Lorna May collection - NJSN_AC-032 1967 - 1978

By: May, LornaSeries: Series 1: Constitution of Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) of the ACT, c. 1971; Series 2: Minutes ALRA, 1971-1973; Series 3: Reports, 1969-1972; Series 4: Submissions, 1970-1977; Series 5: Conference papers, 1976; Series 6: Speeches, 1971-1972; Series 7: Papers, 1967-1975; Series 8: Publications, 1968-1975; Series 9: Newsletters, 1968-1978; Series 10: Information Circulars ALRA (ACT), 1971-1972; Series 11: Pamphlets and handouts, 1970-1977; Series 12: Letters, c. 1975; Series 13: Press clippings, 1974-1975; Series 14: Lorna May interviews, 1988-2002Description: 0.18 Linear metres Manila folders containing paper files T1 Box = (H)25cm x (W)18cm x (D)40cm Standard type 1 archive box 0.18 linear metresSubject(s): May, Lorna | Canberra Women's Archive | Feminism | AustraliaProduction credits: CREATION / PRODUCTION CREDIT: Library permission and acknowledgement required. Summary: ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY / BIOGRAPHY The Canberra Women’s Archive was started early in 1982 by a small group of students at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. It was supported, although not funded, by ANU. The collection documents the history of the second wave feminism movement in community women’s groups in Canberra. It comprises the records of thirty-five community women’s organisations, which were established in the ACT during the 1970s and 1980s. Personal papers of some of the women involved with these groups are included in the collection. In 1993 it became impossible for the Canberra Women’s Archive to continue to house the collection due to lack of funds. Mary Hutchison and Frances Sutherland donated the material to JSNWL. Conditions of the donation were that the collection was to be kept together and not subsumed into a major collection because of its unique characteristics. Lorna May’s papers are part of the Canberra Women’s Archive. More research needs to be done to determine the context in which Lorna May’s papers were created and their relationship to the work undertaken by her. However, most of the papers in this collection relate to the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) and Preterm Clinic. Many papers have Beryl Henderson’s name on them, consequently it may be assumed they were inherited from her. Included in the collection is a document ‘Memories of Lorna May’ written by WEL member and friend, Shirley Kral. The document was sent to the Library by Lorna’s son, Peter Knaus, and provides anecdotes of Shirley’s friendship with Lorna and their shared passion in women’s issues. Shirley writes that Lorna’s membership of the Humanist Society sparked her interest in abortion reform; Lorna was a member of Women’s Liberation in Canberra and the Women’s Electoral Lobby. [See file 67].
List(s) this item appears in: Women's Electoral Lobby: Stage 6 History Women's Movements
Holdings
Item type Current library Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode
Archives - Collection Archives - Collection
Lorna May Collection Compartment 1/Bay 1/Shelf 5/Position 1 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available for reference in the library

ARRANGEMENT OF CONTENTS
Box 0022;
Series Nos 1-13;
Files: 48-65.

BOX NO 0022 LIST and SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series 1: Constitution of ALRA (ACT)and associated papers c.1969.

This series consists of a draft copy of the ALRA (ACT) constitution which is undated together with an undated copy of the aims and objectives of the Association. A list of Council members dated 1969 is included with the papers.
File 48.

Series 2: Minutes of ALRA Committee Meeting 1971-1973.
The series consists of minutes of ALRA (ACT) and minutes of ALRA(Vic), 1971-1973.
File 49.

Series 3: Reports 1969-1973.
This series is made up of reports on issues regarding abortion law reform.
File 50.

Series 4: Submissions 1970-1977.
This series comprises four submissions relating to issues of abortion and law reform.
File 51.

Series 5: Conference Papers 1976.
This series contains a paper given by Denise White at the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) National Conference in Perth, 1976.
File 52.

Series 6: Speeches 1971-1972.
This series comprises three speeches. It also includes some of the papers generated between the speaker and ALRA.
File 53.

Series 7: Papers 1967-1975.
This series comprises papers generated by ALRA (ACT) and ALRA in other states. Most of the papers pertain to abortion and issues concerning abortion law reform. Journal articles within the folders also relate to abortion.
File 54, File 55, File 56.

Series 8 Publications: 1968-1975.
This series includes a numerous extracts from journals and publications relating to issues of abortion.
File 58, File 59.

Series 9: Newsletters 1968-1978.
This series comprises a number of British newsletters from ALRA, A Woman’s Right to Choose and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. It includes Australian newsletters from ALRA (ACT), ABRA and Right to Choose. Some ALRA (ACT) newsletters and ABRA Vol. No 3 are missing.
File 60, File 61.

