Guttmacher, Alan Frank papers, 1860s, 1898-1974. H MS c155

Dublin Core


Guttmacher, Alan Frank papers, 1860s, 1898-1974. H MS c155


Alan Frank Guttmacher, (1898-1974), was President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1962 to 1974. His research focused on women's reproductive health issues including family planning, birth control, legalized abortion, sterility, fertility, multiple birth pregnancies, and global overpopulation. Guttmacher was an obstetrician, gynecologist, and family planning advocate in Baltimore, Md. before becoming Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 1952. Guttmacher was Medical Director of the Margaret Sanger Research Bureau in New York and Chairman of the Planned Parenthood Medical Committee before assuming the presidency of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1962.

Collection consists of colleague and patient correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, writings, publications, data, and photographs resulting from Guttmacher's administrative and personal activities as President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1962 to 1974. Includes writings, notes, reports, meeting minutes, travel diaries, itineraries, and photographs from Guttmacher's work as an advocate for the development of international family planning programs and his efforts to foster a stronger relationship between the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Also contains Guttmacher's personal correspondence, operating journals as a resident at Johns Hopkins University, writings by his wife, Leonore Guttmacher; his memoir manuscripts, and family photographs, including several photographs of his twin brother psychiatrist Manfred Guttmacher.

Collection Items

Hate letter to Guttmacher
Guttmacher received letters from individuals disagreeing with the Planned Parenthood’s mission and services. Many wrote to Guttmacher with ideological and religious differences.

Letter to Guttmacher from Brooklyn, New York
For every letter of dissenting views Guttmacher received, he read an equal amount of letters commending his work. This letter, written by a single mother, encourages Planned Parenthood to reach out to poorer communities where birth control was not…

Certificate from Blue Grass Airport
Guttmacher traveled to urban and rural destinations as Planned Parenthood President. He lectured on the importance of birth control, met with local family planning leaders, and appeared at Planned Parenthood affiliate offices.

Storrs, Connecticut Poster
As Planned Parenthood expanded its services to include fertility services and contraception for child spacing purposes, the organization remained close to its original purpose: to provide accessible birth control to individuals. Guttmacher often…

Planned Parenthood-World Population, President’s Letter from Alan Guttmacher
Guttmacher strengthened the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s connections with the International Planned Parenthood Federation by increasing his international activities as President. Guttmacher traveled to Cuba in 1966 to address the…

Alan Guttmacher's Calendar
Guttmacher’s schedule included traveling to national and international conferences, lecturing to various audiences including local Planned Parenthood centers, and training medical professionals on the importance of birth control. His journals…

Letter to Alan Guttmacher from Leo J. Holmsten
Before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 legalizing abortion in the United States, many physicians wrote to Guttmacher pleading for increased advocacy and education of birth control and abortions in the United States. Physicians and…

Abortion Calls to Alan Guttmacher
Guttmacher as President of Planned Parenthood received telephone calls from women of diverse backgrounds and family situations seeking abortion assistance before abortion was legalized in the United States in 1973.

Alan F. Guttmacher
Alan Frank Guttmacher (1893-1974) was a trained obstetrician and gynecologist in Baltimore, Md. and New York City who began advocating for easier access to birth control and legalized abortion in the United States after witnessing a woman die due to…

Alan Guttmacher at Cincinnati Planned Parenthood Open House
Guttmacher frequently appeared at events hosted by local affiliates such as this open house in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964.

Alan Guttmacher, with wife Leonore, and a Fillipino colleague
Guttmacher heightened Planned Parenthood of America’s international profile by expanding the organization’s mission to include the prevention of global overpopulation and the encouragement of prenatal care for expectant mothers. Here,…

Alan Guttmacher with a priest
Guttmacher participated in panel discussions and open discourses with religious leaders regarding birth control usage and the legalization of abortion in the United States
View all 18 items

Collection Tree