Margaret Sanger Papers
Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:
The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. However, in order to preserve the original materials, researchers are requested to use the microfilm for those portions of the collection where it's available.
Restrictions on use:
Alexander Sanger, as representative of the Sanger family, holds copyright to unpublished works by Margaret Sanger. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.
Please use the following formats when citing materials from this collection:
For materials in the the unfilmed portion: "The Margaret Sanger Papers (unfilmed), Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass."
For microfilmed materials: Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition: Smith College Collections Series.
If using originals in the SSC from the microfilmed portion, cite as follows: "The Margaret Sanger Papers (microfilmed), Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass."
Thanks to the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, a large portion of this collection is available on microfilm and can be ordered through interlibrary loan. The Project has also published the The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger in three volumes (a fourth volume is in progress), and has made seleted documents available online. For more information, go to the Margaret Sanger Papers Project Web site.
History of the Collection
Margaret Sanger donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1946 and continued to add to them until her death in 1966. Since then additional material has been given to the SSC by family members, The Margaret Sanger Papers Project, and others.
Periodic additions to collection are expected.
Papers processed by Peter Engleman, 1998. Photographs processed by Margaret Jessup.