Unpublished Dissertations Collection

Scope and Content

Unpublished dissertations donated by researchers working with the MAKE collections or affiliated as members of the organisation. The dominant subject coverage are aspects of feminism and women's art practice in the UK, but includes dissertations on Artemisia Gentileschi, holography of art, sexism in art, education, motherhood and art, concepts of feminine aesthetic and photography and self portraiture. The institutions of higher education represented are from all over the UK.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Women's Art Library (also known as MAKE) was originally set up as the Women Artists slide Library in London in the late 1970s. This initiative from feminist artists' developed into an arts organisation publishing catalogues, books and a magazine from 1983-2002. During this time women artists deposited unique documentation on their work and created personal files that functioned together as an alternative public space. Thousands of artists from around the world are represented in some form in this collection. In 2004 the collection became part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections. At Goldsmiths The Women's Art Library (MAKE) continued to collect slides, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues, and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and CD-Roms. As at 2009 they continued to welcome donations from women artists to help develop this collection.


Arranged alphabetically by author's surname on the Library shelves.

Access Information

Access for visitors is by appointment only.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued by subject and author on the MAKE database - available in the Library.

Archivist's Note

Description by Althea Greenan, MAKE 2002. Submitted to the Archives Hub as part of Genesis 2009 Project.

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