Perspectives on Women's Archives
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The Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Archives
Women’s archives hold a significant place in the historical record, illuminating stories of individuals who had an impact on our past in both powerful and quiet ways. The history of the archives themselves—and the struggle to achieve equal representation within the historical record—also tell a valuable story, one that deftly examines American culture and society over the past few centuries.
In PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN'S ARCHIVES, eighteen essays written by noted archivists and historians illustrate the origins of a women-centered history, the urgent need to locate records that highlight the diverse experiences of women, and the effort to document women’s experiences. The essays also expose the need for renewed collaboration between archivists and historians, the challenges related to the accessibility of women’s collections, and the development of community archives.
Ultimately, archival relevancy is reinforced, not diminished, by sharing resources and exposing absences. PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN'S ARCHIVES inspires new thinking about the value of women’s archives and how to fill the gaps in our recordkeeping to move toward a more diverse and inclusive future.