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Gilbert E. Bursley papers, 1960-1981

18 linear feet

Republican state senator, president of Cleary College; legislative files and miscellaneous materials from his tenure as Cleary College president.

The Gilbert Bursley collection consists of Legislative files, primarily from the period when he served in the Michigan State Senate. These files consist of newsletters and news releases, correspondence from constituents, and reference files maintained as background information on issues of the day. These files also include a record of the bills that Bursley introduced and his interest in the activities of various state and regional boards, commissions, and agencies. A smaller portion of the collection details some of his interests as president of Cleary College after his left the Legislature.


Jack M. Stack papers, 1967-1971

1 linear foot

Physician, proponent of abortion law reform; correspondence and other papers relating to his efforts to enact abortion reform.

The Stack collection consists of correspondence and other papers concerning his efforts to enact abortion law reform in Michigan. Several files relate to the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws.


Katharine Tennyson papers, 1969-1973

0.5 linear feet

Katharine Tennyson was a nurse in Detroit, Michigan, who was an activist supporting reform of Michigan abortion laws in the early 1970s. The collection documents her work with various organizations, especially the Michigan Abortion Referendum Committee.

Lorraine Beebe Papers, circa 1920-1981

2.2 linear feet — 1 oversize volume — 1 oversize folder

Republican state senator, state coordinator of the Anderson for President campaign in 1980. Papers and photographs relating to her public career and to her interest in women's issues, especially abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment; also relating to her involvement with the President's Committee on Mental Retardation, her political activities and in the state senate; and scrapbook, 1966-1970, detailing political career.

The collection concerns Beebe's public career and her interest in women's issues, especially abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment Also documented is her involvement with the President's Committee on Mental Retardation, her political activities and in the state senate. The papers of Lorraine Beebe have been arranged into biographical files; career files - private; career files - public; organizational files; speeches; correspondence; honors and awards/miscellaneous; and photographs.


Maxine L. Berman papers, 1968-2017 (scattered dates)

1 linear foot — 1 oversize folder

Materials surrounding the career of Jewish American politician, women's rights advocate, and the University of Michigan alumna (1968) Maxine L. Berman who served in the Michigan House of Representatives between 1982 and 1996. The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, legislative documents, collected publications, speeches, an audio recording of an interview, and other materials on subjects such as women's health and reproductive rights, education reform, civil rights, election law, and fiscal concerns.

This collection primarily focuses on Berman's political career during her tenure with the Michigan House of Representatives from 1982 to 1996. Biographical materials include an audio interview of Berman discussing her experience as a delegate to the 1976 Democratic National Convention, materials pertaining to her book The Only Boobs in the House Are Men: A Veteran Woman Legislator Lifts the Lid on Politics Macho Style, photographs, and numerous articles highlighting her career, as well as women in politics.

The collection also includes correspondence, publications, reports, speeches, and other materials primarily focusing on civil rights, education reform, election law, fiscal concerns, and women's health and reproductive rights. Of particular note are materials pertaining to the death penalty and assisted suicide; the performance, curriculum, and operation of charter schools; legislative redistricting; voter registration and campaign finance reform; financial mismanagement at the House Fiscal Agency; the Balanced Budget Amendment; and issues surrounding women's health and reproductive rights including the legalization of abortion and related issues surrounding informed and parental consent.

Other materials in the collection touch upon issues surrounding informed consent for breast cancer treatment options, the accreditation of mammography facilities in Michigan, flag burning, and family values, including materials focusing on the Michigan Department of Social Service's (DSS) attempt to reunite incest victims with their offenders.


Michigan Abortion Referendum Committee Records, 1969-1972

5 linear feet

Organization formed to coordinate support for abortion reform in Michigan in the 1972 statewide election. The record group includes position papers, surveys, mailings, press releases, correspondence, visual materials, and clippings relating to the campaign.

The papers of MARC have been organized both chronologically and by type of material. Papers from the drive for legislation (1969-1971) are followed by materials from the petition drive (1971-1972) and the referendum campaign (1972). Campaign materials include the publicity and press releases of MARC, organizing materials, publicity distributed by the group opposed to Proposition B, the Michigan Right to Life Committee, and correspondence.


Michigan Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights Records, 1974-1993

0.5 linear feet

Michigan chapter of organization of religious groups devoted to safeguarding access to legal abortion. Administrative files include minutes, financial records, lists, and policy and program committee reports; publicity and outreach files include news releases, clippings, newsletters, and other informational materials.

The papers of the Michigan Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights are arranged in two series, Administration, and Publicity and Outreach.