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Feminist Theory Archive

Welcome to the Feminist Theory Archive

Established in 2003 with the papers of the late Naomi Schor, the Feminist Theory Archive is a collaboration between the Brown University Library and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. This archive documents the work of influential scholars who have transformed the  landscape of higher education through their writing, teaching, institution building, and activism. By establishing academic programs and institutes, organizing innovative conferences and publications, and introducing questions about women and gender to a range of disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences, these thinkers have transformed and diversified the very meaning of “feminist” research. The Feminist Theory Archive gathers, catalogs, and preserves evidence of this groundbreaking work. 

Over 100 prominent feminist scholars have pledged their materials to this archive. Click here for a list of donors who have already given material or have indicated their intent to donate in the future. 

Plan a Visit

Researchers can access collections in the Feminist Theory Archive at the John Hay Library. Because most material is stored off-site, researchers should contact or to request items in advance of their visit. 

View the policies for using special collections at the John Hay Library.

Contribute to the Feminist Theory Archive

Inquiries from donors who are interested in contributing their papers to the Feminist Theory Archive should be directed to: More information about the archive's mission and scope came be found on the Pembroke Center website

Pembroke Center


The Pembroke Center at Brown University is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters critical scholarship on questions of gender and difference, broadly defined, in national and transnational contexts. At the heart of the Center's research agenda is a questioning of what counts as foundational knowledge in a given discipline. This questioning of the production of knowledge is related, in turn, to the challenges that studies of "difference" present to the academy--gender studies; studies of race, ethnicity, multiculturalism; cross-cultural and postcolonial studies.

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