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Archives in Turkey

This archive will explore the state and private archives in Turkey.

Women's Library and Information Centre Foundation

The Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation (WLICF) is the first and only women-centred library and archive in Turkey. It was founded in Istanbul by Aslı Davaz, Füsun Akatlı, Füsun Ertuğ, Jale Baysal, and Şirin Tekeli; and opened to the public on 14 April, 1990. At that time, the women’s movement in Turkey had already gathered a wealth of documents related to the struggle for women’s rights. These documents concerned issues such as equal pay for equal work, equality in civil rights, ending all kinds of violence against women and equal representation in parliament.

The collections of the Women’s Library in Istanbul are organized in sixteen main sections: Women’s Private Papers, Women’s Oral History, Women’s Organizations, Ephemera, Women Writers, Women Artists, Visual Documents, Audio Material, Posters, Art Collections, Newspaper Clippings, Books, Periodicals, Rare Material, Thesis-Dissertations and Articles.These documents are unique and cannot be found elsewhere. Because libraries and archives centres in general do not have an acquisition policy regarding the women’s movement documents in Turkey, large quantities of ephemeral material regarding the women’s movement is only kept by the Women’s Library. The institution frames and constitutes the memory of women and the women’s movement, and the growth of our collection is parallel to the development of the feminist consciousness in Turkey.

In this ANAMED Library Podcast, the founding member of Women's Library and Information Centre Foundation, researcher, writer Aslı Davaz discussed the symposium held on April 10-11, 2021, the topics of the symposium, and concepts such as women-centered archival and gender and archiving in this podcast. Enjoy listening! 


Telephone: +90 212 621 81 34 / +90 212 534 95 50

Address:  Fener Mahallesi, Mürsel Paşa Caddesi, No: 8, Fener Vapur İskelesi Karşısı (Tarihi Bina), Haliç-Fener, 34220, Fatih- İstanbul / Türkiye

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