Feminist Research Resources

Feminist Research Resources

The following list are additional library resources on gender and sexuality, all of which are freely accessible. The compilation includes digital archives, exhibits, oral histories, and zines.

Barnard Zine Collection

Houses a plethora of resources about zine making, zine libraries, and teaching with zines. While their zine collection is not digitized, most of their thousands of zines can be checked out by Brown-affiliated folks through interlibrary loan.

Broken Beautiful Press

A collection of digitized zines by people of color.  

Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective

“A hybrid archive, museum, and digital curriculum organized around capturing important Chicana and Latina voices from the long Civil Rights Era. Chicana por mi Raza, or CPMR, is first and foremost an oral history project with over 150 oral histories, as well as over 5000 digitized supporting archival records.”

Digital Schomburg

Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture features a rich online platform, including livestreams and video archives of events, oral histories, podcasts, online exhibitions, digital archives and images, and open use books.

Digital Transgender Archive

A compilation of the work of over 30 colleges, “The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.”

Disability History Museum

This online project “hosts a Library of virtual artifacts, Education curricula, and Museum exhibits. These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.”

DIY Feminism: Grrrl Zines in the Third Wave Online Exhibit

Based out of the University of Michigan, this is an online exhibit examining zines and Third Wave feminism.

Interference Archive

A digital catalog of the materials of the Interference Archive, which “explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements” through posters, buttons, t-shirts, books, etc.

Jewish Women’s Archive

“The Jewish Women’s Archive documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change.”

Lesbian Herstory Archives

The longest running and largest lesbian archive in the world. Several digitized audio/visual collections can be found here. You can also read physical copies of their zines Black Lesbians in the 80s, Black Lesbians in the 90s, and Black Lesbians in the 2000s in the Sarah Doyle Zine Collection.

LGBTQ History Digital Collaboratory Oral History Hub

A list with links to numerous online queer and trans oral history projects.

Olakh’s Grassroots Feminist Political Posters in India

University of Wisconsin-Madison Library collection of Indian feminist political posters from women’s organizations.

Pembroke Center Archives

Located right here at Brown, the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women maintains two archives: the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive, which “collects and makes visible the history of women at Pembroke College in Brown University, the post-graduate lives of Brown Alumnae, and feminist practitioners in Rhode Island,” as well as the Feminist Theory Archive, which focuses on the papers of feminist scholars from the 1970s to the present day.

POC Zine Project

A collection of digitized zines by people of color.  

Queer Zine Archive Project

“The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities.”

Remembering Race at Brown

“Inspired by Brown’s 250th anniversary, the sophomore seminar Race and Remembering collaborated to critically examine race at Brown University. This digital exhibit highlights University legacies of erasure and histories of resistance. This is a call to REMEMBER.”

Reproductive Justice Virtual Library

A searchable collection of reproductive justice resources curated by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Rise Up Feminist Archive

Rise Up contains materials from the Women’s Movement in Canada from the 1970s to the 1990s, including Black and First Nations feminist activism.

Schlesinger Library Digital Collections

Harvard’s Schlesinger Library online materials includes transcripts and audiotapes of the Black Women’s Oral History Project and digital collections of people like Susan B. Anthony and Dorothy West.

The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture

Based out of Duke, the extensive “Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture acquires and preserves published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women throughout history. “

Smith College Digital Collections

An extensive digital collection, including several online exhibits and oral history projects.

South Asian Feminist Activist Archive

“The South Asian Feminist Activism Archive (SAFAA) is dedicated to the digital preservation and public availability of rare feminist protest posters, original feminist street plays and protest songs, as well as photographs of grassroots activism from India. Focusing on art as activism, this archive details an important history of grassroots feminist activism regarding social issues such as women’s health, sexual and domestic violence, female infanticide, as well as educational and legal inequities.” Made available through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Spare Rib Archive

“Spare Rib was an active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century. Running from 1972-93, this now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced. Visitors to this site can explore selected highlights from the magazine; and examine how the magazine was run, why it was started and the issues it dealt with.” Made available through the British Library.

The Trans Oral History Project (NYC)

“We are a collective, community archive working to document transgender resistance and resilience in New York City. We work to confront the erasure of trans lives and to record diverse histories of gender as intersecting with race and racism, poverty, dis/ability, aging, housing migration, sexism, and the AIDS crisis." Made available through the New York Public Library.

Visual AIDS Archive

An archive of artistic work by people living with AIDS and AIDS-related art activism.

Women in Science and Engineering Digital Collection

The digital collection of Iowa State University’s Archive of Women in Science and Engineering

Women Who Rock Digital Oral History Archive

The series of oral histories “brings together scholars, musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, and activists to explore the role of women and popular music in the creation of cultural scenes and social justice movements in the Americas and beyond.”

ZineLibrarians.info

A one-stop place for zine librarians to connect. Contains several resources about zine librarian ethics, cataloging, and reading lists.

Zine Wiki

An open-source encyclopedia of zines and zine culture.