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Marie Stopes and Birth Control Collection

Date range: 19th-20th centuries

Number of items: 600 items

Marie Stopes (1880–1958) was the first woman to join the scientific staff of the University of Manchester, being appointed assistant lecturer and demonstrator in botany in 1904. In 1921 she founded the Mothers’ Clinic for Birth Control in London, and she devoted herself to sex education and family planning.

The collection includes approximately 160 early editions of books and pamphlets written by Marie Stopes, including fifteen editions each of the best-selling Married Love (1918–40) and its sequel, Wise Parenthood (1918–51), which dealt explicitly with contraception.

The remainder of the collection consisting of books from the library of the Society for Constructive Birth Control.

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