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.
Please call ahead when visiting the WLA from April 19-22
The WLA will not have the regular evening hours on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Instead the WLA will be open from 8:30am-4:30pm on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Please call the WLA (773-508-8837) before visiting from April 19-21 as staff will be in and out of the office those three days.
WLA Thanks Caroline!
The WLA would like to thank Caroline Lynd Giannakopoulous for her excellent work as a Graduate Assistant and her work creating the Mollie West digital exhibit and processing the Mundelein College Collection! We celebrated Caroline's last day on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Pictured above are Caroline (far left) and the WLA Graduate Assistants (from left to right) Ellen Bushong, Megan Bordewyk, & Kate Johnson.
On Monday, March 27, 2017 around 125 people gathered on the Loyola University Campus to listen to a panel discussion and participate in a Q&A with Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun; Ward Mary Ann Smith, former Alderman of the 48th Ward; and Heather Steans, current State Senator, 7th Senate District. Shweta Singh, Associate Professor with the Loyola School of Social Work moderated the event. Click the image to view more highlights from the event.
Class Visit & Tour
History 291: Historical Methods came to visit the WLA on March 23, 2017. Loyola Professor Dr. Leslie Dossey’s class received a tour of the archives and spent the majority of their time working with selected collections.
This year, the WLA received a $5,000 grant from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) to put towards the Mundelein College Paper Records Project. Recent LUC graduate, Caroline Gianakopulos has undertaken the task of processing and creating a finding aid of the paper records for the Mundelein Collection. The Mundelein College records document Illinois’ last all women’s college, that operated from 1930-1991.
Click the image above to read more from Caroline on her progress as she shares her experience of exploring the Mundelein College Records!
The Polish Women's Alliance (PWA) and the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) have teamed up for the PWA Preservation Project. The PWA is one of the oldest fraternal benefit societies founded by women to help them and those they care about establish financial security and economic independence. Click to learn more about ongoing fundraising efforts to preserve the PWA records at the WLA.
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!