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RECORDS, 1988-1991
5 linear inches
and artifacts


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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Reproductive Rights Coalition of Iowa City Records, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The records (donor no. 945) were donated by Regenia Bailey in 2004.
The records are open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa. 
In map case.
In Box 1.
Processed by:

Kate Stewart, 2006. [ReproductiveRightsIowaCity.doc]



The Reproductive Rights Coalition of Iowa City (RRCIC) formed in January 1989 in response to Operation Rescue’s attempt to shut down a local abortion clinic. The group’s purpose was to bring together the local people and organizations focused on abortion rights, such as Students for Reproductive Rights, the Emma Goldman Clinic, the Iowa International Socialist Organization, New Wave, the Organization of Women Law Students, and the Women’s Caucus. The RRCIC held many events throughout 1989 and 1990 including protests, rallies, conferences, and fundraisers. The organization disbanded in 1991.

Scope and Content Note

The Reproductive Rights Coalition of Iowa City records date from 1988 to 1991 and measure 5 linear inches. The advisory board file contains notes, proposals, mass mailings, correspondence, calendars, press kit information and song lyrics.  The meeting minutes folder contains three legal pads of handwritten meeting minutes (dated with the month and day but not the year) and two typed sheets of meeting minutes. The collection includes four issues of Choice Words, the RRCIC’s newsletter. Event materials include flyers and advertisements for RRCIC’s rallies, dinners, conferences and fundraisers. The newspaper and magazine clippings consist of national and local articles on abortion and reproductive rights, cartoons, advertisements, and bibliographies on reproductive rights issues. The outside organizations file contains mailings and flyers from other groups connected to the reproductive rights movement, including the Emma Goldman Clinic, Feminist Majority, NARAL of Iowa, Planned Parenthood of Mid-Iowa, Marylanders for the Right to Choose, the Alan Guttmacher Institute and the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. Printed materials include pamphlets, booklets, newsletters and other publications from organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the American Association of University Women, Catholics for a Free Choice, Americans for Religious Liberty, NARAL, and New Directions for Women. The legislative campaign materials consist of mailings from local candidates for the 1990 election and information compiled by NARAL on local politicians. The photographs depict rallies in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. The last item in the collection is a print of a greeting card designed by Carol deProsse, depicting Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

Related Collections

Emma Goldman Clinic records

NARAL of Iowa records

Box List

Box 1                  
  Advisory board, 1989-1990
Meeting minutes, 1989-1990 and undated
Choice Words newsletter, 1989
Events, 1989-1990 and undated
Newspaper and magazine clippings, 1989-1991
Outside organizations, 1988-1990 and undated
Printed materials, 1989-1990
Legislative campaign, 1990 and undated
Photographs, 1990
Print of greeting card, 1989 [shelved in map case]


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