We're sometimes asked 'where is the gender history section?' As the IHR's collections are arranged geographically, by period and type of material, items on gender history are scattered across the library according to their subject. This guide brings a few examples together. The material falls within the collection areas of primary sources, historiography and guides to sources. Our collections cover western Europe and its colonial history, from the C5th onwards. The items listed below are just a selection of the range of material we hold, you can browse our full holdings on the catalogue. Some of our material is in closed-access - see further details.
Much of the material listed here is specifically on the subject of gender or women's history. We hold a much wider range of source material which will contain relevant material for research in this area. The large collection of personal narratives and parliamentary records are just a couple of examples.