History

The archive of the FFBIZ began as a temporary collection of the Lesbian Action Centre founded in 1973/74. It arrived at the new-founded FFBIZ in the year 1978 via Labrys, the first women's book shop in Berlin which was registered as a women's literature archive at the Register of Associations in 1975.

The second wave of the women's movement, the "Women's Liberation Movement", was an international movement right from the start. Women from different continents and workers from various "development aid organisations", which were to form an active work group at the FFBIZ for years, were also involved in the foundation of the FFBIZ. That is why documents of the women's liberation movement from all over the world have been collected, catalogued and made available to the public as well as materials from and about Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The documents collected in the archive are also special in other respects. A number of active groups of the women's liberation movement, which often cooperated for years and carried out several large campaigns, were not constituted as legal entities, such as associations. They did therefore not document their activities in a structured manner in formal files, but rather with working papers, minutes, flyers, posters, photos, buttons, stickers and other material in addition to records with songs from demonstrations and women's festivals. This applies to the Action Committee for the Liberation of Women (1968/69) as well as to "Bread and Roses" and large parts of the "Anti-§ 218 Movement", the international and national "Wages for/against Housework Campaign", the anti-nuclear movement and women's disarmament and peace movement, women's congresses (since 1975) throughout the Federal Republic of Germany and Europe and feminist networks for the debate on genetic engineering and reproduction technologies (since 1983). Files and long-term magazines only came about with the successive foundation of women's projects and the first women's political parties in the Federal Republic of Germany beginning in the mid-seventies.

This material, which has not been considered worth archiving for a long time, has been catalogued in a conventional manner and made accessible to the public through the FFBIZ archive. It is supplemented by press clipping collections on specific topics as well as documentations and books. For several years now we have also been collecting estates and autographs of protagonists of the women's liberation movement. We recently stepped up the documentation of current campaigns, such as the campaigns to prevent violence against women ("One Billion Rising") and against sexism (e.g. #Aufschrei or the Slutwalks) and the corresponding debates in blogs, online portals and other online platforms, including queer-feminist perspectives and discussions. In this way, the archival collections have been growing continuously since the foundation of the FFBIZ. Appropriate long-term storage of all materials in acid-free folders and boxes in a cooled, oxygen-reduced store has been established in 2003.