Dr. Esther Katz

Associate Professor (Adj.) of History and Director/Editor, The Margaret Sanger Papers Project



Margaret Sanger, historical editing

I am currently editing the fourth and final volume of the four-volume The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, published by Illinois University Press. Drawn from over 150,000 of Sanger’s letters and papers, these volumes highlight the public and private life of the nation’s most notable birth control leader and her impact on the movement she founded and led, and trace the intersection of Sanger’s life and work with other reformers, activists and world leaders.  Prof. Katz is also working on The Public Writings and Speeches of Margaret Sanger, 1911-1960, an electronic edition of Sanger’s unpublished speeches and less accessible articles. She is a past-president of the Association for Documentary Editors (2004) and has served as Resident Faculty Advisor at the National Historical Publications and Records Commission”s  Institute for Editing Historical Documents in 2000-2002 and  2006.   She has also chaired  the Committee on Research and Preservation of the Organization of American Historians (2004).

Dr. Katz was  Acting Director of NYU’s Program in Archival Management and Historical Editing   (1993-1994) and Deputy Director of  The Institute for Research in History (1982-1987).   In 1997-1998 she served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation to assess its funding patterns for archives and editing projects. She has also received  a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies for her work with the Sanger Papers.


Historical Editing in the Electronic Era : Interpreting Margaret Sanger  (G57.1012),

Seminar: The Great Depression and the New Deal (V57.0686)

Women in American society (V57.0635)

Seminar: The Progressive Era (V57.0686)

Selected Publications

Katz, E.  “The Editor as Public Authority: Interpreting Margaret Sanger,”  The Public Historian: 1995,  41–50.

_____.  Recent work in women’s history: East and West. Routledge. 1988

_____ . The History of Birth Control in the United States. Trends in History 4:2  Haywood Press,

1986,  81–101.

Katz E. and Rapone, A. eds. Women’s Experience in America; An Historical Anthology. Transaction Books, 1988

Katz, E.,  Engelman, P., C. M Hajo, and A. Hubbard. The Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition: Documents from the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives, Smith College (Series 2). Univ Pubns of Amer., 1995.

Katz, E., Hajo, C. M. and Engelman, P.  The Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition : Collected Document Series  (Series 3). Univ Pubns of Amer., 1996.

______. The Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition: Printed guide and Index, Univ Pubns of Amer., 1996. http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/guides/womens_studies/margaret_sanger/sanger.asp

Katz, E., Hajo, C. M. and Engelman, P.  The Woman Rebel. Columbia, SC: Model Editions Partnership. 1999.  Electronic Image Edition

________. The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger: Vol. 1 The Woman Rebel, 1900-1928.  Illinois University  Press, 2003

Katz, E.,  Engelman P. , and  Hajo, C.M. The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger: Vol 2  Birth Control Comes of Age, 1928-1939. Illinois University Press,  2006

Katz, E., Hajo, C. M. and Engelman, P. The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger: Vol. 3 The Politics of Planned Parenthood, 1939-1966. Illinois University Press, 2010.

For a complete list of selected works, click here.

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