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Dr. Esther Katz, Editor and Director

Project Director Esther Katz, who founded the Sanger Papers Project in 1987, is a Research Scholar and Associate Professor (adj.) She previously worked on other editing projects including The Papers of William Livingston, the Letters of William Loyd Garrison and the National Women's Trade Union League Records. Dr. Katz was previously Associate director for the Institute for Research in History. She has served as interim director of NYU's Program in Archives and Historical Editing, and has consulted on for a variety of institutions including in the Ford Foundation, MSNBC, and several documentary film and television productions.

She is currently editing the last volume of the four-volume The Selected Writings of Margaret Sanger, Round the World for Birth Control, 1920-1966, to be published by Illinois University Press. Drawn from over 120,000 of Sanger's letters and papers, these volumes will 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 will trace the intersection of Sanger's life and work with other reformers, activists and world leaders. In addition, Dr. Katz is completing the Project's digital edition, The Speeches and Articles of Margaret Sanger.

Dr. Katz is a past-president of the Association for Documentary Editing, and a faculty member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission's Institute for Editing Historical Documents, and has served on the ADE Council, as well as its Education Committee, Research, and Web Committee. She was the 2015 recipient of the Lyman H. Butterfield award for her contributions to the area of documentary editing. She has also been a member of the Organization of American History's Committee on Research and Preservation. In addition to the book edition, she is currently working on The Speeches and Articles of Margaret Sanger, an electronic edition of Sanger's unpublished speeches and less accessible articles being mounted on our web site.

In addition to her work on the Sanger Project, Dr. Katz is writing a biography of Margaret Sanger for the Lives of American Women series to be published by Westview Press.

Dr. Katz has taught graduate seminar on Digital Editing Projects for NYU's Archives and Public History Program, along with courses in NYU's History Department on Women in American Society; Great Depression and New Deal, Modern America, and The Progressive Era.



  • Associate Professor (adjunct), US History
  • Director/Editor, The Margaret Sanger Papers Project
  • Ph.D. New York University (1980)
  • Office: 838 Broadway, suite 504
  • New York, NY 10003
  • Phone: 212.998.8620
  • Email: esther.katz@nyu.edu