Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives

About Us

Established in 1994, the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) collects and makes available permanently valuable records of women and women's organizations, which document women's lives, roles, and contributions. The Women and Leadership Archives has its roots in Mundelein College, which was founded and operated by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), and provided education to women from 1930 to 1991, when it affiliated with Loyola University Chicago. After the affiliation, Mundelein's spirit lived on in the creation of the Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, Center for Women and Leadership. The Women and Leadership Archives grew out of the need to preserve Mundelein College records and expanded to collect papers of women leaders.

Collection strengths include the subject areas of activism and women’s issues; authors; education; environmental issues; public service; social justice; women religious; and the fine, performance, and visual arts. The WLA also holds the records of Mundelein College. Geographically, the WLA prioritizes collecting first within Chicago, second within the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin), and third within the United States.

Organizationally, the WLA is part of the Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, Center for Women and Leadership, and part of Loyola's Library system. The WLA is staffed by a Director and Graduate Assistants from Loyola's Public History Program. Interns and volunteers also work at the WLA.

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