The Women's History Archives in Iceland was founded by three women in 1975. One of them, Anna Sigurðardóttir, provided the library with accomodation within her own home and was its director for 21 years until her death, at 87, in 1996. The others were Else Mia Einarsdóttir and Svanlaug Baldursdóttir, both librarians.
From the very beginning it had been the dream of the founders and supporters of the Women's History Archives that it would eventually be housed in Iceland's National Library. This dream finally came true in 1996 when the Women's History Archives opened in the National and University Library. The archives have always had the support of Icelandic women's organisations, without which it could not survive.
*Last edited on 24 March 2017