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Title: North Dakota Right to Life Association Records
 
Dates: 1949-1982

Collection Number: 10410

Quantity: 12 feet

Provenance:  The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the North Dakota Right To Life Association Records as a gift from the Association on February 21, 1984, and October 24, 1985.  This collection was processed and the inventory prepared by Karen Mund, Grace Wanttaja, and Kari Rombs Kohlhoff in August 1988.

Property Rights:  The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights:  The North Dakota Right to Life Association has dedicated such copyrights as it possesses in this collection to the public. Consideration of all other copyrights is the responsibility of the researcher.

Access:  This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation:  Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

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HISTORICAL SKETCH

A non-profit, non-sectarian organization committed to informing and educating the general public, the North Dakota Right to Life Association was organized in November of 1970.  Its first officers were:  Dr. Albert Fortman, chairman; Marty Lunch, vice-chairman; Karen Larson, secretary; and Frank Kadlec, treasurer.  The Association was formed in response to a perceived need to reawaken the values of North Dakotans in regard to the value of human life and the abortion issue.  Initial guidance and financial assistance for the Association came from the North Dakota Catholic Conference.  Later the North Dakota State Council of the Knights of Columbus also aided the Association's cause.

As popular support for the Association's purpose grew in the early 1970s, local chapters were established across the state.  In 1972 an initiated measure which would have allowed licensed physicians to terminate pregnancy, provided certain pre-conditions were met, was placed on the November ballot; the measure was rejected by approximately 77% of those voting.  This pro-life victory was nullified by the United States Supreme Court in January 1973 with its decision in Roe vs. Wade.

Subsequent to the Supreme Court decision, the North Dakota Right to Life Association joined with similar organizations to form a national organization, the National Right to Life Committee.  Dr. Albert Fortman, then chairman of the North Dakota association, participated directly in the formation of the National Right to Life Committee and served on its first Executive Committee.  In the meantime the Association launched within the state "... a vast legislative program designed to protect the unborn to the fullest possible extent permitted..." by the Roe vs. Wade decision.  The Association also supported efforts to pass a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution, which would have restored to the federal government and to the various states the legal right to control the abortion procedure, and a Human Life Statute subject to Supreme Court review.

The Association's efforts were originally carried out by an Executive Secretary and two action committees:  Education and Finance.  A Legislative Committee was added later.  An Advisory Committee, comprised of religious educators, attorneys, and physicians, was also formed to assist the Association.  The North Dakota Right to Life Association is headquartered in Bismarck, with members representing all areas of the state.

Source:  North Dakota Right to Life Association Records, 1949-1982, 7.5 ft., 10410.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The North Dakota Right To Life Association Records date from 1949 to 1982, the bulk of material dating from 1970 to 1972, and measure 7 ½ ft.  This collection documents the organization of and activities pursued by the Association to fulfill its purpose of informing and educating the general public on questions related to the value of human life.  The records relate primarily to the 1972 abortion initiative campaign.

The records of the North Dakota Right to Life Association consist of minutes and subject files.  The minutes date from 1970 to 1973 and consist of three file folders.  Containing minutes of the Board of Directors meetings, these three folders document the Association's concerns and activities, including campaign strategies, annual conventions, conferences, elections of officers, employment interviews, finances and fund raising, and public relations activities.  Included with the minutes are agenda, memoranda, and financial reports.  The minutes are arranged chronologically.

The subject files date from 1949 to 1982, the bulk of files dating from 1970 to 1972, and measure approximately 7.5 ft.  An appointment book, several card files, clippings, correspondence, two desk calendars of the executive director, several legislative bills and court briefs, mailing lists, pamphlets, petitions, out-of-state publications, a questionnaire, speeches, surveys, and one oversize file make up the subject files.  Subjects of interest include the 1972 abortion initiative; birth control; local chapters and memberships; legislative candidates' positions; public relations; the theological, medical, and legal aspects of abortion; and women's liberation.  The subject files are arranged alphabetically by keyword.

