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Feminist Archive North Collection Guide

Feminist Archive North guide

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Feminist Archive North (FAN) houses collections on the women's movements, organisations and campaigns from the North of England, the UK, Europe and worldwide. It holds over 2000 local, regional and international feminist newsletters, journals and pamphlets, many unique to the FAN collection.

FAN has material dating back to 1969 on the family, health, employment and other social policy issues, the arts, media, militarism and peace, lesbians, women’s studies, Women’s Aid, local women’s centres, criminal justice, men’s violence against women and girls, and the politics of the Women’s Liberation Movement and other women’s movements world-wide.


The archive includes personal and organisational documentary archives, conference papers, dissertations, books, pamphlets and complete runs of important journals such as Spare Rib, Shrew, Women's Report, Scarlet Woman, Shifra and Women's Voice. There are also leaflets, video and audio tapes, posters and other ephemera: a wealth of contemporary material, much of which is unique to this collection.

The Archive is regularly used by women students, academics, and activists for research and/ or interest. FAN has partnered in a project with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, using archives to teach gender studies, producing a database of images from the collection that can be used in teaching and coursework.


The Feminist Archive is a charitable organisation managed by trustees and volunteers. Readers are advised to contact FAN directly to consult the collections, which will be made available in the Special Collections reading room.

Email: fa_north@yahoo.com

More information about the holdings can be found on the FAN website.