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Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archives
History : The Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archives dates from 1982 when a women's liberation reading group was formed. When the members realised that some of the papers, publications and memorabilia of the Women's Liberation Movement were already either hard to come by or destroyed, the group reformed as the Women's Liberation Archives with the aim of preserving as much of the material of the Women's Liberation Movement in Victoria as possible and to make it available for research and other purposes. The Women's Liberation Archives had its first meeting on 1 March 1983 and met regularly for the next ten years. During that time the WLA published three calendars (1984,1985 and 1987) in conjunction with Sybilla Press; moved location several times; successfully applied for funding from the Victorian Women's Trust; and continued collecting, preserving and making material available for research. In 1992 the Women's Liberation Building in 28 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy closed: the Archive was relocated to a private home and renamed the Women's Liberation and Lesbian Archives. In 2000, a new collective was formed to find a permanent home for the Archive, and it registered as the Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archives Inc.. A grant from the Community Heritage Grants Scheme in Canberra paid for an overall assessment of the collection and after looking at the options, a decision was made to move the collection to the University of Melbourne Archives at the end of that year. The VWLLFA Collective continues to be active in support of its initial aims and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013.. This collection is No.18 of the Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archive
Activities/Occupation: Feminist collectives, Women's rights activists
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