The collection consists of works about women and women’s issues. A donation of 500 feminist books formed the basis of the collection. Donations continue to increase the collections. The substantial collection of literary works by Australian women dates from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Our catalogue is also available through Libraries Australia and Trove — the National Library’s latest resource discovery service.
The Archives collection includes letters, diaries, journals, the papers of women’s organisations, and audio recordings. Access to the database can be gained by contacting the Library.
Collection Development Policy
The Library’s specific collection policy is:
- Non-fiction: both Australian and international writers where such works help to provide a context for analysis and comparison of issues affecting women everywhere.
- Fiction: poetry, drama, novels and short stories by Australian women writers from early times to the present.
- Serials: Australian and English language titles from overseas, where relevant to the collection criteria.
- Posters: images illustrating changing attitudes towards women, particularly in the areas of work and education. Preference is given to posters designed and/or printed by women.
- Archives: letters, diaries, journals, papers of women’s organisations, audio recordings and photographs.
The Library does not collect text books, manuals, kit-sets, cookery books (unless of historical value, ie, where recipes reflect social change or upheaval as in times of war or Depression), works of art, music scores or films or biographies in which women figure solely in the capacity of wife or partner.
All works must be in English.
All material in the collection has been donated. If you would like to make a donation please contact the Library.