Archief- en Onderzoekscentrum voor Vrouwengeschiedenis / Centre d’Archives et de Recherches pour l’Histoire des Femmes
- Archive and Research Centre for Women's History
The AVG-Carhif is an archive and research centre specialised in women’s history. It is a bilingual and pluralistic organization that was founded in 1995 and is led by a board of administrators that brings together experts in women’s and gender history from the various Belgian universities.
The AVG carries out historical research, disseminates current research in gender history and organises activities to promote women's history to a wide public audience.
At the Centre, visitors can consult a vast collection of archives, books, magazines and pictures on women’s history and the history of the women’s movement in Belgium.
Archival and Other Holdings
The AVG's archives hold material on personalities or associations who have been actively engaged in gender equality. Most of these archives concern the Belgian (and sometimes international) women's movement. The personal archives contain documents from pioneering women in different fields, researchers in gender studies or politicians. As partner of The Suzan Daniel Fund, The AVG also keeps the archives of the lesbian movement.
The AVG's library carries a number of publications that highlight the evolution of women's social position, the history of the women's movement, and other actors of gender equality. Its collection of magazines covers the entire spectrum of the women's movement, containing foreign titles as well.
The AVG's poster collection covers a wide range of actions within the women's movement, among them the equal opportunities policy (mainly since the 1960s). All the posters can be consulted online.
The AVG's photo collection brings to life the women from both the Belgian and international women’s movement. The pictures are progressively being added to the descriptions in the catalogue.
The AVG preserves biographical information (publicly available) on women who have played an important role in Belgian history, in the women’s movement as well as in other realms. The list can be consulted internally.
Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication
The ‘Women’s Archives Belgium’ database offers an overview of the archival collection of the AVG, and to a lesser extent of archives concerning the Belgian women’s movement that are kept in other depositories.
The database can be accessed here:
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is preferable visitors make an appointment.
Conditions of Access
It is requested that visitors make an appointment before visiting the AVG.
AVG-CARHIF consulted on 24/07/2019
Pierre-Alain Tallier (dir.), Gertjan Desmet & Pascale Falek-Alhadeff, Sources pour l'histoire des populations juives et du judaïsme en Belgique/Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van de Joden en het Jodendom in België, 19de-21ste eeuw, Brussel, ARA-AGR/Avant-Propos, 2016, 1,328 p.