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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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!