Dr. Melissa Hardie, has been collecting books by and about women for 25 years. She has created a library remarkable for its richness and variety - strong on biography, social life, occupations and history, as well as on literature and the arts, her aim being 'to make available published documentation about women in every aspect of their lives'. In addition to this main reference collection, there is the Cheris Kramerae Gift of books on second-wave feminism and related topics. This small but useful sub-collection is available for loan to University members.
Chronological: Post-1800. Chiefly mid-to later twentieth-century, with a number of nineteenth-century literary and periodical titles.
Known gaps: The collection at Exeter is part of a larger Hypatia Trust book collection, sections of which remain under the Trust's administration in Cornwall. Other parts of the Hypatia Collection, located in Cornwall and America, can be accessed through the Hypatia Trust.