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Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The American Catholic Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning
Title: Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning
Dates: 1964-1993
Extent: 10 linear feet; 8 boxes
Abstract: The Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning Records consists of administrative records, correspondence, state records, publications, and meeting materials.
Collection Number: 10
Language: English

Historical Note

The Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning was the final in a series of organizations stretching back more than three decades that coordinated the efforts of the of the bishops of the United States to study, promote and disseminate information about natural family planning as an acceptable form of birth control for Catholics to practice.

Initially an office under Fr. (later Bishop) James T McHugh from 1964 to at least 1972 as the Family Life Bureau, the office primarily consisted as an effort to disseminate information about Church-approved methods of family planning. Fr. McHugh collected and forwarded on publications as well as publishing a number of articles about various aspects of family life, including natural family planning. However, this office did not have significant funding, and often referred applicants to a related office, the Human Life Foundation. At some point, it seems the Family Life Bureau merged into the Human Life Foundation.

The Human Life Foundation was established prior to 1969 as part of the effort, at the behest of Pope Paul VI to promote natural family planning among American Catholic families. Lawrence J Kane served as the executive director. Their operations primarily consisted initially of research into the opinions about natural family planning in Catholic families. In 1974, they conducted a small scale survey to gather information. Two years later, in 1976, they conducted a national survey sent to every diocese, to gather not only information about the dioceses and the attitudes about natural family planning but the status of women's groups, the training of seminarians in natural family planning, and a variety of other topics to gauge both the support and prevalence of natural family planning in American Catholic communities.

Surveys arrived back from a wide variety of sources, including not only Bishops' offices but Catholic hospitals, local Catholic organizations independently promoting natural family planning, and specific parishes where priests had been interested in natural family planning. The survey prompted a significant increase in interest in many dioceses about natural family planning, particularly requests for additional information and training materials, and the Human Life Foundation quickly became the central point from which information was disseminated and various local groups were tracked and put in contact with one another.

In addition to the official dioceses efforts, Catholic doctors, hospitals, professors, graduate students and others interested in natural family planning began to correspond with the Human Life Foundation, and share research and information. Many of them conducted studies about family planning locally or worked to develop programs that could further study this issue at universities.

It quickly became evident that in addition to many areas not having enough teachers or educational materials to provide local natural family planning instruction, the quality of education varied widely from place to place, which was of significant concern to the Human Life Foundation. Expert instructors, including Bob and Mary Kambic were dispatched to help locations set up natural family planning instruction as well as evaluate teachers and offer ways for them to improve on the accuracy and engaging presentation of their material. Since most of the natural family planning teaching efforts were done by volunteer couples with little medical training, ensuring accurate information was presented was always a concern.

Out of these efforts, regional meetings and events, usually sponsored by the individual diocese, but often featuring the Kambics or Kane were held around the country to coordinate strategies for teaching and provide access to the most recent research. There were also efforts, both local and national, to bring media attention to the subject, often by inviting members of the Catholic press to attend training sessions and report on natural family planning as an option for Catholic couples.

The significant attention being paid to natural family planning and the Human Life Foundation also brought interest from commercial entities and international foundations and organizations promoting natural family planning, although the Human Life Foundation remained skeptical of anything other than well tested, Church approved methods and generally declined to partner with any of the commercial organizations, they did provide information and shared strategies with Catholic efforts in several countries.

In 1979 a second survey went out nationwide to determine the state of natural family planning and how programs had evolved in over the past three years. By this point, there was a shift away from a central office over the various local offices to a central office supporting and coordinating with various well established local offices and efforts. By 1982, Lawrence Kane had moved on.

The office eventually became the Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning, and their efforts largely consisted of hosting biennial meetings to coordinate national strategy, and establish teaching standards that would be brought back and disseminated locally. These meetings lasted from 1983 to 1991 and brought together teachers and researchers from across the country. Bishop James T McHugh, who had started these efforts in the 1960's, continued to be involved in these efforts and was frequently recognized for his long involvement.

The Bishop's efforts to promote Natural Family Planning continue to this day as the Natural Family Planning Program.