Series 10: Information Circulars 1971-1972.
This series contains information circulars produced by ALRA (ACT), which detail activities of the organisation. The file contains six information circulars.
File 62.

Series 11: Pamphlets/Handouts 1971-1977.
The series comprises pamphlets and handouts that relate to activities of feminist organisations involved in abortion law reform. The file includes handouts and pamphlets from ALRA (ACT), Abortion Counselling Service, Family Life Movement, Control, Women’s Community Health Centre Leichhardt, A Woman’s Right to Choose (Britain), Pregnancy Advisory Service, Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (USA). The lyrics to Abortion in Australia have been included in this file.
File 63.

Series 12: Letters to Beryl Henderson 1968-1978.
This series contains two letters written to Beryl Henderson founder of ALRA (ACT). One air letter typewritten from Diane Munday, general secretary of ALRA Britain dated 17 April 1975. One three paged handwritten undated letter from Dorothy Nolan who appears to have connections with Preterm. The printed information included was originally attached to the letter.
File 64.

Series 13: Press Clippings 1974-1975.
This series contains two clippings from British and Australian newspapers relating to women’s clinics, issues of abortion and contraception.
File 65.

Series 14: Lorna May interviews, 1988-2002.
This series contains interviews with Lorna May
File 66, 67.

RESTRICTIONS OF PUBLICATION:
Reproduction rights are owned by Jessie Street National Women's Library. Material may be saved or printed for private research, however, if it is to be used for any other purpose, a ‘Request Permission to Publish’ form should be completed.
RESTRICTIONS ON PHYSICAL ACCESS:
Available for research in Library.

CREATION / PRODUCTION CREDIT:
Library permission and acknowledgement required.

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY / BIOGRAPHY

The Canberra Women’s Archive was started early in 1982 by a small group of students at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. It was supported, although not funded, by ANU. The collection documents the history of the second wave feminism movement in community women’s groups in Canberra. It comprises the records of thirty-five community women’s organisations, which were established in the ACT during the 1970s and 1980s. Personal papers of some of the women involved with these groups are included in the collection. In 1993 it became impossible for the Canberra Women’s Archive to continue to house the collection due to lack of funds. Mary Hutchison and Frances Sutherland donated the material to JSNWL. Conditions of the donation were that the collection was to be kept together and not subsumed into a major collection because of its unique characteristics.

Lorna May’s papers are part of the Canberra Women’s Archive. More research needs to be done to determine the context in which Lorna May’s papers were created and their relationship to the work undertaken by her. However, most of the papers in this collection relate to the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) and Preterm Clinic. Many papers have Beryl Henderson’s name on them, consequently it may be assumed they were inherited from her.

Included in the collection is a document ‘Memories of Lorna May’ written by WEL member and friend, Shirley Kral. The document was sent to the Library by Lorna’s son, Peter Knaus, and provides anecdotes of Shirley’s friendship with Lorna and their shared passion in women’s issues. Shirley writes that Lorna’s membership of the Humanist Society sparked her interest in abortion reform; Lorna was a member of Women’s Liberation in Canberra and the Women’s Electoral Lobby. [See file 67].

RESTRICTIONS ON REPRODUCTION
Library permission and acknowledgement is required to copy material for research purposes.

SOURCE OF ACQUISITION:

Mary Hutchison and Frances Sutherland donated the material to JSNWL. Conditions of the donation were that the collection was to be kept together and not subsumed into a major collection because of its unique characteristics.

The papers of Lorna May, part of the Women’s Archive, later known as the Canberra Women’s Archive, were deposited with the Women’s Archive on July 17, 1984. Conditions of access were that the papers were to be shown to women only. They were received by Jessie Street National Women’s Library (JSNWL) in a type 1A Archive box labelled Ms 31 Box 70 in July 1993.

Most of the papers relate to the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) and Preterm. Many of the papers have Beryl Henderson’s name on them; consequently it may be assumed they were inherited from her. Most of the papers comprising loose leaf and bound papers in typescript were contained in manila folders. As they were in no discernible order when received by JSNWL they have been arranged into series for ease of access. File no 56 is in original order.
Deed of Gift DATE OF ACQUISITION:
17/07/1984 A1999/3 EXTENT:
1 x standard archive box

Copyright holder is JSNWL.

LANGUAGE:
English

OWNERSHIP & CUSTODIAL HISTORY
JSNWL

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