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Microfilm Edition: Library of Congress

Margaret Sanger gave a massive collection of her papers to the Library of Congress, which were microfilmed on 145 reels in 1977 by the Library. These papers cover the years 1900-1966, but the major part of the collection is concentrated between 1928-1940. The collection includes personal and family correspondence, correspondence with international birth control leaders, and the voluminous records of the National Committee for Federal Legislation on Birth Control. Records of the American Birth Control League, the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau and other organizations, as well as many Sanger speeches and articles are also included. The Library of Congress did not microfilm the entire collection--there are some scrapbooks, clippings files and other materials which can only be used in the Library of Congress's Manuscript Reading Room.

The Sanger Papers Project has undertaken the task of indexing the Sanger documents in this collection, and is currently seeking funding to proofread its draft index and integrate it with the indexes to our two microfilm collections.

The Library of Congress produced a register to the papers and the microfilm, which is available on its website.