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Scope and Contents

The first series, State Files, 1971-1983, in boxes 1-4, contains surveys, records correspondence, and other information relating to diocese level efforts to promote natural family planning.

The second series, Correspondence, 1964-1984, in boxes 4-5, contains correspondence and material exchanged with various organizations and individuals involved in the promotion of natural family planning.

The third series, Administrative Files, 1968-1983, in box 5, contains administrative files for the various offices, as well as publications and other documents related to the national effort.

The fourth series, Meeting Files, 1963-1993, in boxes 6-7, contains filed relating to meetings attended or hosted by the various natural family planning offices, including planning documents, handouts, feedback and session notes the national meetings from 1983 to 1993.

The fifth series, Publications, nd, box 8, contains publications sent to the various natural family planning offices, as well as copies of their official publications.

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Arrangement

The Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning consists of 5 series:






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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Twenty-five years or living persons.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Transfered from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on October 29th 2014.

Processing Information

 

Processing completed in 2016 by Chris Needham. EAD markup completed in 2016 by Chris Needham.

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Related Material

American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Office of the General Secretary Records

Other Institutions:

Ave Maria University - Natural Family Planning Archive

Notre Dame University - Fr. Paul Marx Papers

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Kane, Lawrence J.
McHugh, Rev. James T.

Organizations:
Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning
Family Life Bureau
Human Life Foundation
Human Life International
The Catholic University of America

Places:
Washington DC

Subjects:
Natural Family Planning


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Bibliography

Lawrence J Kane Washington Post Obituary

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: State Files, 1971-1983 (4 Boxes)
The first series contains surveys, records correspondence, and other information relating to diocese level efforts to promote natural family planning.
Box Folder
1 1 Alabama 1976-1979
  2 Alaska 1979
  3 Arizona 1974-1979
  4 California 1 1972-1980
  5 California 2 1972-1979
  6 Caroline and Marshall Islands 1976
  7 Colorado 1976-1979
  8 Connecticut 1970-1979
  9 Florida 1974-1982
  10 Georgia 1974-1980
  11 Idaho 1976-1979
  12 Illinois 1976-1980
  13 Indiana 1976-1980
  14 Iowa 1971-1979
  15 Kansas 1973-1981
  16 Kentucky 1976-1982
  17 Louisiana 1973-1979
  18 Maine 1976-1979
  19 Massachusetts 1 1975
  20 Massachusetts 2 1974-1982
  21 Massachusetts 3 1974-1982
  22 Michigan 1976-1982
  23 Minnesota 1 1974-1982
  24 Minnesota 2 1974-1982
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2 1 Minnesota 3 1976-1979
  2 Missouri 1970-1982
  3 Montana 1975-1976
  4 Nebraska 1970-1982
  5 Nevada 1979
  6 New England 1 1977-1980
  7 New England 2 1977-1982
  8 New England 3 1981-1983
  9 New England 4 1977-1980
  10 New England 5 1976-1977
  11 New Hampshire 1974-1979
  12 New Jersey 1 1971-1975
  13 New Jersey 2 1971-1974
  14 New Jersey 3 1974-1979
  15 New York 1 1977-1982
  16 New York 2 1978-1982
  17 New York 3 1976-1982
  18 New York 4 1971-1982
  19 New York 5 1971-1979
  20 New York 6 1975-1979
  21 New York 7 1979-1983
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3 1 New York 8 1978-1982
  2 North Carolina 1972-1979
  3 North Dakota 1976-1979
  4 New Mexico 1975-1979
  5 Oklahoma 1976-1980
  6 Oregon 1 1974-1981
  7 Oregon 2 1974-1982
  8 Oregon 3 1978-1981
  9 Pennsylvania 1 1978-1981
  10 Pennsylvania 2 1971-1980
  11 Pennsylvania 4 1974-1975
  12 Pennsylvania 4 1974-1975
  13 Pennsylvania 5 1972-1982
  14 Pennsylvania 6 1974-1975
  15 Pennsylvania 7 1971
  16 Pennsylvania 8 1978-1981
  17 Puerto Rico 1979-1981
  18 Rhode Island 1979-1981
  19 South Dakota 1976-1979
  20 Tennessee 1973-1979
  21 Utah 1973-1982
  22 Texas 1 1974-1983
  23 Texas 2 1974-1976
  24 Texas 3 1975-1982
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4 1 Texas 4 1976-1982
  2 Virginia 1 1974-1982
  3 Virginia 2 1974-1979
  4 Vermont 1 1976-1980
  5 Vermont 2 1974-1978
  6 Vermont 3 1975-1976
  7 Washington 1974-1979
  8 Washington DC 1 1971-1976
  9 Washington DC 2 1975-1979
  10 West Virginia 1979
  11 Wisconsin 1 1977-1981
  12 Wisconsin 2 1970-1975
  13 Wisconsin 3 1972-1976
  14 Wyoming 1979
                       
Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-1983 (1 Box)
The second series contains correspondence and material exchanged with various organizations and individuals involved in the promotion of natural family planning.
Box Folder
4 15 Correspondence 1960's-1970's 1964-1972
  16 Correspondence 1981 1981
  17 Correspondence 1982 1982
  18 Correspondence 1983-1984 1983-1984
  19 American Academy of Natural Family Planning 1982
  20 Australia 1976-1977
  21 Couple to Couple League 1979-1980
  22 Creighton University 1980-1982
  23 Fallace, Carmen 1979-1982
  24 Grisez, Dr. Germain G 1965-1968
Box Folder
5 1 Human Life International/Fr. Paul Marx 1981-1982
  2 International Federation of Family Life Promotion 1 1976-1983
  3 International Federation of Family Life Promotion 2 1976-1983
  4 Marx, Fr. Paul 1 1972-1982
  5 Marx, Fr. Paul 1972-1982
  6 Serena 1973-1980
  7 WOOMB 1978-1982
                       
Series 3: Administrative Files, 1968-1984 (1 Box)
The third series contains administrative files for the various offices, as well as publications and other documents related to the national effort.
Box Folder
5 8 Catholic University/Marriage and Family Life Institute Proposal 1969-1970
  9 Couple Teaching Guidelines Draft Review Comments 1984
  10 Divorced Catholics 1974
  11 Family Life Pilot Project ND
  12 Fertility Awareness ND
  13 General 1 1970-1979
  14 General 2 1974-1980
  15 General 3 1975-1981
  16 General 4 ND
  17 Human Life Foundation 1 1978-1983
  18 Human Life Foundation 2 1974-1983
  19 Human Life Foundation 3 1974-1983
  20 Marriage Encounter Statement 1976
  21 Misc 1971-1982
  22 Mixed Marriage 1968-1970
  23 Rhythm Cavanagh Survey 1966-1978
  24 Summery Sheets 1984
  25 Vouchers and Payroll 1975-1976
                       
