A few years ago, Jill Lepore wrote an article for the New Yorker in which she observed:
“Planned Parenthood has a long and tangled and controversial history. It stretches back nearly a century. Its history can’t be Googled. . . although there are several terrific histories of the birth-control movement and biographies of some of its leaders, the history of Planned Parenthood hasn’t been written yet: it’s in the archives.”
I’m due for a sabbatical next year so I’ve decided to spend my time in the archives [here and here for starters] and get this history out there. [I sure hope Jill isn’t planning on doing this — or if she is, maybe she will be up for a collaborative project] The tentative plan is to write a cultural history of Planned Parenthood. Please send thoughts, good wishes, suggestions my way. Oh and if you do know of anyone else working on this please do let me know!
This is so sorely needed! Much of the Smith Collection materials have been microfilmed, which should make it easier. You can use the Margaret Sanger Papers microfilm for the early material, now available digitally via ProQuest if you have a subscription.
Thanks for the advice!