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Cheri Appel Oral History, Interviewed by Ellen Chesler

Identifier: SSC-MS-00413

Scope and Contents

Oral history of Cheri Appel, M.D., physician and early birth control worker primarily discussing her work with Margaret Sanger. The interview was conducted by Ellen Chesler in 1989. Audio tape and transcript included.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1989 February 1


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owned copyright, Ellen Chesler has dedicated copyright in her materials to the public domain. This agreement is governed by a CC0 (Creative Commons 1.0 Universal) public domain dedication. Copyright in other items in this collection are held by Cheri Appel. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Ellen Chesler or Cheri Appel, 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.

Biographical / Historical

Cheri Appel, M.D. a physician and early birth control worker received her MD degree from New York University College of Medicine in 1927. She worked with birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger and practiced gynecology in Sanger's clinic in New York City. She later directed a birth control clinic in Port Chester, NY. She taught a course integrating psychiatry and gynecology at New York Medical College, work at the Mt. Sinai adolescent clinic, and treated patients in the Metropolitan Hospital mental health clinic, while also maintaining her private practice. She was married to Dr. Benjamin Segal and had two children, Mimi S. Daitz and Anthony Pell. She died June 8, 2003.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


Oral history interview of Cheri Appel, M.D., physician and early birth control worker primarily discussing her work and Margaret Sanger. Interview conducted by Ellen Chesler in 1989. Includes audiotape and transcript.

Other Finding Aids

OCLC Number: 49696003

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to SSC by Ellen Chesler, date unknown.



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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-06-17: Added interview, updated notes.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
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