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Special Collections: Women's History Resources

Welcome to the Women's History Resources guide

This guide provides an overview of some of the collections held by the University of Exeter that may be particularly useful for research and study into the history, lives and work of women. Women can be found throughout our collections, but their narratives are often harder to find. This resource guide seeks to address some of these historical imbalances, to represent an inclusive history of everyone in the resources we now develop. Women's History does, of course, also include LGBTQ+ History, Disability History and Black History, for which we have created additional designated guides.

The guide provides information about Special Collections' collections of archives and rare books, as well as the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum collections, and contain links to the catalogues, through which you can explore the collections further. 

The resources highlighted in this guide have been identified using our catalogues, but are not exhaustive. If you come across any other sources within our collections that you think should be included in this guide, we would be very pleased to hear about them.

Archives and rare books held by Special Collections are available to everyone. More information about accessing the collections can be found in our Visiting Heritage Collections LibGuide. Please note that there may be some restrictions on accessing and copying (including photography) material in the archives and books held by Special Collections in line with current data protection and copyright legislation. Always make sure to check the access conditions on the archive catalogue and email Special Collections before your visit for more information about specific restrictions.

A Women's History Month guide created by the University of Exeter Library provides links to digital archives, databases and e-books available to University of Exeter staff and students.

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