Refocusing Family Planning:

Selections from the Abraham Stone and Alan Guttmacher Papers

Alan Guttmacher with unidentified infant, c. 1960s.

From the Alan Guttmacher Papers.

Abraham Stone and Alan Guttmacher were instrumental in the development and growth of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America from the 1950s through the early 1970s.  Both were responsible for shifting the focus of the organization to include fertility services, marriage counseling, and the prevention of global overpopulation by collaboration with international colleagues while continuing to provide birth control and family planning education in the United States.  Stone’s collaboration with Margaret Sanger, particularly on global overpopulation prevention during the 1950s, was continued by Guttmacher in the 1960s and 1970s in his travels promoting family planning and his efforts to foster a tighter bond between the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. 

All items in this exhibit are from the Abraham Stone Papers and the Alan Guttmacher Papers held in the Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.  Finding aids for these collections are available on Harvard University Library’s Online Archival Search Information System (OASIS) website at:

Abraham Stone    Alan Guttmacher  Exhibit Catalog