Scope and Content of Collection
The Washington Area Women's Center collection contains a wide range of material covering the period from 1918 to 1984 with the bulk of material dating from 1969 to 1982. The collection contains primarily English-language materials, though some publications are in French, German, and Spanish. It contains announcements, bibliographies, brochures, flyers, newsletters, newspapers and published journal and newspaper articles; most of the materials relate to the women's and lesbian movements in the United States during the 1970s with the Washington, D.C. area as the primary focus. Furthermore, there are unique editions of country and around the developed world. Major topics addressed include the early development of women's studies in academia, employment, lesbian activism, rape prevention, sexual harassment, violence against women, and women's health issues.