The Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) collects, preserves, and makes available permanently valuable records of women and women's organizations, which document women's lives, roles, and contributions.
In fall of 2014, Kathleen Maas Weigert, Ph.D., the first Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professor, hired Kathleen Ermitage to undertake an oral history project to document the origins of the Loyola University Chicago Peace Studies Program. Its roots lay in Mundelein College, a woman’s college which the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary founded in 1930. Click on the image above to learn more!
Chicago Open Archives is a chance for the public to explore over thirty archives and cultural institutions around the city. During the three-day event, visitors can engage with history and have a chance to talk with archivists, librarians, and curators. The Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) is participating in Chicago Open Archives! This event is free of charge.
Behind the scenes tours of the WLA start every hour, on the hour:
Thursday, Oct. 6th: 10am-4pm
Friday, Oct. 7th: 10am-4pm
Saturday, Oct. 8th: 10am-4pm
The Women and Leadership Archives is excited to announce the opening of the new digital exhibit, Women and Labor: The Story of Mollie West!
This exhibit explores the contributions of women in the labor movement during the 20th century. The story is told through the captivating life of Mollie West, a Chicago activist and labor leader. Using photographs, documents, and videos from the Mollie West Collection, this exhibit highlights the struggles and triumphs experienced by Mollie and others advocating for the rights of workers and women.
The WLA is transitioning into the fall schedule! The WLA is open Monday, Tuesday, & Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm, Wednesday 11:00am-7:00pm, and Thursday 8:30am-1:30pm. Appointments may be made to visit the archives outside of these hours. Click for more information about visiting the WLA! We hope to see you this fall!
Want to know how to research at an archives? Find out how to use the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) in this short video created by Graduate Assistant Ellen Bushong. Lu Wolf, mascot of Loyola University Chicago, experiences the archives first-hand and learns how to use our finding aids, navigate the WLA website, and how to properly handle documents, photos, journals, and much more!