University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Abortion Rights Action League (TARAL) Records, 1975-1996



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Abortion Rights Action League
Title: Texas Abortion Rights Action League (TARAL), Records
Dates: 1975-1996
Abstract: The Texas Abortion Rights Action League (TARAL) Records, 1975-1996, document the organization’s political activities and administrative business through subject files, printed material, correspondence, and administrative records.
Accession No.: 96-341; 97-011
Extent: 24 ft. 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Texas Abortion Rights Action League (TARAL) was formed in 1978 as a political interest group defending women’s access to abortion, recently legalized by the 1973 U. S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. Since its founding, TARAL, later renamed the Texas Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and then NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, has been a regional affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America. The mission of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is to guarantee all women access to reproductive choices through health care, birth control, and legal abortion. In service of this mission, the organization fundraises, conducts research, issues publications, organizes educational events, and campaigns for pro-choice politicians.

Sources:

Cullen, David O'Donald, and Kyle Grant Wilkison. The Texas Left: the radical roots of Lone Star liberalism. College Station: Texas A & M University Press. 2010.

Harvard University Library. “National Abortion Rights Action League. Records, 1968-1976: A Finding Aid.” Harvard University Library. Accessed November 20, 2010.

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. “Mission & Diversity Statement.” NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. Accessed October 20, 2010.


Scope and Contents

The Texas Abortion Rights Action League (TARAL) Records, 1975-1996, document the organization’s political activities and administrative business through subject files, printed material, correspondence, and administrative records. Among other topics, the records include information on politicians, legislation and elections, in particular Texas politicians and legislation the 1990s; related political organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice America and its affiliates; and journalism, academic research, and court cases related to women’s health, pregnancy and abortions, such as Webster v. Reproductive Health Services and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. Additionally, the collection details TARAL’s political and administrative functions, including event planning, board business, campus organizing and diversity training. Arrangement is by case files, organizations and issues subject files; publications; TARAL events and outreach; and legislative and electoral information.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Restricted pending archival review for privacy concerns.

Permission from donor is required for reproduction of published or unpublished works after 1990.

Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Texas Abortion Rights Action League -- Archives.
Subjects
Reproductive rights -- Texas.
Political activists -- Texas.
Pro-choice movement -- Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Abortion Rights Action League (TARAL) Records, 1975-1996, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1996-1997.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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