The Women's Collection began with the gift of the library of the National Union of Women Teachers and is regularly added to and updated through further gifts and purchases. The Collection covers a broad range of subject areas including art, history, literature and politics, all from a women's perspective. It also contains a range of resources relating to contemporary issues facing women as well as a number of older items (now kept in the rare books store) that provide an interesting insight into the changing position of women in society.
To learn more about researching women's studies, visit the new online tutorial with images from The Women's Library collections at:http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/he/tutorial/women
Other libraries with women's studies resources:
The Women's Library: www.thewomenslibrary.ac.uk
Girton College, Cambridge, Library and Archives: www-lib.girton.cam.ac.uk
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk
The Sybil Campbell Library: http://sybilcampbelllibrary.org.uk
Glasgow Women's Library: www.womens-library.org.uk
MAKE: The Organisation for Women in the Arts at Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design, London: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/womensart.lib/
Feminist Archive North (FAN): a major collection of womens' movements' materials from 1969 onwards:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/fan.htm
Chawton House Library and Study Centre (English women's writing 1600-1830): www.chawton.org/library.php
Genesis (Women's history resources): www.genesis.ac.uk
Eleanora Duse (1858-1924) was a famous Italian actress. Her daughter, Enrichetta, married Edward Bullough, Professor of Italian in Cambridge University, and they lived opposite New Hall at 6 Huntingdon Road. Their children gave most of the books they inherited to the college in 1962. Those which could be traced back to Eleanora Duse have been shelved separately. They include plays, art and travel books and some pre-1800 Italian volumes. Glasgow University Library has a collection of Duse memorabilia , and Fondazione Cini in Venice includes the 'Fondo Duse' in its archives, containing letters from D'Annunzio and Pirandello, amongst others.
Dr Anna Sica, a scholar from Palermo University, is currently undertaking research on the collection. Her recent article documenting her findings so far can be viewed online at: www.arcojournal.unipa.it/index_it.html
Elizabeth Rawson (1934-1988) was an early Fellow of New Hall who became a distinguished classicist. She specialised in the history, society and culture of the later Roman Republic and Augustan period. She moved to Oxford as Fellow and tutor in Ancient History at Corpus Christi College, but died tragically young while lecturing in China. Dr. Rawson bequeathed her books to New Hall where they are kept on the open shelves in a comfortable reading area funded by an appeal to her colleagues and former students.