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.
Happy Holidays from the Women and Leadership Archives!
The staff of the WLA would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season filled with joy and warm memories. This 1944 photo from the Patricia A. Crowley, O.S.B Papers illustrates the true gifts of the season--time spent with friends and family. Happy Holidays!
The WLA will be closed December 23rd through January 3rd.
The WLA will be closed from December 23rd through January 3rd and will reopen on January 4th. Starting the week of December 12 through mid-January the WLA will be open on Wednesdays from 8:30am-4:30pm instead of 11:00am-7:00pm.
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!
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!
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!