Archive of Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKOE), Austria

Constructed by women artists themselves, like the VBKÖ itself has lived through and changed with history from the latter days of imperialism, to the fall of the Habsburg Empire and WWI, Austro-Fascism, the Nazi Era, but also through the progressive movements in the arts in Austria all the way to the current expansion of the European Union and the austerity cuts in public funding.

Archivio donne in Piemonte, Italy

Seeks to conserve and maintain women’s history and memory, as well as the women’s/feminist movement in the Piedmont region – both the national and international dimension.

Atria – Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History, Netherlands

Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, it collects, stores and documents material about the position of women in all fields – such as law, politics, labor, care, history, art, literature, science, religion, sexuality, gender equality and feminism, in the past and the present, from within and abroad.

Biblioteca Delle Donne, Italy

Situated in Bologna, Italy, the Italian Women’s Library was born at the end of the Seventies as part of Women’s Documentation, Research and Initiative Centre, thanks to a project originated by Associazione Orlando – an independent feminist organisation – which wished to create an institution devoted to women’s culture and political activism.

Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand, France

Created from a massive collection started in 1897 by journalist and activist Marguerite Durand. It holds a collection of materials on French feminism and the struggle of French suffragettes for equality.

Bunt Kobiet, Poland

An online archive of the feminist movement in Poland.

Canadian Women’s Movement Archives

The uOttawa Women’s Archives collection contains archival fonds and collections related to the history of women in Canada, with particular emphasis on the feminist movement since the 1960s, material which continues to grow. Based in the University of Ottawa Archives & Special Collections.

Casa della donna di Pisa, Italy

Women’s centre and a library, in Pisa. Collection of almost 100 Italian magazines and 6,000 volumes of non-fiction literature.

Women’s documentation centre, Modena. It promotes research, organises conferences, exhibitions and debates as well as training courses and seminars for teachers and many other activities on school to disseminate gender awareness.

The Chisholm Project, US

Inspired by Shirley Chisholm, it is a collection of materials on women’s activism in Brooklyn since 1945 until the present. Physical collections can be found at the Brooklyn College Archives & Special Collections.

The Danish Peace Academy – Greenham Common Peace Camps Songbooks

The women’s peace camps at Greenham Common nuclear base is history now; but their methods of non-violent direct action and the weapons they protested against are not. A generation later women are still protesting at military bases.

Digital Feminist Archives, US

Based at Barnard Center for Research on Women, it offers a snapshot of feminist history in the 1960s and 1970s, the institutionalization of women’s centers and women’s studies as an academic discipline, and feminist struggles taking place at colleges and universities, in healthcare and social service centers, in political organizations and neighborhood meetings across the US.

DDF – Digital Women’s Archive, Germany

Germany’s Digital Women’s Archive – Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv – is a specialist digital archive on the history of the German women’s movement.

FemHouse and FemLibrary Armenia

Queer café and feminist library in Armenia. Recently set up. They have contacted us with request for solidarity donations of money and books to keep them going. The political environment they’re operating in is quite hostile. So they’d be grateful for any expressions of solidarity.


An online resource archive for second wave feminist texts written between 1965-1995.

New Feminist library in Mexico

New project, in Chiapas, Mexico. Working with both academics and indigenous women activists to create a truly intersectional resource on and for feminists. Still awaiting website.

Feminoteka, Poland

Feminist publisher, bookshop and foundation in Warsaw, Poland, fighting to end discrimination against women.

Feminist Library, Kathmandu, Nepal

A new feminist library in Kathmandu centring women’s writing and writing on women.

Fondazione Evira Baldracco, Italy

An archive and a library, with a mission to promote the studies of women’s culture, and women’s social and political experience, with specific attention to women’s historical associations and feminism. Includes a film archive.


First worldwide repository for gender studies and gender research.

Herstory, Italy

Online archive of feminist groups and collectives in Rome and Lazio from the 70s until today.

International Federation for Research in Women’s History

Its aim is to encourage and coordinate research in all aspects of women’s history at international level, by promoting exchange of information and publication and by arranging and assisting in arranging large-scale international conferences as well as more restricted and specialized meetings.

Kvinfos Bibliotek, Denmark

Danish centre for study of issues relating to gender, equality and diversity, recently merged with the Royal Library.

Lesbian Herstory Archives, US

The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities. It’s located in Brooklyn.

Feminist bookshop in Milan. It is also a place of historical importance to feminism in Italy and a publisher of women’s magazine, Via Dogana.

Rete Lilith, Italy

The best database of Italian women’s libraries and archives.

Rise Up! Feminist Archive, Canada

A digital archive of feminist activism from the 1970s to the 1990s in Canada. Initially, in 2014, it was intended to be a digital archive of three Toronto-based feminist publications from our personal history and collections: Cayenne, Rebel Girls’ Rag and the International Women’s Day Committee (IWDC) Newsletter. However, the project rapidly grew into something much more ambitious, inviting others to share their collections and stories.

RoSa, Belgium

Since 1978 the RoSa library and centre of expertise is the place to be for information and documentation on women’s issues, feminism and gender.

Schlesinger Library, US

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.

Sister Library, India

Currently fundraising for a home for what has so far been a pop-up library in Mumbai, India.


STICHWORT is a political project of the autonomous women’s and lesbians’ movements in Vienna.

Victoria Women’s Movement Archives, Canada

Established in order to preserve and provide access to important material documenting the history of women’s movement groups in Victoria, Canada. It includes original records such as minutes, correspondence, reports, newsletters, diaries, logs, photographs and audio-visual material. Based at University of Victoria Libraries’ archives.

*WINE – Women’s Information Network Europe

A European network of libraries, archives, information centres and web portals specialising in gender, feminist and women’s research.

Women’s Documentation Centre, Italy

Or Centro Documentazione Donna, Ferrara – one of the longest-established Italian women’s centres. Its main activity is the management of a library and a general newspaper library. Also home to a feminist choir.

The Women’s Library, Australia

A collection of over 25,000 books and pamphlets: everything from popular fiction by women through to specialist non-fiction covering issues from health, sexuality and popular culture to politics, history and human rights.

The Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation (WLICF), Turkey

The first and only women-centred library and archive in Istanbul, Turkey. It was opened to the public in 1990. The collections of the Women’s Library in Istanbul are organised in sixteen main sections: Women’s Private Papers, Women’s Oral History, Women’s Organizations, Ephemera, Women Writers, Women Artists, Visual Documents, Audio Material, Posters, Art Collections, Newspaper Clippings, Books, Periodicals, Rare Material, Thesis-Dissertations and Articles.