The Women's Movement Archives
Publisher: The Women's Movement Archives, Toronto, Canada
Organization profile published 1981
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2165
Abstract: The Women's Movement Archives, formed in 1977, grew out of the demise of a feminist newspaper called "The Other Woman". This newspaper received and actively collected information on the women's movement which was subsequently filed and organized for purpose of an archival collection.
The Archives contains material from all parts of Canada (Quebec material is available in French and English) including materials such as newspapers, newsletters, movement documents and photographs. Plans are being made to capture the experiences on a personal level of those individuals who were instrumental in the development of women's liberation during the late sixties and of those groups which are presently functioning.
The Archives finds it difficult to obtain material that is more than a few years old. For this reason, it regards any type of herstorical documentation as precious. Protecting the records of the women's movement is a particular concern; access to material donated by lesbians is strictly limited.
"The Archives must stay in its community of women activists. It is ours: we do not need to be researched by patriarchal/academic institutions - (or) financially supported by governments"
The Women's Movement Archives believes that there is a direct relationship between oppression and the denial of a sense of herstory. It, therefore, encourages feminists to participate in the building of the archival collection by sending not only documents and theoretical information, but also leaflets, notes, even personal letters to the above address.
[Note: The Canadian Women's Movement Archive ceased functioning in 1992; its collection is now housed in the University of Ottawa Library.]