Series 4: Meetings, 1963-1991 (2 Boxes)
The fourth series contains filed relating to meetings attended or hosted by the various natural family planning offices, including planning documents, handouts, feedback and session notes the national meetings from 1983 to 1991.
Box Folder
6 1 6th Instructional Session ND
  2 Notre Dame Meeting on Population 1963-1965 1963-1965
  3 Notre Dame Meeting on Population 1966-1967 1966-1967
  4 Family Life Convention 1976 1976
  5 Vatican Council on Laity 1977-1978
  6 National Meeting 1983 Correspondence 1983
  7 National Meeting 1983 Poster Session 1983
  8 National Meeting 1983 Speakers (Talks) 1983
  9 National Meeting 1983 NC News Stories 1983
  10 National Meeting 1983 Agenda 1983
  11 National Meeting 1985 Agenda and Summery 1985
  12 National Meeting 1985 Correspondence 1985
  13 National Meeting 1985 Thank You Notes 1985
  14 National Meeting 1985 Papers Presented 1985
  15 National Meeting 1985 Publicity 1985
  16 National Meeting 1985 Workshop Responses 1985
  17 National Meeting 1987 Evaluation Forms 1987
  18 National Meeting 1987 Correspondence 1987
  19 National Meeting 1989 Report Full Conference and Summary 1989
  20 National Meeting 1989 Conference Programs 1989
  21 National Meeting 1989 Contacts 1989
  22 National Meeting 1989 Correspondence 1989
  23 National Meeting 1989 Evaluation Survey 1989
  24 National Meeting 1989 Evaluation Forms Responses 1989
  25 National Meeting 1989 Handouts and Masters for Articles 1989
  26 National Meeting 1989 Notes July 6th 9:00am-11:50am (Session 1) 1989
  27 National Meeting 1989 Notes July 6th 1:30pm-2:55pm (Session 2) 1989
  28 National Meeting 1989 Notes July 6th 3:55pm-5:00pm (Session 3) 1989
  29 National Meeting 1989 Notes July 6th 7:00pm-9:00pm (Panel) 1989
  30 National Meeting 1989 Notes July 7th 9:00am-10:20am (Session 4) 1989
  31 National Meeting 1989 Notes July 7th 11:00am-12:00pm (Session 5) 1989
  32 National Meeting 1989 Notes July 7th 1:30pm-4:30pm (Session 6) 1989
  33 National Meeting 1989 Outline of Presentations 1989
  34 National Meeting 1989 Conference Report-Summary PDK Comments 1989
  35 National Meeting 1989 Room Assignments (Dorms) 1989
  36 National Meeting 1989 Standards Documents 1989
Box Folder
7 1 National Conference 1991 Conference Folder 1991
  2 National Conference 1991 Conference Report 1991
  3 National Conference 1991 Correspondence 1991
  4 National Conference 1991 Catholic University 1991
  5 National Conference 1991 Correspondence National Advisory Board 1991
  6 National Conference 1991 Child Care and Insurance 1991
  7 National Conference 1991 Continuing Education Units 1991
  8 National Conference 1991 Evaluation Form Report (Full and Summary) 1991
  9 National Conference 1991 Feedback Forms 1 1991
  10 National Conference 1991 Feedback Forms 2 1991
  11 National Conference 1991 Feedback Forms 3 1991
  12 National Conference 1991 Plenary Endorsement Thursday Morning 1991
  13 National Conference 1991 Plenary Teacher Training Thursday 1991
  14 National Conference 1991 Plenary Certification Friday Morning 1991
  15 Plenary Summary Saturday Morning 1991
  16 National Conference 1991 Forms of Implementation 1991
  17 Handouts Plenary and Workshop 1991
  18 Letter Supporting NFP 1991
  19 National Conference 1991 Letter of Affirmation NFP Publicity 1991
  20 National Conference 1991 Registration Materials 1991
  21 National Conference 1991 Talks NAB Suggestions for Jim 1991
  22 Agreement of Rights 1991
  23 National Conference 1991 Photos Implementation of National Standards 1991 1991
  24 National Conference 1991 Photos Thursday Evening Plenary Teacher Training Approval 1991
  25 National Conference 1991 Photos Thursday Workshops 1991
  26 National Conference 1991 Photos Friday Morning Plenary Teacher Certification 1989
  27 National Conference 1991 Photos Friday Workshops 1991
  28 National Conference 1991 Photos Saturday Plenary 1991
  29 National Conference 1991 Photos Family Barbecue 1991
  30 National Conference 1991 Negatives 1991
  31 DDP Banquet 1993 1993
                       
Series 5: Publications, n.d. (1 Box)
The fifth series contains publications sent to the various natural family planning offices, as well as copies of their official publications.
Box Folder
8 1 Natural Family Planning Instruction Program nd
  2 Serena Graph Exam nd
  3 Serena Theory Exam nd
  4 Original Copy of NFP Couple Instruction Program nd
  5 Family Fertility Education Educational Handbook and Manuals nd
  6 Family Fertility Education Sexuality and Responsibility nd
  7 Family Fertility Education The Sympto-Thermal Method nd
  8 Profile of Non-Title X Natural Family Planning Providers Draft: Final Report nd

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: State Files, 1971-1983

Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-1983

Series 3: Administrative Files, 1968-1984

Series 4: Meetings, 1963-1991

Series 5: Publications, n.d.

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