Hutchins Library
Special Collections & Archives
Guide to the Mountain Maternal Health League Records

Accession Number: 53
Mountain Maternal Health League Records, 1936-1997
Bulk Dates: 1937-1990s
4.4 linear ft.
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Series I - History
Series II - Clinical and Medical
Series III - Administrative and Financial Records
Series IV - Clinical and Medical
Series V - Publicity and Fundraising
Series VI - Correspondence, 1937-1979
Series VII - Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Series VIII - Artifacts
Series IX - Restricted Correspondence

Access and Use:

Preferred citation: Mountain Maternal Health League Records, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.

Overview of the Collection

These materials include correspondence; history, administrative and financial records; and educational material relating to the work of the Mountain Maternal Health League (MMHL) for the period 1937-1997.

Related Archives:

Louise Hutchins, RG 3
Frontier Nursing Service Collection, 1911-1976, SAA 14
Jane Pearson, RG 9


The League was founded in 1936 in Berea, Kentucky for the purpose of promoting birth control as a means of improving the health of mothers and children in portions of south central and eastern Kentucky. The League's service area has included Estill, Harlan, Garrard, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Powell, Rockcastle, and Whitley counties. To reach rural women, League nurses traveled by auto and on horseback, delivering babies and providing birth control education. In addition, an office worker kept clients supplied with refills of contraceptive supplies via mail. In 1944 the League established a clinic at the Berea Hospital staffed by volunteer women physicians and soon thereafter affiliated with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

14 Manuscript Boxes

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