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Margaret Sanger Papers

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Volume I of the Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger.


New York University

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Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879 –1966) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Sanger's efforts contributed to several judicial cases that helped legalize contraception in the United States, and she later supported the medical research project that developed the first birth control pill. The Margaret Sanger Papers Project has published a two-series microfilm edition, the Smith College Collections and the Collected Documents Series. The records in this collection of 50,000 documents were created by Margaret Sanger, prepared under her supervision or pertained directly to her life and activities. The Smith College series is 83 reels, with a 526-page guide. The Collected Documents series is 18 reels, 220-page guide.

Four volumes of the print edition have been published. A digital edition is in production.


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