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.
This summer, the BMRC (Black Metropolis Research Consortium) continues, in its third iteration, the Archie Motley Archival Internship Program. This program is designed to provide students of color with opportunities to gain practical work experience in archives management, and to recruit students of color into the archives profession as a means to address the critical issue of the underrepresentation of people of color in the field.
Megan Naylor has been named the Archie Motley Archival Intern for summer 2017. Naylor will process the records of Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, which are housed by BMRC member institution, Loyola University Chicago within the Women in Leadership Archives.
Please join PWA Council 27 for an interesting event exploring women’s ethnic voices in journalism as we observe UNESCO World Press Freedom Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017. UNESCO World Press Freedom Day was established in 1993 to recognize the importance of a free and pluralistic press in democratic societies. A panel discussion with women journalists from local media outlets and fraternal organizations about the challenges facing the ethnic press in the 21st century will be followed by a luncheon with wine and a Cash Raffle to benefit the PWA Archives Preservation Project at Loyola University Chicago. READ MORE
Ramonat Scholars presented their final research projects in Piper Hall on the Loyola University Chicago campus. Several of the scholars utilized WLA materials in their research and final projects. The Colloquium celebrated the hard work of 10 scholars over the past school year.
The Ramonat Seminar is an interdisciplinary, two-semester course that provides Loyola undergraduates with the unique opportunity to explore changing topics within American Catholic history, literature, and culture through hands-on research.
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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!