Together with heritage organizations across Canada, and supported by a generous $1 million gift from distinguished alumni and friends, the University of Ottawa Library is linking researchers with original materials on the history of the women’s movement in Canada.

A portal into the women’s movement

The Women's Archives Portal is a pan-Canadian inventory of archival materials available in archives, libraries and museums across the country. Launching in Fall 2022, visitors will use the portal to locate organizations holding records documenting diverse aspects of the women’s movement in Canada, from the 1960s to the present day.

Over 200 descriptions of archival fonds from 60 participating heritage institutions have already been submitted.

For more information on this initiative, or to submit archival descriptions for the database, please contact us at [email protected]


Stories from the Women's Archives

Explore our collections

Women’s Archives

Women’s Archives

The uOttawa Library’s Archives and Special Collections team curates a growing collection of archival fonds related to the history of the women’s movement in Canada, with particular emphasis on the feminist movement since the 1960s. This unique collection represents both individuals and grassroots organizations that worked to improve the political, social, and economic conditions of Canadian women.
Women’s Archives fonds
Feminist periodicals collection

Feminist periodicals

The uOttawa Library holds the largest collection of feminist periodicals in Canada. Comprising almost 1300 titles, the collection includes periodicals and newsletters produced by feminist groups and associations across the country.
Feminist periodicals

Donate your records - Share you Story

Looking for a place to share the work you did to amplify the voice of women? Running out of space to store papers and materials about your work in the feminist movement? Save your story, share your journey…

The Archives and Special Collections (ARCS) provides a secure, environmentally controlled space to ensure the long-term preservation of archival material that promotes multidisciplinary study of the women’s movement and women’s activism across the country.

What you need to do

  • Phone or email the Archives (uOttawa Archives and Special Collections or the Archive of your choice*).
  • Share who you are.
  • Tell them what you have.
  • They will tell you what to do next.
  • Tell your family to contact an archivist before throwing out your materials.


Contact us

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University of Ottawa Library
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65 University Private, Room 039
Ottawa, ON   K1N 6N5

Telephone: 613-562-5910
Email: [email protected]


Permission to display and share this content has been obtained where possible, however, the University of Ottawa does not represent or guarantee this to be the case for every individual item. You agree that any use of this content will be at your sole risk and that the University of Ottawa will not be responsible or liable for any damages that may occur due to your use.

If you are the owner of content that you believe is improperly attributed or being used without permission, please contact us with your detailed concerns at [email protected].
You can also submit a Request for Takedown of Library Materials and Archives.

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