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Lena Proud papers

Identifier: MS 0621


Court exhibit items against Lena Proud for procurement of abortion. Includes day journals and loose notes taken from the journals.


  • 1926 - 1952

Biographical Note

Lena Pink Proud was born in January 1889 in Napa, California. She moved with her parents to Goodrich, Idaho where she went to school through 8th grade. Over the years, Proud worked as a babysitter, cook, and boarding-house operator. She was also a self-described practical nurse who received some medical instruction from a local doctor in Goodrich. She often helped women with the birth of their babies and provided general nursing care to people in the areas of rural southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon.

In 1952, Proud was brought to tiral on charges of Procurement of Abortion, found guilty and sentenced to the maximum sentence of five years in the Idaho State Penitentiary on June 11, 1952. After two unsuccesful attempts to overturn the conviction, she began her sentence, and eventually was paroled on November 1, 1954 after servign 11 months.

Proud died on July 12, 1967 and is buried in the Marsing-Homedale cemetery.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 small document box.)

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Folder 1: Day Book, 1926 Folder 2: Day Book Inserts (1926) Folder 3: Diary, 1952 Folder 4: Diary Inserts (1952) Folder 5: Floor plan of Proud's house in Homedale, Idaho Folder 6: Photocopy of Case No. 2379 against Lena Proud, charged with procurement of abortion.

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Repository Details

Part of the Idaho State Archives Manuscript Collections Repository

2205 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise ID 83712
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