You may have heard about the wonderful Feminist Archive South, housed at the University of Bristol Library Special Collections. Visit our website here: feministarchivesouth.org.uk
It holds 160 metres (plus) of inspirational materials. Unfortunately we have not yet had a chance to transfer all of our paper catalogues and lists on to our online archive catalogue, which could be found here: http://oac.lib.bris.ac.uk/DServe/
We need some help typing up word lists, access databases, and other random listings, which can converted into one catalogue, so people both in Bristol and elsewhere, can easily evaluate what is in the archive, and order up resources to use. At the moment, a significant amount of our lists are on paper alone.
Ensuring the archive is catalogued really helps researchers, and members of feminist communities, discover the Feminist Archive South’s contents. It also helps to preserve material in the long run (because of less handling and we are able to access materials from store in a more precise way).
Bear in mind everything won’t be catalogued at the end of this project, but if you would like to get involved it would really help us.
We envisage people will be taking printed or photocopied lists and typing them up and converting them into another format. It can be done in Special Collections, or we can supply copies of lists for you to work on at home. We will provide a template for you to fill, which should be easy to use and follow.
You don’t have to have any prior experience of archive work, just be keen to learn about feminist histories and have a good eye for detail.
Do get in touch via the firstname.lastname@example.org and we are happy to discuss this further.
There is no deadline, as we envisage this kind of support will be ongoing for the immediate future.