In 2018, the project #PARFUMO: Project Archive Woman and Music Online – was carried out. The aim was to digitise selected archival materials and exhibits (including musical instruments, sheet music, written material, posters, images, and audio and video material) from the archive and make them accessible. In addition, the journal VivaVoce, published by the Working Group Women and Music/Internationaler Arbeitskreis Frau und Musik, as well as its predecessor publication Info. Archivnachrichten, were completely digitised. All digitised media – depending on their active copyrights – gradually found their way into the union catalogue META, where they are accessible online worldwide.
The project has thus created a digital shop window into the archive’s holdings. In addition, the project has produced thematic essays, on topics such as the professional opportunities for women in the music business, and their networks, in the past and present.
All Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv (DDF) projects are intended to simplify the research of materials from the Archiv Frau und Musik and to encourage users to engage with the archive’s materials. Further information can also be downloaded here.
Mary Ellen Kitchens M. A. (project manager) | Anne-Marie Bernhard M. A. (project coordinator until early 2019) | Julian Fischer M. A. (project assistant)
Here you can find the essays written for the DDF:
- Essay 1: Elke Mascha Blankenburg (1943–2013), Conductor and Founder of the IAK (in German)
- Essay 2: And Yet They Played, Sang, Composed and Conducted: the Long-Silenced Women in Music! (in German)
- Essay 3: “Shout, Shout, up with Your Song!” Forms of Networking of Women in Music Culture (in German)
- Essay 4: VivaVoce: From Club Newsletter to Professional Journal (in German)
- Essay 5: It’s A Man’s World: Women Rock, Pop and Jazz Musicians Join Forces (in German)
- Essay 6: Women Setting the Tone – Between Excellence and Gender (Pay) Gaps (in German)
- Essay 7: Gripping Like a Ring Canon: The Women, Music, and Gender Network (in German)