American Life Issues Archive. 1985-1992

  • Collection Number A-002
  • Collection Size: 6.6 linear feet

This Finding Aid consists of three sections:

Historical Note

The American Life Issues Archive (ALIA) is a very extensive collection of life topics ranging between the years of 1985 and 1992. The material was collected by former library director and Atlantic District archivist Kurt Bodling.

Scope and Content Note

The collection primarily consists of printed material such as news clippings and publications, periodicals and newsletters. The topics include the “Roe versus Wade” case as well as euthanasia subjects involving Dr. Kevorkian etc. The abortion issue covers both pro-life and pre-choice, whereof significantly more pro-life material is available then pre-choice. The collection also houses a variety of magazines mainly pro-life such as Focus on the Family, Lutheran Witness, Citizens, Direct Action News, etc.

The news clippings are not in chronological order and primarily stem from newspapers such as St. Louis Dispatch, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and USA Today. The news clippings need to be photocopied and/or reduced for longevity. Due to their fragile nature the news clippings of this collection should not be open to research by the outside until they are reproduced for more durable access.

The original holdings included extensive mass mailings from pro-life and pro-choice organizations. The entire collection of letters has been opened, the original mailing envelope, return envelope and fundraising forms were discarded and only the original letters are on file. Also included are “Some thoughts about the American Life Issue Archives…” compiled by Rev. Kurt Bodling.

The collection has been arranged in alphabetical order according to the subjects. Folders # 59 through # 68 include not only printed teaching resources but also include a banner used at a pro-life demonstration, a t-shirt, two books and a plastic embryo.

Folder List

f.
Title
1

Bibliography of Abortions

2

Correspondence & Notes

3

Critical Life Issues - Thesaurus

4

Life and Death Decision Pamphlets 1

5

Life and Death Decision Pamphlets 2

6

Life and Death Decision Pamphlets 3

7

Lutheran for Life Convention

8

Newsclippings - 1

9

Newsclippings - 2

10

Newsclippings - 3

11

Newsclippings - 4

12

Newsclippings - 5

13

Newsclippings - 6

14

Newsclippings - 7

15

Newsclippings - 8

16

Newsclippings - 9

17

Newsclippings - 10

18

Newsclippings - 11

19

Newsclippings - 12

20

Newsclippings - 13

21

Newsclippings - 14

22

Newsclippings - 15

23

Newsclippings - 16

24

Newsclippings - 17

25

Newsletters

26

Newspapers

27

Pamphlets

28

Printed Material I

29

Printed Material II

30

Printed Material III

31

Printed Material IV

32

Printed Material V

33

Pro-Choice Material - 1

34

Pro-Choice Material - 2

35

Pro-Choice Material - 3

36

Publications: Action Journal

37

Publications: Americans against Abortion

38

Publications: Citizens, Nov 1989 - Dec 1991

39

Publications: Citizens, Jan 1992 - April 1993

40

Publications: Direct Action News

41

Publications: Focus on the Family

42

Publications: Life Advocate, Jan 1992-Dec 1992

43

Publications: Life Advocate, Jan 1993-Dec 1993

44

Publications: Life Advocate, Jan 1994-Dec 1994

45

Publications: Life Advocate, Jan 1995-Mar 1995

46

Publications: Life Support Service News

47

Publications: Lutheran Witness

48

Publications: Lutherans for Life

49

Publications: Missouri Right to Life

50

Publications: NRL News

51

Publications: Pro-Life Action News

52

Publications: Rescue New Brief

53

Publications: Rescue Report

54

Publications: The Advocate, Mar 1986-Dec 1987

55

Publications: The Advocate, Jan 1988-Dec 1989

56

Publications: The Advocate, Jan 1990-Dec 1990

57

Publications: The National Rescuer

58

Publications: Various Magazines

59

Resource Material I

60

Resource Material II

61

Resource Material III

62

Resource Material IV

63

Resource Material V

64

Resource Material VI

65

Resource Material VII

66

Right to Life Material I

67

Right to Life Material II

68

Right to Life Material III

69

Right to Life Material IV

70

Right to Life Material V

71

Right to Life Material VI

72

Right to Life Material VII

73

Right to Life Material VIII

74

Walk For Life

Arranged by Brigitte Conkling; September 2006