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Feminist and Women's History Collections

Bishopsgate Library holds a variety of collections relating to feminist and women’s history. These include ephemera from protests and campaigns, papers of pioneering individuals, and records of women’s organisations.

The collections are based around the Feminist Library Pamphlet collection which was donated to the Institute in 2009. From lack of public toilets in London to female genital mutilation in Africa, the pamphlet collection provides an exciting and comprehensive view of the Women’s Liberation Movement and is an invaluable resource for researchers. The Library has grown it's holdings on feminist and women's history substantially since receiving the pamphlet collection and actively collects in this area. 

Click the links on the left to further explore our collections on feminist and women’s history.

For researchers was a specific interest in women's history it is worth noting that although the Feminist Library Pamphlet Collection was the Institute’s first explicitly ‘feminist’ accession, the Library has been collecting records of women’s participation in the public life since the early twentieth century. These archives fit clearly into our other collecting areas and are categorised on these webpages as such. They include Brookfield Manor Girls ClubCaroline Ganley, Diane Munday, Focus E15, Gilda O’Neil, Hilda Kean, Joyce Butler, Mavis Middleton, Muriel Lester, National Union of Teachers Photographic Archive, Noreen Branson, Sue King, Velvet Fist and  the Women’s Co-operative Guild.