Scope and Contents
Biographical files, subject files, chronology and newspaper clippings, correspondence, a few primary sources (pamphlets, brochures, and publications), and computer files. Of particular interest is the FBI file on Margaret Sanger that the MSPP received in 1998.
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Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Access
Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owns copyright, Esther Katz has assigned the copyright in the works of the Margaret Sanger Papers Project records to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
According to their Web site, the Margaret Sanger Papers Project (MSPP) "is a historical editing project sponsored by the Division of Libraries at New York University. The Project was formed by Dr. Esther Katz in 1985 to locate, arrange, edit, research, and publish the papers of the noted birth control pioneer. Until 2014, the Project was sponsored by the Department of History.
The Margaret Sanger Papers Project has published a two-series microfilm edition, the Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition Smith College Collections and the Collected Documents Series. Work on the Smith College Collections entailed the rearrangement and organization of over 50,000 Sanger documents in the Margaret Sanger collection and seventeen other collections at the Sophia Smith Collection and Smith College Archives. Work on the Collected Documents Series included a ten-year international search of over 1,500 archives and private collections, photocopying material and organizing over 9,000 documents for publication. Both series have been published with a printed reel guide that includes an item-level index by University Publications of America, a division of Lexis-Nexis.
The Project completed a four-volume book edition of Sanger's Papers, published by the University of Illinois Press. The volumes are subtitled: The Woman Rebel, 1900-1928, Birth Control Comes of Age, 1928-1939, The Politics of Planned Parenthood, 1939-1966, and Round the World for Birth Control, 1920-1959.
The Project also published an electronic edition of a small sample of documents related to Sanger's The Woman Rebel and is working on a larger electronic edition of Sanger's Speeches and Articles"(http://www.nyu.edu/projects/sanger/project/index.php).
7.25 linear feet (6 containers, digital files)