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Jean Hunt papers


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Jean Hunt (b.1945) is a registered nurse and has participated in a variety of organized community-based civil rights, anti-war, and Women's liberation movements on the regional and national levels. Hunt became very active in the Women's Health and Liberation movement working as part of a collective organizing interest groups and events at a Philadelphia Women's Liberation Center. The Center spawned a number of Women's groups in the area, including, the Philadelphia Reproductive Rights Organization (PRRO) and Philadelphia Women's Health Collective (PWHC). Several non-profits had their start in small groups at the Women's Liberation Center: Women's Way, Women's Law Project (WLP), Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), CHOICE, Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women, WAGE, Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN), and Community Women's Education Project (CWEP).

Hunt worked in healthcare for twenty years as a staff nurse, visiting nurse, and Director of Outpatient Services for pre-natal and pediatrics at the John B. Franklin/Booth Maternity Center. As the Executive Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women, a comprehensive reproductive health care facility that provided first-trimester abortions as well as general women's health care. In the 1990s, Hunt's focus shifted to local government as she began her career working at the Philadelphia Recreation Department, raising funds for community programs and creating initiatives for Girls' Sports and Environmental Education. Hunt headed the Mayor's Children and Families Cabinet at the end of the Rendell Administration and was the Director of Children, Youth and Families Programs at the William Penn Foundation from 2000-2003. As Executive Director of the Campaign for Working Families from 2003-2010, Hunt was responsible for oversight of the assessment of grant proposals and lead strategic planning for the organization. She returned to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation until her retirement in 2013.

As of 2022, Jean Hunt is Co-Chair of the Bread and Roses Community Fund Board, a leading funder of grassroots organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in the Philadelphia region

The collection documents the activities of Activist Jean Hunt, whose career has included paid event and interest group organizing, staff nursing, running a feminist women's health center, working for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, foundation work, and running two nonprofits: Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women and the Campaign for Working Families. The collection primarily reflects the Women's Rights and Liberation movement in Philadelphia, nationally, and internationally. Materials include meeting minutes and demonstration event planning notes from various Women's health organizations and conferences, abortion rights action, court testimonies, speeches and papers, pamphlets and leaflets, news clippings, magazines, underground press, negatives, and contact sheets from the SEPTA bus campaign, and subject files on abortion, birth control, forced sterilization, HIV, violence against women, maternity and pre-natal care, occupational health and safety, and mental health.

The Jean Hunt papers are arranged in three series, one of which has been further arranged into subseries based on the donor's professional affiliations. The contents of each series or subseries are arranged chronologically.

The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series I: Personal Arranged chronologically

Series II: Women's Health Organizations Arranged chronologically

Subseries IIa: Women's Liberation Center Arranged chronologically

Subseries IIb: Women's Health Collective Arranged chronologically

Subseries IIc: Philadelphia Reproductive Rights Organization (PRRO) Arranged chronologically

Subseries IId: Booth Maternity Center Arranged chronologically

Subseries IIe: Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women Arranged chronologically

Subseries IIf: Independent Consultant Arranged chronologically

Series III: Publications Arranged chronologically

Series II, Subseries IIc, Folder 25 contains photographic materials that have been damaged. The chemicals on the photographic paper were not washed properly and pages have melded together. Conservation techniques were applied to the majority of the photographs but there are some that still need attention when there is time.

This collection was donated in 2019 by Jean Hunt.

Drexel University: College of Medicine Legacy Center
Finding Aid Author
Theana Noelle Kastens
Finding Aid Date
2022 October
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Collection Inventory

Physical Description

0.2 linear feet

Early to Young Adult materials, 1950-1963.
Box 1 Folder 1
New Jersey Registered Nurse License, 1978.
Box 1 Folder 2
Speech on Feminist Movement in Philadelphia, 2018.
Box 1 Folder 3

Physical Description

1.8 linear feet

Newsletters and Corespondence, 1969-1978.
Box 1 Folder 4
Meeting Minutes and Newsletters, 1970-1972.
Box 1 Folder 5
Proposal for Counseling Black Men in the Draft, 1971.
Box 1 Folder 6
Women Strike for Peace (Canada Conference), 1971.
Box 1 Folder 7
Stop Rizzo Coalition, 1978.
Box 1 Folder 8
Therapy Resource Packets, 1969-1970.
Box 1 Folder 9
Forced Sterilization, 1970.
Box 1 Folder 10
Violence Against Women, 1971.
Box 1 Folder 11
Newsclippings on Prostitution, 1971.
Box 1 Folder 12
Meeting Minutes, 1971-1977.
Box 1 Folder 13
Women's Health Conference and Lecture Series, 1972.
Box 1 Folder 14
Meeting Minutes and Pamphlets, 1972-1981.
Box 1 Folder 15
Collection of Articles, 1972-1975.
Box 1 Folder 16
Meeting Minutes, 1973-1979.
Box 1 Folder 17
Newsclippings on General Health, 1975.
Box 1 Folder 18
Free Clinic Proposals, 1976-1979.
Box 1 Folder 19
Demonstrate to Decide, 1979.
Box 1 Folder 20
Literature on Birth Control and Abortion, 1976-1981.
Box 1 Folder 21
Membership List, 1980-1982.
Box 1 Folder 22
PRRO Newsletter, 1980-1983.
Box 1 Folder 23
Bus Campaign Materials, 1980-2002.
Box 1 Folder 24
Bus Campaign Photographs and Negatives, 1981.
Box 1 Folder 25
Bus Campaign Planning Materials, 1981-1985.
Box 1 Folder 26
Speakers Bureau, 1981.
Box 1 Folder 27
PRRO Letters, Minutes, and Notes, 1981-1982.
Box 1 Folder 28
Phone Tree, 1982.
Box 1 Folder 29
Acknowledgement Letters re: Cherry Hill, 1982.
Box 1 Folder 30
Vendor Applicatons for Cherry Hill, 1982.
Box 1 Folder 31
Cherry Hill Demonstration Materials, 1982.
Box 1 Folder 32
Cherry Hill Demonstration Support Letters, 1982.
Box 2 Folder 1
Cherry Hill Demonstration Leaflets and Posters, 1982.
Box 2 Folder 2
Sibs at Birth Workshop, 1984.
Box 2 Folder 3
Conference Coalition Building, 1985.
Box 2 Folder 4
Administrative Files, 1987-1988.
Box 2 Folder 5
Meeting Minutes and Policies, 1989-1992.
Box 2 Folder 6
Grant Applications and Proposals, 1990-1993.
Box 2 Folder 7
Women and HIV Pamphlets, 1992-1993.
Box 2 Folder 8
Women's Health Conference, Chicago, 1992.
Box 2 Folder 9
General Women's Health, 1992.
Box 2 Folder 10
CHOICE- Children's Health Hotline, 1993.
Box 2 Folder 11
Maternity Care Coalition Grant Application, 1993.
Box 2 Folder 12

Physical Description

0.5 linear feet

Women's Liberation Journal, 1969-1970.
Box 2 Folder 13
Women's Liberation Journal, 1971.
Box 2 Folder 14
Women's Liberation Journal, 1971-1972.
Box 2 Folder 15
Underground Press, 1970-1971.
Box 2 Folder 16
The Health/PAC Bulletin, 1970-1978.
Box 2 Folder 17
Health Policy Advisory Center Health Packet, 1970-1989.
Box 2 Folder 18
Women's Bibliographies and Feminist Bookstore Catalogs.
Box 2 Folder 19
Time Magazine Special Issue, The American Woman.
Box 2 Folder 20
Tell-A-Woman Newsletters, 1972-1981.
Box 2 Folder 21
Perspectives, The False Promise, and Women in Health Issues in Healthcare, 1973-1976.
Box 2 Folder 22
Health Right, Women's Health Forum, 1975-1976.
Box 2 Folder 23
Booklets on Women's Health and Safety, 1976-1982.
Box 2 Folder 24
Underground Press, 1980-1982.
Box 2 Folder 25
MS Magazine, Philadelphia Daily News, 1992-1993.
Box 2 Folder 26
Reports of Reproductive Rights in the US, 1992-1993.
Box 2 Folder 27

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