Target Field Definitions
for the Margaret Sanger Papers Project

Copyright ©1998 Esther Katz

SERIES: There are three series represented in the electronic edition, either The Library of Congress Microfilm or one of the two series in The Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition (either Collected Documents Series or Smith College Collections).

SUBSERIES: Documents in The Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition have been divided into five subseries. Sanger documents filmed by the Library of Congress have been indexed by the MSPP into the same five subseries (correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, writings, and miscellany).

For documents in subseries 2-5 (non-correspondence) a category is added to organize the material by subject (ex. Diaries and Journals, or State of N.Y. v. William Sanger).

DOCUMENT IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: An internal document identification number assigned to each document by the editors of the Margaret Sanger Papers.

DOCUMENT TITLE: Document title, displaying author, document type, and recipient for correspondence, or the title of the document and source information for non-correspondence. Any material in the title which is underlined can be clicked to reveal biographical or other reference essays.

When all or a portion of a name appears in brackets, it signifies the portion that has been provided, corrected, or questioned by the editors. When the name supplied by the editors is probable, it is enclosed in square brackets; editorial conjecture is indicated by square brackets followed by a question mark. For example, a short letter signed only "Bill" in which the handwriting and/or style closely resembles other letters written by Sanger's first husband, is rendered as [William Sanger]; an unsigned typed letter in which the content only suggests the identity, the name might be rendered as [William Sanger]?.

For writings which lack a discernable title, the editors have supplied appropriate titles. In certain instances titles have been regularized to provide clarity. Untitled drafts of writings have been given the same title as final versions.

DATE: The date of the document is rendered in text as Month Day, Year. Bracketing of author/recipient names follows the same rules as bracketing of names. All dates are linked to the Sanger Chronology and clicking on the date will place the reader at the beginning of the month.

PLACE: The location indicates where the document was created. The name of the city is followed by the U.S. state (abbreviated) or country. The same bracketing procedures used in the names field are used here.

PAGES: The total number of pages for the document appear on the first page target; on subsequent pages this area of the target will identify which page of the document is displayed below (ex. Page 4).

PERMISSION: Permission statement providing information about holder of the physical document and the specific collection in which the document was found. Researchers seeking to obtain permission for use or publication must contact the holder of the original document. Click on the name of the repository for a current address. For information on copyright holders (when known) see the biographical essay of the author of the document.

NOTES: This paragraph contains several types of information. All notes include a physical description of the document. When needed, these descriptions are followed by notes identifying poor images or missing portions of the documents. Other relevant physical properties of the original document, and/or clarification of misinformation that appears on the document may also be noted, along with information about signatures and margin notes, and references to related material both in the electronic and the microfilm editions such as transcriptions, translations, enclosures or additional drafts.

Underlined text in the Notes section can be clicked to access additional information or documents. Links on names will summon biographical sketches, links on document identification numbers, rendered in angle brackets, will call up the document for study. When documents are mentioned but have no links, they are not included in the electronic edition and must be consulted via the Project's microfilm edition.

REFERENCES: Editors have created lists of personal and organizational names and the names of laws mentioned in the documents to allow some subject searching of the targets. Whenever text is underlined, clicking on it will bring the reader to a biographical sketch, organizational history or the text of the law cited in the document.


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