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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - WOMEN'S INSTITUTE -

THE WOMEN’S LI­BRARY The Women’s Li­brary at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics holds the ar­chives of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tutes ( NFWI). Search the cat­a­logue at lse. ac.uk/li­brary/col­lec­tions/ fea­tured­Col­lec­tions/ wom­en­sLi­braryLSE.aspx. It’s a wide-rang­ing col­lec­tion, par­tic­u­larly in­for­ma­tive about the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the NFWI and its na­tional of­fi­cers. HOME AND COUN­TRY / WI LIFE The WI’s monthly mag­a­zine, Home and Coun­try, was pub­lished from 1919 un­til 2006, when it changed its name to WI Life. It’s a rich re­source not just for re­search­ing the his­tory of the WI, but for get­ting a sense of con­tem­po­rary so­cial his­tory. The Bodleian Li­brary in Ox­ford ( bodleian.ox.ac.uk) holds an al­most com­plete run. LO­CAL AR­CHIVES Lo­cal WIs are ar­ranged into county fed­er­a­tions; some of th­ese hold their own ar­chives, while oth­ers are de­posited at county record of­fices. Th­ese col­lec­tions are likely to in­clude more per­sonal doc­u­ments, like minute books, meet­ings cards, lists of mem­bers and pho­to­graphs. Look on thewi.org.uk for fed­er­a­tion con­tacts. NEWS­PA­PERS Lo­cal news­pa­pers have al­ways been keen to pub­li­cise WI meet­ings and other events. Again, county record of­fices are the place to find th­ese. Many lo­cal li­braries also pro­vide free ac­cess to british­news­pa­per­ar­chive.co.uk, which can also be searched at find­my­past.co.uk. ORAL HIS­TO­RIES If you would like to know whether a mem­ber of your fam­ily be­longed to a par­tic­u­lar WI, why not talk to cur­rent mem­bers? The col­lec­tive mem­ory at in­di­vid­ual WIs can be re­mark­ably long. Con­tact thewi.org.uk for links.

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