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Informational Pamphlets on Girls' Puberty and Sexual Health


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The first commerically available and disposable menstrual products were likely Johnson and Johnson's "Lister's Towels" or "Sanitary Napkins for Ladies" from the 1890s. Its use was limited, however, and it was the introduction of Kotex in 1921 which led to the expansion of the market for disposable menstrual products.

References: Sanitary Suspenders to Mooncups, V&A, Feminine Hygiene Products, Smithsonian,

Produced by menstrual product corporations, including Modess Corp., International Cellucotton Products Co., Personal Products Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, and Tampax, these pamphlets include informational advice on sexual health and menstruation for a young audience. Pamphlets and booklets are intended as advertisements, featuring descriptions of menstrual products and their uses. Materials in the collection constitute fictional narratives of puberty and informational pamphlets on sex and courtship. Topics covered include menstruation, dating, masturbation, homosexuality, motherhood, pregnancy, and gender relations.

Arranged chronologically

Purchased from Eclectibles, April 2023

Processed by Ruth Mercedes and Lillian Austin, completed September 2023

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Ruth Mercedes and Lillian Austin
Finding Aid Date
September, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Box 4
Box 4

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