Collection GB 1534 SWL - St Andrews Women's Liberation Group Archive

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GB 1534 GB 1534 SWL


St Andrews Women's Liberation Group Archive


  • 1970-02-15 - 1980-02-15 (Creation)

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10 archival boxes

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Name of creator

(c. 1970 - 1980)

Administrative history

The St Andrews Women’s Liberation Group was a feminist activist group active from the 1960s – 1980s that tackled issues related to lesbians, parenthood, finances, education, abortion, abuse, assault, politics, society, and women’s independence. The first official meeting was on the 5th November 1970. Newsletters were circulated discussing various views of feminism, the difference between “radical” and “socialist” feminism, and published articles further exploring the best way to campaign for women’s equality in Scotland. Furthermore, national conferences were held with other Women’s Liberation Groups in order to help define the feminist agenda, and, on a personal level, consciousness raising groups were held for women to meet and discuss their feelings and desires.

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Scope and content

Papers produced by the St Andrews Women's Liberation Group. Includes; conference notes, information booklets, newsletters and newsletter drafts, instructional booklets, feminist news and articles

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No further accruals expected

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  • English

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Staple rust on some papers. Crumpling, dog-ears and rough edges throughout boxes.

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Description identifier

GB 1534 SWL

Institution identifier

GB 1534

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000)



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Created by Kate Aitkenhead, February, 2022


  • English



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