- 1973 - 1999 (Accumulation)
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Founded in 1976, Scottish Women's Aid was established to provide a national voice for regional Women's Aid groups around Scotland. The first women's aid groups were established in 1973, beginning in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as grassroots feminist organizations providing support and temporary housing for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Since the 1970s, many more women's aid groups have been founded and continue to operate throughout Scotland.
The series was in the custody of Scottish Women's Aid until transferred to Glasgow Women's Library. Press cuttings were collected by workers at Scottish Women's Aid and arranged both thematically and chronologically.
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Series consists of press cuttings from various Scottish newspapers collected by Scottish Women's Aid workers from the mid-1970s to late 1990s. They cover various themes relating to women during this time period, including domestic abuse, violence against women, children and youth, the law, government and politics, feminism, campaigning, discrimination, health, work, housing, religion, marriage and divorce, and arts, media, and culture.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
No further accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
The press cuttings have been arranged both thematically and chronologically, based on how they were arranged by Scottish Women's Aid workers. The archivists have maintained the categories used by SWA and added additional sub-series and file levels in order to make the series more accessible for researchers. Within each file, items have been arranged chronologically. Item level lists are available from Archives staff.
Within each file description entry in the catalogue, there is an accompanying PDF that lists the articles contained within. This is downloadable by clicking on the image at the top and is searchable.
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This series has been described to file level with an item list of each news cutting contained within each file level description.
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Related units of description
There are additional press cuttings focusing on Women's Aid and violence against women, contained within SWA/8/2, donated by Rebecca and Russell Dobash.
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Rules and/or conventions used
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000)
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