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Planned Parenthood of Maryland Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R0099-PP

Scope and Contents

The Planned Parenthood of Maryland Records document the administration and activities of the clinic between 1927 and 1973 related to the health care services and education programs it provided. The collection includes minutes from annual meetings and committees work, correspondence, administrative and personal files, reports, clinic statistics, financial records, educational materials, and reference materials of the organization devoted to the education and clinical services in the area of birth control, family planning, and marriage counseling.


  • 1927-1973
  • Majority of material found within Bulk dates: 1927-1966


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Planned Parenthood of Maryland, first known as the Bureau for Contraceptive Advice, began in 1927 as a clinic at 1028 N. Broadway, one of thirteen birth control clinics in the nation at that time. It was founded by William H. Howell, Raymond Pearl, J. Whitridge Williams, Donald E. Hooker, and Bessie Moses. The Bureau was financed by private individuals, chiefly Dr. and Mrs. Donald H. Hooker, who also donated the house on Broadway to the organization.

In 1932, the clinic was reorganized under the name of the Baltimore Birth Control Clinic, which was incorporated in 1935. The local organization became a member of the national federation in 1938, and four years later, the name of both the local and national groups was changed to Planned Parenthood. The Maryland League for Planned Parenthood was formed in 1940 to expand clinic services and educational programs statewide.


40.42 Linear Feet (40 containers)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged in 7 series:

  • Organizational Records
  • Committees
  • Annual Meeting
  • Office of Executive Director
  • Medical Director
  • General Records
  • Laurie Schwab Zabin Records

Custodial History

The records of Planned Parenthood of Maryland were donated to the University of Baltimore by Annette Lieberman in July 1972 and deposited at the University's Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center in five accessions between 1972 and 1978. On February 1, 2017, 5 linear feet of records from Laurie Schwab Zabin were donated by Jessica Strauss.

Accessing Digital Copies

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Finding aid for the Planned Parenthood of Maryland Records
Finding aid prepared by archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (2022).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA