Publication Date



Betty Mary Smith Goetting (1897 – 1980) worked as a librarian at the El Paso Public Library and later as the El Paso County Historical Society’s first curator. In addition to her career in librarianship, she helped found the Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso, and actively promoted women’s social, economic, and reproductive rights in the El Paso community. The Betty Mary Smith Goetting papers date 1910 – 1979, bulk 1937 – 1979. Types of records include correspondence, clippings, publications and other printed material, scrapbooks, recordings, and photographs. Arranged in six series (Biographical information, Planned Parenthood material, Other activities, Margaret Sanger correspondence, Scrapbooks, and Photographs and other media), these papers document Goetting’s life and career, her relationship with Margaret Sanger, the Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso, and the birth control movement in El Paso and the United States.