BOX / FOLDER INVENTORY

Minutes

Box 1:
1 Board of Directors Minutes      1970-1972           
2 Board of Directors Minutes      1970-1972           
3 Board of Directors Minutes      1973      

Subject Files

4 Abortion Clinic Regulations       1973                      
5 Abortion Initiative        1969-1972           
6 Abortion Initiative        1970-1972           
7 Abortion Initiative        1972      
8 Abortion Initiative        1972      
9 Adoption          1972      
10 Appointment Book    1972      
11 Arback, Dan  1972-1973           
12 Attorneys      1971-1972           
13 Bibliographies and Reference Meetings           1970      
14 Bills and Receipts        1970-1972           
15 Birth Control and Family Planning        1970-1973           
16 Birthright       1971-1972           
17 Bismarck Diocese CCD Teacher Training            1968-1969           
18 Board of Directors Agenda and Memoranda                  1972      
19 Books and Tapes Lists               1970      
20 Candidates' Positions on Abortion      1972      
21 Candidates' Statements          1972      
22 Catholic Conference 1972-1973           
23 Catholic Parishes        1971-1972           
24 Chapter and County Chairpersons      1972      
25 Chapter Contacts       1971      
26 Chapter Members, Various   1972-1973
27 Chapter Organization Information      1971      
28 Chapter Organization Information                     
29 Chapters                       
30 Chapters Correspondence     1970      

Chapters, Local

31 Beach             
32 Berlin               1972      
33 Bismarck        1972      
34 Carrington                    
35 Center            1972      
36 Devils Lake    1972      
37 Dickinson       1971-1972           
38 Fargo               1972      
39 Garrison         1972      
40 Glen Ullin       1972      
41 Grafton          1972      
42 Grand Forks  1972      
43 Jamestown   1972      
44 Langdon         1972      
45 Linton and Emmons County   1972      
46 Minot              1972      
47 Mott                               
48 Napoleon      1972      
49 Park River      1972      
50 Richardton    1972      
51 Rugby              1972      
52 Wahpeton     1972      
53 Williston         1972      
54 Chapters, Potential   1972      
55 Circle of Life Bracelets              1973      

Box 2:
1 Clergy Conference, General Information           1972      
2 Clippings           1971-1972           
3 Clippings           1972      
4 Clippings           1961-1973           
5 Clippings           1967-1974           
6 Contributions 1970-1972           
7 Contributions                
8 Convention, National  1972      
9 Convention, North Dakota, Attendance             1972-1973           
10  Corporation, Legal    1970      
11 Correspondence        1970-1971           
12 Correspondence        1970-1972           
13 Correspondence        1970-1972           
14 Correspondence        1972      
15 Correspondence        1974      
16 Correspondence        1974      
17 Democratic Party Platform     1976      
18 Dentists          1971-1972           
19 Desk Calendar             1972      
20 Desk Calendar             1972      
21 Desk Calendar             1972      
22 Desk Calendar             1972      
23 Dickinson Area Card File 58601                            

Box 3:
1 Dickinson Area Card File 58601                               
2 Dickinson Area Card File 58601                               
3 Directory, Right To Life, State                 
4 Editorials          1949-1971           
5 Education Directory     1972      
6 England, Abortion in    1969-1970           
7 Euthanasia       1970-1971           
8 Expense Books, Dan Arbach    1972      
9 Expense Books, Russ Wilhelm 1972      
10 Financial Data               1972
11 Fortman, Dr. Albert   1970-1972           
12 History, North Dakota Right to Life     1972-1981           
13 Hodgson, Dr. Jane Elizabeth  1970-1971           
14 Hospital Administrators           1971      
15 Humanizing the Abortion Issue            1969-1970           
16 "Hymn of Life (The Song of the Unborn)"        1972      
17 "In Defense of Life"  1970      
18 Insurance      1971      
19 Japan, Abortion in      1967-1970           
20 Jaycees           1972      
21 Judicial Opinion           1968-1971           
22 Knights of Columbus 1972      
23 Knights of Columbus Information Kit 1973      
24 Knights of Columbus State Council     1972      
25 Laws Concerning Abortion     1970-1972           
26 Layouts           1970-1971           
27 Leases, Contracts and Office Equipment          1972      
28 Legal Action  1979-1982           
29 Legal Action  1982      
30 Legal and Legislative Action   1967-1970           
31 Legal Aspects               1964-1971           
32 Legislation     1973      

