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Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) records



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Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) records, 1978-1982 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Jonnie McConnell

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.)

Extent: 1.4 Cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 01/10/2013

Subjects: Abortion, Birth control, Circulars (Fliers), Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Rape, Reproductive rights, Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.), Whisman, Marcia L, Women's Archives at Purdue University, Women's health services, Women's rights--United States--History, Women college students

Forms of Material: Clippings (Information artifacts), Correspondence, Notes

Languages: English


Correspondence, administrative records, pamphlets, and circulars documenting the formation and activities of a student group focusing on women's health issues.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) records (1979 – 1982; 1.4 cubic feet) documents the creation and operations of this Purdue student organization. The educational materials in this collection record the kinds of sexual and reproductive health information available to college students at the time. The collection also shows the difficulties encountered trying to establish an organization that talked openly about issues of abortion, birth control, and rape during this era. Types of materials include circulars, clippings, correspondence, and planning notes.

Biographical Note

Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) was a Purdue University student organization which functioned to inform, support and provide referrals to women in the Purdue community regarding birth control, problem pregnancy, rape prevention and counseling, and general women’s health concerns. The group began in 1979 as an effort by three staff members to create a small women’s health center. This effort was resisted by the administration because of the fear of abortion counseling. The idea for a women’s health center was instead applied to creating a student group, led by the student Marcia Whisman and advisor Jackie Kassouff. Eventually, the organization opened a small counseling center on March 2, 1981, staffed by community volunteers and partnering with local groups such as Planned Parenthood, the YWCA, local churches, and women’s organizations. The Archives has no record of the demise of the program, however there are no collection materials created after 1982.

Subject/Index Terms

Birth control
Circulars (Fliers)
Committee on Institutional Cooperation
Reproductive rights
Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.)
Whisman, Marcia L
Women's Archives at Purdue University
Women's health services
Women's rights--United States--History
Women college students

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 mss boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Women's Studies Program

Acquisition Method: Transferred from Women's Studies Program.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/msp150_SHE.pdf

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