Florence Rose Papers, Sophia Smith Collection


Florence Rose Papers, Sophia Smith Collection


Public relations specialist; executive secretary; Director, Meals for Millions; birth control activist; and lobbyist. Major subjects reflected in the Rose papers include the birth control movement in the U.S., relations between African-Americans and Planned Parenthood, the politics of American hunger relief and prevention efforts in developing countries, and the life and legacy of Margaret Sanger. Individuals represented in the papers include Margaret Sanger, Pearl S. Buck, Havelock Ellis, Carrie Chapman Catt, Morris Ernst, Clarence Gamble, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Harriet Pilpel, Emma Goldman, and H.G. Wells. Types of material include correspondence, organizational records, photographs, published and unpublished writings, and speeches.
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Sophia Smith Collection (Smith College)

Items in the Florence Rose Papers, Sophia Smith Collection Collection

Visiting nurse and child, 1940
Black and white photograph of an African American nurse looking down at a toddler

Letter by Mary McLeod Bethune, December 19, 1941
Form letter on Birth Control Federal of America, Inc., Division of Negro Service letterhead. - typed note at top of letter, "150 State & Local leaders of Nat'l Council of Negro Women received this letter."

Speech by Mary McLeod Bethune, n.d. (circa 1942-45), untitled
Typed article on family planning for the Negro family. The address of the Division of Negro Service's office in New York is at the top of the first page (3 pages).

Speech by Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, M.D. entitled "Planned Parenthood as a Public Health Measure for the Negro Race," January 29th, 1942
Typed press release of speech, distributed by the Birth Control Federation of America, Inc. (5 pages)

Pamphlet,"Better Health for 13,000,000," 1943
Four African American teenagers on the cover, two boys and two girls (32 pages total).

"Dr. Ferebee Urges More Effective Birth Control" from News of Division of Negro Services, PPFA, undated
One page of newsletter depicting multiple newspaper articles on Birth Control for "Negro Women" with quotes from Dr. Dorothy Ferebee

Poster: Family Planning Helps the Family," by Birth Control Federation of America  n.d."
Advertisement for birth control poster showing several graphics. Reverse side reads: This is a miniature reproduction. The actual size of the poster is 17 by 24 inches....""