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"If I see anything vital around me, it is precisely that spirit of adventure, which seems indestructible and is akin to curiosity." - Marie Curie


The Women's Museum of California Archive collection houses nearly 300 linear feet of material documenting the life and work of prominent female leaders and organizations' commitment to women's rights and representation.

Our archive collections include the first women’s studies program developed at San Diego State University, collections from U.N. Conferences on the Status of Women, the National Organization of Women (N.O.W.), the Older Women’s League (O.W.L.), California Women for Agriculture, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (W.I.L.P.F.), National League of American Pen Women, League of Women Voters, National Women’s Political Caucus, the American Association of University Women, and finally Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Care Clinic of San Diego.

The personal papers & archival collections of prominent women include our founder; Mary Maschal, California suffragist sympathizer Alice Park, Nancy Reeves, Lucy Killea, and Alice Barnes.

A portion of the Women's Museum's audio and video files have been digitized and can be found on the internet archives. This collection includes audio from San Diego NOW meetings and oral interview with San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame inductees. 


From The Collection

A visual selection of Women's Museum of California collections


Feminist Buttons

A small portion of the museum's vast feminist button collection.

Un Women Decade For Women

Feminist T-shirts

A small portion of the Women's Museum's feminist t-shirt collection 

Un Women Decade For Women

Feminist Magazines

A highlight of WMC's Feminist Magazine Collection

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Take a look at a sampling of WMC's vintage compact collection

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