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Papers of the Clergy Consultation Service

Identifier: MS 128
These materials collected by E. Spencer Parsons consist of articles, newspaper ephemera, correspondence, minutes of meetings, membership rosters, and sermons and addresses related to the activities of the Clergy Consultation Service between 1968 and 1976. A book on the history of the organization is also included: Arlene Carmen and Howard Moody, Abortion Counseling and Social Change: from Illegal Act to Medical Practice; The Story of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion, 1973.


  • 1967-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question unless otherwise designated.


1.00 Boxes


E. Spencer Parsons served as chairman of both the Chicago Clergy Consultation Service on Problem Pregnancies and the Illinois Clergy Consultation Service. This collection contains articles and newspaper ephemera on abortion, his files related to the National Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion (1969-1973), the Chicago Clergy Consultation Service on Problem Pregnancies (1967-1973), and the Illinois Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (1974-1979), including membership rosters, correspondence, minutes, and articles.

Method of Acquisition

E. Spencer Parsons, dean of Rockefeller Chapel of the University of Chicago, donated this collection on the Clergy Consultation Service and its activities to the McCormick Library in October 1999.

Related Materials

Women's Ephemera Files (WEF) on abortion and JANE. Inquire at the McCormick Library reference desk for these materials. Paula Kamen collection on JANE (Series CXXV) Jenny Knauss collection on women's health (Series XCIII).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sigrid Pohl Perry in July 2000 and encoded by her into XMetaL in September 2004.
Guide to the Papers of the Clergy Consultation Service
Sigrid Pohl Perry
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US