A new archive of militant materials has just become available in the city library of Padua, Italy.
Mariarosa Dalla Costa - whose seminal essay "Women and the Subversion of the Community" provided the theoretical point of departure for the Wages for Housework movement and Campaign - has deposited a vast array of materials in an archive collection at the city library of Padua, Italy. A listing of the available materials can be accessed and downloaded (pdf) through the library's website.
It took a world-wide petition signed by hundreds to overcome foot-dragging and get the library to actually make the materials and the listing available. But that effort - supported by a wide array of people - succeeded.
The Archive contains: documents of Lotta Femminista and of the Wages for Housework network at the national and international level; documents of other feminist movements in Italy and in other countries; documents of other movements in Italy and in other countries. These materials are mainly from the 1970s but some are more recent. In total, there are thousands of items, including both paper documents and multimedia recordings.
It will be possible to consult the Archive on Monday and Thursday from 8:30 to 17:30 at the Civic Library, Centro Culturale Altinate/San Gaetano, Via Altinate 71.