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The founders of the Women's History Archives


Women's History Archives and its founders

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.

From the founding of the Archives in 1975

From the opening of the archives in Anna's home 1. january 1975

Women's Day Committee with Anna Sigurðardóttir

The committee for the women's day off giving their private papers to the archives in March 1976. Anna Sigurðardóttir on the left and Björg Einarsdóttir on the right.

Midwifes

Midwifes (ljósmæður) handing over their research of all midwifes in Iceland. Anna Sigurðardóttir sitting.

Anna Sigurðardóttir and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir in 1981

President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (left) visiting the archive in Anna's (right) home in 1985.

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*Last edited on 8 Februay 2018