Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) records
Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 150
Scope and Contents
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.
- Other: Date acquired: 10/01/2013
- Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) (1979-1982) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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.
1.40 Cubic Feet (Three full-width letter-size manuscript boxes and one half-width letter-size manuscript box)
Language of Materials
Correspondence, administrative records, pamphlets, and circulars documenting the formation and activities of a student group focusing on women's health issues.
The S.H.E. records were housed in the Women's Studies Program office before being transferred to the Karnes Archives and Special Collections in 2013. The custodial history before this transfer is unclear.
Source of Acquisition
Women's Studies Program
Method of Acquisition
Transferred from Women's Studies Program.
Existence and Location of Originals
multi-part note content
- Birth control
- Circulars (Fliers)
- Clippings (Information artifacts)
- Committee on Institutional Cooperation
- Field notes
- Reproductive rights
- Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) (1979-1982)
- Whisman, Marcia L.
- Women college students
- Women's health services
- Women's rights -- United States -- History
- Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) records
- In Progress
- Jonnie McConnell
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description