KvinnSam. - from private initiative to National resource library for gender studies. The three pioneers . Eva Pinéus, Asta Ekenvall, Rosa Malmström The Women’s History Archives was founded as a private initiative in 1958. The aim was threefold:
- from private initiative to National resource library for gender studies
Eva Pinéus, Asta Ekenvall, Rosa Malmström
The Women’s History Archives was founded as a private initiative in 1958.
To collect manuscripts and archives documenting the Swedish women’s movement
To collect and catalogue literature on women and to index it in such a way as to make gender aspects manifest
To support scholarship on women by publishing research reports and dissertations on women’s history for a wider market
KvinnSam has a manuscript collection of about 350 metres of shelf space, divided into personal archives and association’s archives. Manuscripts and other source material with an emphasis on the early 1900s decades, from the suffrage struggle and beyond can be found here. Collection of materials is still going on. Some of the most recently received archives are Sonja Åkesson’s and Birgitta Stenberg’s collections.
Eva Andèn’s archive
Emilia Fogelklou’s archive
Flory Gate’s archive
Honorine Hermelin’s archive
Kerstin Hesselgren’s archive
Karin Kock’s archive
Märta Leffler’s archive
Lise Meitner’s archive
Eva Moberg’s archive
Ada Nilsson’s archive
Alice Nordin’s archive
Hagar Olsson’s archive
Jeanna Oterdahl’s archive
Elin Wägner’s archive
Fogelstad Women Citizens’ School
Fredrika Bremer Association, Gothenburg
Föreningen för uppmuntran av öm och sedlig modersvård, Gothenburg
Grupp 8, Gothenburg
Gothenburgs Women’s Discussion Club
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Kvinnliga akademikers förening
Skara fruntimmers skyddsförening
Business and Professional Women, GothenburgA small selection from KvinnSam’s list of archives
Aleksandra Kollontaj 1872-1952,Soviet politician, diplomat and author. On the right one of the many letters that she wrote to her friend Ada Nilsson.
Spread from one of Märtha Leffler’s "party books”
The Second Women’s World Games were held at Slottsskogsvallen 1926. Photographs from Mary von Sydow's archive.
Jeanna Oterdahl, 1879-1965, author and teacher.
Constellation Fogelstad: Elisabeth Tamm, Ada Nilsson,Kerstin Hesselgren, HonorineHermelin and Elin Wägner.
Fogelstad Women Citizens’ School, the schoolhouseFrom KvinnSam’s archives
A card catalogue was built up with references to literature on different aspects of women and their conditions. Articles, chapters and books were registered according to a subject headings system where women were the norm. The directory was based on the literature available at Gothenburg University Library.New entries were presented regularly in a bibliography, from the beginning a stencil on a few pages, from 1971 as an independent work in print.In the early 1990s the card catalogue was computerized, the database was named KVINNSAM. The printed bibliography continued to be published until 2000.Today KVINNSAM is the most extensive database in the Nordic countries for research on women, men and gender.
The database GENA is a database of PhD theses in Women's Studies, Men's Studies and Gender Research in Sweden, from 1960 onwards.
This is the most extensive database in the Nordic countries for research on women, men and gender. References to books, articles, essays, chapters in books, reports etc. can be found here. The database covers literature from and including the 1970s and we are continually in the process of adding older materials. At present these materials are listed in a card catalogue in the KvinnSam reading room.
The first Swedish women’s periodical, ”The Home Magazine” (Tidskrift för hemmet), and its successors can be found in the digital archive containing older Swedish women’s periodical’s. These periodicals can be accessed and read via KvinnSams website http://www.ub.gu.se/kvinn/
In the 1960s and 1970s, the interest in women’s social conditions grew. The second-wave women’s movement began in the US, from where it spread quickly to other parts of the world. This portal will tell you about women’s organizations in Sweden of those days, and about their impact on debates, and on social and cultural life.
The struggle for franchise was an overarching concern to the women’s movement in Sweden in the decades before and after 1900. Sweden was the last Scandinavian country to secure franchise for women – it was not until 1919 that the Swedish Parliament decided to let them vote in general elections.
Unpaid work has always been open to women. Here, we give you an account of the road that led to paid work, academic posts, etc, through new texts, old documents, photographs and other material.
Women have organised themselves in their own associations for peace since the end of the nineteenth century, internationally as well as nationally. The history of women’s campaign for peace is illustrated here with the aid of newly-written texts, old documents, photographs and other materials. The main emphasis is on the late nineteenth century and up until the Second World War.
In the database Greda you can find Swedish gender researchers, from PhD candidates and above. The database aims at being a help for journalists, organizers of conferences, the interested public, researchers and others, who want to find information about and to get in contact with gender researchers.
The database gives advice on literature about gender mainstreaming and also about gender equality in a wider sense of this term. Its purpose is to assist those who work with gender equality, as practicians and consultants in organizations and authorities.
Jämda contains references or links to government commissions, doctoral dissertations, reports, legislation, manuals, etc, some in full text.