The Archival Phase in Feminist Organizations: Methodological Suggestions

Hedva Eyal, Sarai B. Aharoni, Ruth Preser

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The article is based on a series of interviews (61) and a multi-sited ethnography conducted during 2019–2021 which traced archival records of 20 feminist organizations in Israel: local women’s peace organizations (FPAs) and Rape Crisis Centres (RCCs). We describe the study and the complex methodological concerns and meta-questions relating to the study of feminist community archives in relation to content (types of testimonials or records), method of organization (archival practices like cataloging or digitization) and activists’ perspectives concerning future preservation and access. In order to overcome these challenges, we suggest six methodological principles which may apply to the study of civil society organizations that were established between the 1970s–1990s: the importance of identifying researchers’ positionality vis a-vis the archive; the politics of knowledge and intersectional identities; avoiding judgment of informal archival practices; identifying who sets the rules; silence and self-silencing; and recognition of invisible labor.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024


  • community archives
  • feminism
  • methods
  • rape crisis centers
  • violence
  • women’s peace organizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


Dive into the research topics of 'The Archival Phase in Feminist Organizations: Methodological Suggestions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this