Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Winter 2006

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Documentary Editing, Volume 28, Number 4, Winter 2006. ISSN 0196-7134


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Esther Katz, PhD, editor and director of New York University's Margaret Sanger Papers Project (MSPP), plans four volumes in this series, with MS's activities in the international birth control movement to appear in Volume Four. In 2004 the journal Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries included The Woman Rebel, 7900-7928 on its list of "Outstanding Academic Titles.,,3 Volume Two, Birth Control Comes of Age, released in March of 2007, covers MS's life and work between 1928 and 1939.4 The goal of the series, says Katz, is "to highlight Sanger's distinctive voice and illumine the multiple narratives of her life and work" (xxvii). Katz created the MSPP in 1985 "to locate, arrange, edit, research, and publish the papers of the noted birth control pioneer."s For the first decade or so, MSPP staff concentrated on the arduous task of locating, arranging, editing, and researching-mining archives in the U.S. and around the world for papers or records related to MS. Katz and her team published two comprehensive microfilm versions of MS's papers, with printed guides, in the mid-1990s.6 They then began culling selections from this corpus to include in the printed series of collected documents.