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KvinnSam's archives and databases
KvinnSam indexes literature in women's studies, men's studies and gender research and collects archival material in women's history. You will find the material in our databases and archives.
KvinnSam, National Resource Library for Gender Studies, is a university-wide research infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg. KvinnSam's website contains information on activities and services.
Databases and digital resources
KvinnSam produces several databases and digital resources in women's studies, men's studies and gender research.
The database KVINNSAM is the largest database in the Nordic countries in women's studies, men's studies and gender research. The database consists of references to books, articles, essays, book chapters, reports and more. The database covers literature from the 1970s and we continuously publish older material.
In Gena you can search for references to Swedish doctoral theses in women's studies, men's studies and gender research. The database consists of references from 1960, when the first thesis in women's studies was written, and onwards. Newer dissertations are often available in full text.
Bilddatabas (Swedish only)
In the image database, you will find photographs of famous voting women, unknown students, female athletes and more. The pictures are taken from KvinnSam's archives. Most are from the turn of the century and earlier half of the 20th century.
Historical Swedish periodicals for women
The first women's periodical, Tidskrift för hemmet (start year 1859), and its followers can be found among our digitized historical Swedish periodicals for women.
KvinnSam has listed a selection of important years for women's history and gender equality in Sweden. The list also contains information on female pioneers in different areas and EU directives that deal with gender issues.
Material from the KvinnSam archive is presented in our historical portals. They contain texts written by researchers, biographical articles on predecessors, scanned archival material and photographs. The portals are intended as educational material from the upper secondary level and can be used by anyone interested in women's history.
The manuscript collection
KvinnSam's archives contain manuscripts and archive material from individual women, organizations and associations. The collections include letters, pictures, diaries and manuscripts. The focus of the material is on the first half of the 20th century and is available for scientific research.
KvinnSam is situated at the Humanities Library. In KvinnSam's reading room you will find books and journals in women's studies, men's studies and gender research.
Contact us if you need help finding material in women's studies, men's studies and gender research.