ViVa Women's History: Introduction
Viva is a current bibliography of women's and gender history in historical and women's studies journals. Articles in English, French, German, Dutch, Scandinavian languages, and, occasionally Spanish, are selected from 180 European, American, Canadian, Asian, Australian and New Zealand journals. All bibliographic descriptions are stored in the ViVa database. It now contains more than 12,000 records describing articles from 1975 onwards. It is online and freely accessible. You can search the database and browse by year of publication.Search the ViVa Database
What's New | Background | Selection of Articles | African Titles | Compilers and Contributors
What's NewNew in ViVa: Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle and Jahrbuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung.
BackgroundViVa stands for "Vrouwengeschiedenis in het Vaktijdschrift," which is Dutch for "Women's History in Professional Journals." The bibliography was started in 1990 by Els Kloek as a special project at the History Department of the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. By selecting and indexing articles on women's history from 50 West European and American scholarly journals, Kloek and her assistants intended to create a reference tool for locating publications in this field and to provide an overview of the development of women's history writing. The bibliography was published in three printed volumes covering 1975-1994 (Els Kloek et al., Vrouwengeschiedenis in het vaktijdschrift: een bibliografie van artikelen, Amsterdam: Historisch Seminarium van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1991-1995, 3 vols. Amsterdamse historische reeks 18, 26, 29).
Since 1995 the project has been continued by the International Institute of Social History (www.iisg.nl). The bibliography, now named ViVa, was made available on the web in 1997. Since then an additional 140 journals have been indexed retroactively, and new titles are being added to the online version on an ongoing basis. The complete bibliography, containing titles from 1975 to 2009, is available as a Web database. The address is: www2.iisg.nl/viva/.