Box 4:
1 Legislation Proposed   1967      
2 Legislation, Various States'       1964-1971           
3 Legislative Committee                1969-1971          
4 Legislative Data             1967-1971           
5 Legislators       1972      
6 Liberalized Abortion    1970-1972           
7 Long, John and Christine           1974      
8 "Love for Life from Beginning to End"                 
9 Magill, Frank   1972      
10 Mailing and Membership Information              1972      
11 Mailing List                   
12 Mailing List                   
13 Mailing List, Bulk         1973      
14 Mailing List, Parish     1971-1972           
15 Mailing List, Removed from   1972      
16 Mailing List to Parishes             1972-1973           
17 Mailing List Updating                1972      
18 Manuals on Action                    
19 "Maude" Television Episode 1973      
20 Medical Aspects         1970      
21 Medical Aspects         1967-1972           
22 Members, Friends, and Telephone List            1971      
23 Memberships              1972      
24 Memberships              1972      
25 Memberships by Locale A-H                 
26 Memberships by Locale I-U                  
27 Memberships by Locale V-Z                 
28 Memberships, New  1972-1973           
29 Memberships, Paid   1972-1978           
30 Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life             1968      
31 Minot Area Card File, 58701                  
32 Minot Area Card File, 58701                  
33 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts       1970-1972           

Box 5:
1 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts         1970-1972           
2 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts         1971-1972           
3 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts         1971-1972           
4 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts         1971-1972           
5 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts         1971-1972           
6 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts         1972      
7 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts         1970-1973           
8 Miscellaneous Information and Handouts         1972-1973           
9 Morality            1971      
10 Name Lists    1971-1972           
11 Name Lists, Master   1970-1971           
12 National Right to Life Committee        1970-1972           
13 National Right to Life Committee        1970-1972           
14 National Right to Life Committee        1972      
15 National Right to Life Committee        1972      
16 New York, Abortion in              1970      
17 News Media 1971      
18 News Releases            1970-1971           
19 News Releases            1972      
20 Newsletters, Outside               1970     
21 Newsletters, Outside               1971     

Box 6:
1 Newsletters, Outside 1971-1972           
2 Newsletters, Outside 1971-1972           
3 Newsletters, Rough Copies      1976      
4 Newspapers in North Dakota  1972      
5 Nurses              1970-1972           
6 Nurses              1972      
7 Nurses, Burleigh County            1972      
8 Nurses, Cass County   1972      
9 Nurses, Registered      1970      
10 Nurses, Registered    1970      
11 Nurses, Ward County               1972      
12 Officers, Board and Friends   1972-1973           
13 Opponents   1970-1972           
14 Organization of Action             1970      
15 Organization of Action             1970-197             
16 Organization of Action                            
17 Pamphlets     1969-1972           
18 Pamphlets     1972-1982           
19 Pennsylvania, Abortion in       1971-1972           
20 Petitions        1970-1971           
21 Petitions        1970-1971           
22 Petitions        1971      
23 Petitions        1972      
24 Petitions        1972      
25 Physicians      1971-1972           
26 Political Activity           1972-1973           
27 Politics, Action Course in Practical                      
28 Politics and Abortion 1971      
29 Population    1967-1972           

