1990s records (Mink donation)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes clippings from 1990-1991 and WHAM! posters

circa 1990-1995
Box: 15 Early 1990s records (Mink and Blitz donations?)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes clinic escorter badges, general files from 1993-1994, materials related to the Women's Action Coalition and Clinic Defense, and the files of Erica Blitz, an urban herbalist.

circa 1990-1995
Box: 16 Treasurer's Records (Shannon Cain donation)
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Box: 17 Early 1990s records (Karen Ramspacher donation)
circa 1990-1995
Box: 18 Clippings (Mink donation)
undated
Box: 19 Recent Files (Meixell donation)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes materials related to Youth Education Life Line (YELL), Clinic Surveyor maps, and arrest records from an ACT UP Wall Street demonstration.

1996-1997
Box: 20 Recent Files (Meixell donation)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes binders on Clinic Defense and ACT UP 1996 materials.

1996-1997
Box: 21 Recent Files (Meixell donation)

Scope and Contents note

This box includes Fed Up Queers clippings and Church Ladies for Choice, anti-war, "corporate bureaucracy fans," and "WHAM has closed up shop" materials.

1998-2003
Box: 22 Recent Files (Meixell donation)
1998-2003
Box: 23 Oversize Leaflets and original clippings for possible exhibit
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Box: 24 No description
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Box: 25 No description
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Box: 26 Files pertaining to WHAM! and the New York Clinic Defense Task Force, which spun off from WHAM! in the run-up to the 1992 Democratic Convention.
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Box: 39 Marsha Clark donation (2012)

Scope and Content Note

This box contains a songbook from a Church Ladies for Choice concert in 2001, issues of pro-choice journal The Escorter and a small number of other publications, and flyers and organizing materials related to abortion advocacy, including opposition to pro-life organization Operation Rescue.

1990, 1993, 2001
Box: 28 Marsha Clark donation (2012)

Scope and Content Note

This box contains a "Support the Equal Rights Amendment" t-shirt, two women's clinic escort aprons, and a t-shirt with "pro-choice" written in several different languages.

circa 1970-2000
Box: 28 "Microbicides" Banner (Meixell donation 2014)
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Box: 38 Political buttons (Clark donation 2012)
circa 1970-2000
Box: 38 Meixell donation (2014)

Scope and Content Note

This box includes signs from protests and other events, three posters on the topic of civil liberties, a "Nuns Having Fun" calendar, and a foam board cutout of a Susan B. Anthony coin given to Elizabeth Meixell by the Church Ladies for Choice.

circa 2000-2007
Box: 30 Meixell donation (2014)

Scope and Content Note

This box mainly pertains to two distinct WHAM! campaigns: the Church Ladies for Choice group and WHAM!'s support of free vaginal microbicides as a form of HIV and STD prevention, particularly the Microbicide Development Act of 2003. These activities are documented in the form of Church Ladies song sheets; factsheets, form letters, reports, correspondence, and other work product of WHAM! and the WHAM! Microbicides Working Group; and news articles and fliers related to both campaigns. To a lesser extent, this box contains correspondence, surveys, and magazine drafts produced by the group Youth Education Life Line of ACT UP (YELL). Other assorted news articles, fliers, and correspondence concern various women's health issues, as well as causes not directly related to women's health. There are also a small number of photographs from various women's events.

1992-2010
Box: 31 Meixell donation (2014)

Scope and Content Note

This box contains posters and protest signs, mostly related to sexual health issues (namely AIDS and microbicides), though two posters have an anti-corporatism message.

circa 2000-2010
Box: 32 Meixell donation (2014)

Scope and Content Note

This box contains WHAM! buttons and buttons for other women's and/or sexual health groups and causes, as well as four DVDs of a WHAM! forum that took place on October 15, 2005. This box also includes several artifacts: a pack of "Friendly Dictator" playing cards, a bar of soap with the message "Wash Your Ass!" (a tribute to civil and LGBT rights activist Bob Kohler), earrings in the form of "Family Planning" stamps, a keychain in the form of a pregnant woman.

circa 1980-2010
Box: 33 Audiocassette and VHS tapes
circa 1990-1999
Box: 34 T-shirts
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Box: 35 Church Ladies for Choice Photo Albums
1994, 2000
Box: 36 Organizing: HIV/AIDS, Black Lives Matter, and General Women's Health
2014
Box: 36 The Flying Nun (collector's issue)
1976 February
Box: 36 Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights: Flyers and Articles
1997-2017
Box: 36 No Turning Back: Two Nuns' Battle with the Vatican over Women's Right to Choose (signed copy)
1992
Box: 36 Business Cards: Supporters and Associated Organizations
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Box: 36 Church Ladies for Choice: Flyers and Protest Songs
1996-2016
Box: 37 WHAM! Videos: Demonstrations and Public Events
1987-2004
Box: 37 WHAM! Videos: "The Church Ladies for Choice: In Your Face with Amazing Grace"
1993
Box: 37 WHAM! Videos: Church Ladies for Choice Songs and Demonstrations
2006-2007
Box: 37 Boxing Nun Puppet
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Box: MSOS007 Folder : 1 "No Cuts to Medicare and Social Security" Poster
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