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Microfilm Edition: Collected Documents
The Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition: Collected Documents, published in 1997 by University Publications of America, contains over 9,000 documents located and collected by Sanger Project staff from repositories around the world. This series contains essential documentation of the American Birth Control League, Sanger's international work, including the founding of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, as well as considerable amounts of Sanger's outgoing correspondence, particularly her revealing letters to friend Juliet Barrett Rublee.
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View the Guide and Index in PDF format.
Documents in these two series were carefully described using item-level targets and arranged into the following five subseries:
Subseries 1: Correspondence
Sanger's incoming and outgoing correspondence, as well as letters written and received on her behalf by her secretaries.
Subseries 2: Organizational Records/Conference Materials
Organizational records, including constitutions, by-laws, minutes, publications, form letters, and reports created by birth control organizations which Sanger established, led, or in which she played a significant role. This subseries also includes proceedings, programs and other records related to conferences in the U.S. and abroad which were organized or attended by Sanger.
Subseries 3: Legal/Governmental Material
Records relating to the trials in which Sanger or one of the birth control organizations she led was a participant, and records of government legislation she sponsored.
Subseries 4: Writings
Diaries, journals, speeches, articles, unpublished manuscripts, and statements and miscellaneous writings by Sanger.
Subseries 5: Miscellany
Miscellaneous material that chronicles Sanger's non-birth control activities, family, homes, and hobbies. Also includes tributes to Sanger, itineraries, calendars, appointment books, financial records and notes and biographical information.
To provide access to the documents in the microfilm edition, the Project prepared printed guides to each of its microfilmed series. Each guide includes an introduction to the collection, an essay on editorial principles and methodology, histories of each of the seventeen organizations Sanger founded or led, brief reel descriptions, and an item-level name/title index.
This list was last updated on Jan. 2, 2008.