The objective of The Women's History Archives is to collect, preserve and file documents about the history of women as well as communicating that history and encourage research. It is the only institution of its kind in Iceland. The Women's History Archives is a special entity within the National and University Library of Iceland.
The Women's History Archives preserves the documents of individuals of any age, class or origin, as well as the documents of women's associations.
Among the material the Women's History Archives preserves are letters, diaries, meeting-reports, speeches, unpublished manuscripts, handwritten recipe books, home accounts, notes, school grades and photographs, as well as other documents. The Women's History Archives accepts private archives of all sizes, even if they consist of just a single letter or payslip, to give an example. Private archives can be kept closed for up to 80 years from their creation, at the request of the donor.
The Women's History Archives does not preserve books or magazines, except under special circumstances.
Please contact us if you have material that you wish to donate to The Women's History Archives. Our telephone number is +354 525 5779 and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample of private collections from private associations and groups kept at the Women's History Archives: