University of Arizona

Records of the Hemlock Society of Southern Arizona

The Hemlock Society of Southern Arizona was formed around 1983 and incorporated in 1988 as a nonprofit corporation. It is one of many state and regional Hemlock societies in the United States. The expressed purpose of the Society is to educate the general public regarding right-to-die issues. The Society seeks to promote its goals by such means as newsletters and other printed materials, conferences, and court cases.

Correspondence, minutes, bylaws, leaflets, clippings, and books pertaining to their activities. The correspondence pertains to the proposed Death with Dignity Act; some is with the organization Americans Against Human Suffering. Legal materials involve both the Society and general euthanasia issues. The transcripts are of talks delivered in Tucson and Phoenix. Some records pertain to the 1988 Supreme Court case of Cruzan vs. Harmon. Newsletters from the National Hemlock Society and regional societies are included.