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Collection Overview

Title: Jimmye Kimmey Photography Collection, 1969-2013Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1972-1973, 2004-2007
ID: 01/ AR0839
Primary Creator: Kimmey, Jimmye Elizabeth
Extent: 31.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged by series, with the photograph series arranged by photograph size with seperate boxes dedicated to housing color photographs. Photo groups are in chronological order when possible.
Date Acquired: 12/00/2014. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


This collection is comprised of the personal papers of and photographs taken all across the world by Jimmye Kimmey. Locations featured in the photos include Paris, Broadway, New York, San Francisco and the University of North Texas.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the photography and personal papers of Jimmye Elizabeth Kimmey. A significant portion of the photographs were part of an exhibit in the University of North Texas Union Gallery, which ran from October 5th-23rd, 2009. The black and white photographs are images of museums and architecture from around the country, as well as several shots of the University of North Texas campus buildings. Color photography is also included from the 2007 and 2008 period, while some photographs were originally shot during the 1969-1972 and 1977 periods but were included here as reprints.

Additional photographs from beyond the exhibit are also included, similarly of landscapes and architecture in New York City, Texas, and beyond, as well as negatives and photo scrapbooks. Some include her shooting notes of how she technically achieved her shots. All photos are in black and white unless otherwise noted. Within Kimmey's papers are personal notes, religious documents and research related to her position as an Episcopal priest, correspondence, notebooks, and doucments related to some of her family, like her father, John.

Collection Historical Note

Jimmye Elizabeth Kimmey, born in Texas in 1926 to John and Mary, is a photographer and activist who came to prominence when she was executive director of the Association for the Study of Abortion (ASA), from 1966 through the organization's closure in 1976. In the time just before the landmark 1973 abortion case, Roe v. Wade, Kimmey was the first to frame the idea of being against existing abortion laws as the "right to choose," thus resulting in the term "pro-choice" as being the opposite side to the "pro-life" campaign. An avid photographer, Kimmey's work largely spans the late 1960s to early 1980s, though she continuted well into the late 2000s. She later became a priest in the Episcopal Church, and currently resides in Texas.

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2014-80
Acquisition Source: Kimmey, Jimmye Elizabeth
Acquisition Method: Transfer from Rare Books Room.
Separated Materials: A book, Tata Vasco: A Great Reformer of the 16th Century signed by author Paul L. Callens, S.J., has been removed to Rare Books.
Related Materials: Collection of photographs of museums and public art exhibited October 5-23, 2009 - TR655.K566|bC65 2009 For more information please see http://iii.library.unt.edu/record=b3804387~S8.
Preferred Citation: Jimmye Kimmey Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History:

This finding aid was revised in September 2017 by Hailey LaRock to clarify the collection content, amend spelling errors and dates, and add other missing information.

March 2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - added Boxes 7-10

July 2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - rearranged collection by series, updated Scope/Content and added Biographical Note, added Boxes 11-28 in Series 1 and Boxes 1-3 in Series 2.


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