Aids to Reading the Documents

Copyright © 1999 Esther Katz

Text Searches in this Mini-Edition

Because Margaret Sanger and the Woman Rebel is an image edition, all searches for text will cover only the target text, reference materials and essays, not the text of the Sanger documents themselves.

Document Screens

The document screen in the Margaret Sanger Papers Electronic Edition is comprised of three sections, the search panel, the target, and the document image. For information on how to use the search panel, see Searching the Mini-Edition; for information on how to navigate DynaWeb, see Navigating the Mini-Edition.

Identifying Targets

A full target appears at the top of the first page of each document. Abbreviated targets appear on any subsequent pages. These targets are improved versions of those prepared for the Project's microfilm edition. For a brief explanation of the terms and conventions used on the targets, click on individual sections of the following sample target. For a more detailed description of the targets as used on the microfilm edition, see the Reel Guide to the Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition. For a detailed description of editorial conventions used on names and dates, see the Reel Guide.


COLLECTED DOCUMENTS (Subseries 1 - Correspondence) MSP#:302000

Margaret Sanger; Letter to [Theodore] Perceval Gerson

February 16, 1916, New York, NY, 1 page(s)

Permission to reproduce in any form must be obtained from: University of California, Los Angeles. Collection: Theodore Gerson Papers

Note(s): Typed Letter Signed. Interlineations by Margaret Sanger. For enclosures, see 2:4, Pamphlets, ENGLISH METHODS OF BIRTH CONTROL, 1915 <236708>; 2:4, Pamphlets, DUTCH METHODS OF BIRTH CONTROL, 1915 <236707>, 2:4, Pam phlets, MAGNETATION METHODS OF BIRTH CONTROL, 1915 <236709>; other enclosures not found.

References: James A. Field.


Electronic images of manuscript material were scanned from photocopies of the originals and were then enhanced using PhotoShop. Images can best be viewed using the no frames version of the electronic edition.

Images of several documents, including the Woman Rebel itself, had to be reduced in size in order to allow the images to be downloaded with relative speed and to enable readers to print the image on their local printers. However, this reduction has made some of these images look very small and they are more difficult to read on the screen. To rectify this, the Project has provided a larger-scale image that the reader can retrieve by clicking on the text "Large- scale image" on the document's target. The larger-scale images are easier to scroll and read on-screen though they will take longer to load and will be cropped when printed.

In our microfilm edition some of the original images were of such poor quality that they did not film legibly and transcriptions were prepared and filmed. In the electronic edition, digital manipulation of the images has made most of these documents much more legible. Transcriptions created for the microfilm edition can be accessed via a link on the target when available. To see the quality of microfilmed documents consult the project's microfilm edition.


Links to biographical essays have been provided to the names of many of the individuals named in the documents. In general, biographies for individuals who were deceased at the time the letters were written (such as Cleopatra) have not been prepared.

Links to the Sanger chronology will bring the reader to the beginning of the month that a document was written. Users can scan the chronology to discover the events that preceded and followed the document.

Links to documents are keyed to the document identification number, which is enclosed in angle brackets, following the description of the document. (Ex. <236708>). Clicking on this number will bring the reader to the target and image for that document.

Links to additional pages are located at the bottom of the document image.


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