- 1973 - (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
17.5 metres (43 archival boxes) containing graphic, textual and audio-visual material.
Name of creator
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.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The majority of the materials were deposited at Glasgow Women's Library in one donation. Prior to this, they were in the custody of Scottish Women's Aid. Some materials have been donated by individuals involved in Women's Aid in various capacities over the years and added into the existing collection.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
This collection consists of records created by Scottish Women's Aid and local women's aid groups, including annual reports, newsletters, organisational records, promotional material, publications, and other ephemera. There is also a large series of news cuttings included in the collection that were collected by workers at Scottish Women's Aid, primarily from the mid-1970s to early 1990s. The collection also includes informational materials from related organisations used by staff at Scottish Women's Aid.
This collection is currently undergoing processing as part of the Speaking Out: Recalling Women's Aid in Scotland project (2015-2017) and a number of oral histories have been collected and will be added into the archive in late 2017.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Further accruals are expected from both Scottish Women's Aid and local Women's Aid groups and will be added into the existing catalogue.
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
A number of the audio files of the oral history interviews are closed. However, all interviews have transcripts that are open for research and accessible from the catalogue.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
While most items have entries in the catalogue, there are also detailed finding aids available from Archives staff. To view material in this collection please email the archivists to make an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Place access points
Name access points
- Scottish Women's Aid (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000).
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