The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress preserves, arranges, and makes available for research historically significant personal papers and organizational records that have been acquired by the Library.
This guide serves as an introduction to resources related to the history of reproductive health available in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Topics include birth control, abortion, sterilization, and social attitudes toward reproductive health. Please note that this guide is not intended to be comprehensive but is a curated list of related collections. Included, for example, are the collections of prominent figures such as Margaret Sanger, Gregory Pincus, Min Chueh Chang, and Patsy Mink; descriptions of pertinent records of organizations such as the League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women, and NAACP; and collections relevant to certain topics, such as Supreme Court cases related to reproductive health.
Collections relevant to the history of reproductive health are listed under the "Related Collections" page and are organized by general topic. Each page includes links to catalog records for individual collections. On each catalog record, find more information about the collection. Many collections have a finding aid linked to the record. The finding aid provides a description of the content and arrangement of the collection. Please see the "Using Manuscript Finding Aids" page for more information. When a collection has been made available online, a link to the digital collection may be found in the finding aid and catalog record. Collections not available online are accessible in the Manuscript Reading Room.