Archive North (FAN) holds a wide variety of material
relating to the Women’s Liberation Movement
(WLM) from 1969 to the present. Topics covered
by FAN include the women’s peace movement,
women’s studies, women and development,
and violence against women.
FAN was created in the 1980s, when material
from the Feminist
Archive South, the sister archive founded
earlier in the South-West, was relocated to the
North of England. FAN was housed first in the
University of Bradford and then in Leeds Metropolitan
University. During this time the collection grew.
In 2001 FAN was moved to Special Collections,
in the Brotherton Library at the University of
The Archive includes personal and organisational
documentary archives, conference papers, dissertations,
books, and complete runs of important WLM journals
such as Spare Rib, Shrew, Women’s Report,
Scarlet Woman, Shifra and Women’s Voice.
There are also leaflets, video and audio tapes,
posters and other ephemera - a wealth of contemporary
material, much of which is unique to this collection.
The Archive is regularly used by women students,
academics, and activists for research and/ or
interest. We are presently open by appointment
only. If you would like more information or would
like to arrange a visit please do not hesitate
to contact us for further
For more detailed information about our recent
activities, read the trustee's
report for 2009/10.