Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the collection consists of Lader's research files on abortion and birth control. These include correspondence, reports, articles, unpublished speeches, legal briefs, pamphlets, brochures, news clippings, and leaflets on all aspects of the issues. These files are arranged according to the chapter of the book for which Lader used them. There are also drafts of his books - Abortion (1966), Abortion II (1973), and Foolproof Birth Control (1972) - and articles. In 1968-1969, Lader wrote two magazine articles based on questionnaires that he sent to women who had recently had illegal abortions. The 500 questionnaires, which provide information on family history, use of birth control techniques, how the abortion was obtained, cost, and psychological and social reactions, often contain personal notes written to Lader by the respondents. These materials are closed. There are also some records Lader accumulated as an officer of NARAL, but these are restricted.