Australian Women’s Archives Program

Women Protestors. Artwork in Broken Hill Car Park. Courtesy: Outback Archives, Broken Hill City Library, New South Wales
Women Protestors. Artwork in Broken Hill Car Park. Courtesy: Outback Archives, Broken Hill City Library, New South Wales.


Overview

The Australian Women’s Archives Program (AWAP) was established in 1999 to build knowledge and recognition of the social, cultural, historical and economic contribution made by Australian women to public and private life. A collaborative initiative from inception (between the University of Melbourne and the National Foundation for Australian Women) it encourages partnerships between academics, archive professionals and cultural and community organisations to publish authoritative research about women.

Key to the AWAP strategy is the online guide to Australian women and their records, The Australian Women’s Register website. The Register is Australia’s premier, online, archival resource (published quarterly ISSN- 207-3124) dedicated to supporting the discovery, promotion and preservation of the diverse stories of Australian women, past and present.

Existence

The Australian Women’s Archives Program exists to:

  • Conduct original research and compile information about women’s history
  • Make that information available on the web through the Australian Women’s Register
  • Encourage Australian women and women’s organisations to preserve their stories by depositing their records in archives and libraries for the use of further generations
  • Shape attitudes about women and support policy that seeks to improve social equity
  • Close the gender data gap to create a gender equal future through woman-centred Humanities and Social Science research
  • Maintain and strengthen its links with grassroots feminist organisations

Recent research

Project details

Partners

National Foundation for Australian Women

Project manager

Dr Nikki Henningham, Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts

Contact

Dr Nikki Henningham

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More information

The Australian Women’s Register website