Box 7:
1 Population       1970-1972           
2 Postal Regulations and Permits              1970-1973           
3 Presentation Ideas      1969-1972           
4 Presentations                1972     
5 Priests, Bismarck Diocese          1972-1973           
6 Priests, Fargo Diocese                1972-1973           
7 Pro-Abortion Material                1971-1972           
8 Professional Organizations       1972-1973           
9 Protestant Clergy         1972-1974           
10 Public Relations           1972      
11 Public Relations Manual                         
12 Public Relations, Radio and Television               1972      
13 Public Relations, Speeches     1972      
14 Publications, Requests for      1970-1971           
15 Questionnaire, State Organization      1973      
16 Regional Centers        1970      
17 Republican State Convention Delegates          1972      
18 Similar Organizations                1969-1971           
19 Similar Organizations, Other States                   
20 Slide Presentation Script         1972      
21 Smith, Ted R.                1972      
22 Social Workers             1971      
23 SOUL (Save Our Unwanted Life)          1971-1972           
24 Source List for Friends              1973      
25 Speakers Bureau        1972      
26 Speakers for April 17 Meeting              1972      
27 Speakers, Request for             1972      
28 Speaking Engagements                         
29 Speeches       1970      
30 Speeches       1968-1972           
31 Speeches       1970-1972           
32 Speeches and Articles              1967-1970           
33 Speeches and Articles              1968-1971           
34 Speeches and Articles              1966-1972           
35 Subscriptions to National Newspaper               1973-1974           
36 Supreme Court of the U. S., Briefs      1970      
37 Survey of Legislative Candidates         1972      
38 Survey of Legislative Candidates         1972      

Box 8:
1 Testimony       1968-1971           
2 Theological Aspects     1960-1970           
3 Theological Themes     1971      
4 Unwanted Children and Child Abuse   1970-1971           
5 Volunteer Card File      1972      
6 Volunteer Card File      1972      
7 Volunteer Card File      1972      
8 Volunteer Card File      1972      
9 Volunteer Lists and Correspondence   1972      
10 Volunteers, Office                    
11 Wald, Don     1973      
12 Washington State Fight           1970      
13 Washington State Referendum 20      1970      
14 Wilhelm, Russ              1972      
15 Williston Area Card File                           
16 Women's Liberation  1971      
17 Women's Organizations, Area              1972      
18 Women's Organizations, Bismarck      1971-1972           
19 Zip Code 580               
20 Zip Code 581               
21 Zip Code 582               
22 Zip Code 583               
23 Zip Code 584               
24 Zip Code 585               
25 Zip Code 586               
26 Zip Code 587               
27 Zip Code 588

Box 9:
Cassette tape – Conrad, Tudor, Warren, 1/22/1971
Cassette tape – “Abortion: False Assumptions,” January 31, 1971
Cassette tape – January 12, 1972 (3)
Cassette tape – “Abortion,” Joann, Shirley, July 1972
Cassette tape – Morgan McHugh, James Merrill, n.d.
Cassette tape – Johnson and Kneight discussion, n.d.
Cassette tape – Dr. Fortman, n.d.
Cassette tape – Father Thomas E. Kramer and Father Charles Carroll, n.d.
Cassette tape – Father Charles Caroll and Father Thomas E. Kramer, n.d. (3)
Cassette tape – Judge Lynch, n.d.
Cassette tape – Dr. Fortman, n.d. (2)
Cassette tape – Calvin J. Eichhorst and David W. Louisell, n.d.
Cassette tape – Dr. and Mrs. Fred Mecklenburg, n.d. (6)
Cassette tape – “Catholic position of Abortion,” Father Gerald, n.d.
Cassette tape – TTO, Bob Schuller, Joyce Contrad, Dr. Tudor, etc., n.d.
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Mrs. Fred Mecklenburg, n.d.
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Dr. Fred Mecklenburg, n.d.
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Father Charles Carroll, Clergy Conference, July 6, 1972
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Dr. Fred Meckenburg, Clergy Conference, July 6, 1972
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Father Thomas Kramer, Clergy Conference, July 6, 1972
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Dr. David Louisell, Clergy Conference, July 6, 1972 (2)
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – David W. Louisell,  n.d.
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Father Thomas Kramer, n.d.
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Father Charles Carroll, n.d.
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Calvin J. Eichhorst, St. John, n.d. (2)
Audio Reel  to Reel tape – Dr. Al Fortman, introductions and comments, n.d.             

Oversize
990412 Miscellaneous    1969-1970           

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