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Collections of Potential Interest to Students

Our archives has a wide range of collections that might be of interest to students working on History Fair projects.  Many of our collections also contain a variety of materials, from documents and correspondence, to photographs, videos, and oral histories!  Be sure to check out our finding aids for a complete list of our collections.

Leadership and Legacy in History

The following collections may be of particular interest for students searching for a topic on this year's History Fair theme: "Leadership and Legacy in History." 

The general topics outlined below include: Feminism and Women's Rights, Social Justice, Labor Activism, Women in Religion, and Progressivism and Reformers.

For students interested in Feminism and Women’s Rights:

Beth Brinkman Cianci Papers

A women’s right’s advocate, this small collection is composed entirely of material related to Cianci’s work with various advocacy and equal rights organizations.

Eleanor Frances Dolan Papers

Eleanor Frances Dolan advocated for women in higher education and worked for national agencies working towards equality in education

Mary P. Haney Papers

Haney served as the unofficial U.S. Embassy in India’s expert on Indian and American women’s issues from 1975-1977, coordinator of international programs on women’s issues at George Washington University and an independent consultant on international and domestic issues since 1985.

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Papers

Isasi-Diaz worked extensively in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s in the women’s movement focusing on oppression in churches, religion, and theology. The Collection consists entirely of subject files related to feminism, liberation theology, and global social justice.

Connie Kiosse Papers

Kiosse was a founding member of The Feminist Voice, one of Chicago’s first feminist newspapers, and the majority of the collection is related to this work.  The collection consists of materials related to the 1970s Women’s liberation movement in the United States.

Madonna Kolbenschlag Papers

Kolbenschlag was a professor of Women’s studies and activist devoted to issues of women’s economic and social change. The collection includes research and writing notes, lectures, and publications related to women’s issues.

Sheli A. Lulkin Papers

Lulkin was active in both issues of labor and women’s rights, especially advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment. The collection includes an entire series devoted to Lulkin’s work with women and labor issues.

Donna Quinn Papers

An avowed feminist, Donna Quinn worked for years towards various causes, including those of racial and gender equality, reproductive choice, lgbtq rights, and the position of women within the Catholic Church.

Prudence Moylan, BVM Papers

Prudence Moylan, BVM is a retired Professor of History at Loyola University and Mundelein College. She was active in the farm workers’ rights, civil rights, and women’s rights movements.

Bari-Ellen Roberts Papers

Bari-Ellen Roberts was the initiator and lead plaintiff of Roberts vs. Texaco, the largest settlement for sexual and racial discrimination at the time in the United States. Roberts was a writer and businesswoman.

Marjorie Tuite Papers

According to her memorial service, Tuite played a “prominent role in the civil rights, peace, and women’s movements as an activist, educator, organizer and author.” The collection includes eight boxes devoted to Tuite’s work on various women’s and social justice issues.

Lyrl Clark Van Hyning Papers

Lyrl Clark Van Hyning cofounded We, the Mothers, Mobilize for America, which protested American involvement in lend-lease and the Second World War, the New Deal, Roosevelt Administration policy, and advocated a conservative, anti-Communist, anti-Semitic political view. Lyrl edited the organization’s newsletter, Women’s Voice, which ran for almost twenty years.

Chicago Women-Church Records

Though primarily devoted to addressing women’s place within the Catholic Church, this organization also advocated for many issues related to women as a whole such as affirmative action, the Equal Rights Amendment, and reproductive issues.

Homemakers Equal Rights Association Records

The Homemakers Equal Rights Association worked to raise the social status and ensure the legal and economic security of homemakers.

Mundelein Oral History Collection

This collection contains 39 oral history interviews and reminiscences of former Mundelein College administration, faculty, staff, and students, many of which document individual and institutional involvement in and reaction to various activist movements, women's position in society, and numerous other salient topics.

Sister Serpents Records

A radical feminist art collective in Chicago which was most active between 1989 and 1998 and produced political and often explicit public art with the intention of inspiring women to do away with the patriarchal system that oppresses them. The collection includes material related to the art, exhibitions and activities of the art collective.

UIFEM Chicago Chapter Records

The Chicago chapter of The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) sought to support the civil and political rights of women and recognition of women as equal partners in society. The collection includes information about the chapter itself as well as information on the many programs, events, and conferences in which its members were involved.

Women and Children First Bookstore Records

Women and Children First is a woman-owned bookstore that supports women writers and serves as a community center for women, women’s issues, and some LGBT issues.

Women Studies Program Records

The records of the Women’s Studies program at Loyola University Chicago, the first such program at a Jesuit institution. The collection includes information on the planning and development of the department, course material, and information about a “Commission on the Status of Women” for the university.

For Students Interested in Social Justice:

Patricia Ann Crowley Papers

Crowley worked for years on issues of homelessness and awareness of the prison system’s contribution to this problem. The collection offers information on much of her professional work towards ending homelessness, as well as speeches she made and audiovisual material.

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Papers

Isasi-Diaz worked extensively in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s in the women’s movement focusing on oppression in churches, religion, and theology. The collection consists entirely of subject files related to feminism, liberation theology, and global social justice.

Prudence Moylan, BVM Papers

Prudence Moylan, BVM is a retired Professor of History at Loyola University and Mundelein College. She was active in the United Farm Workers, civil rights, and women’s rights movements.

Donna Quinn Papers

An avowed feminist, Donna Quinn worked for years towards various causes, including those of racial and gender equality, reproductive choice, lgbtq rights, and the position of women within the Catholic Church. The collection includes research material and publications related to social justice topics.

Margaret (Peggy) Roach Papers

Roach was active from 1955-2001 with a variety of social and racial justice issues including: civil rights, ecumenism, economic justice, and women’s rights. The collection documents the work of Roach in social and racial justice issues including news clippings, papers, lectures, and publications.

Bari-Ellen Roberts papers

Bari-Ellen Roberts was the initiator and lead plaintiff of Roberts vs. Texaco, the largest settlement for sexual and racial discrimination at the time in the United States. Roberts was a writer and businesswoman.

Anna Stonum Papers

Anna Stonum was a disability rights activist in Chicago.

Marjorie Tuite Papers

According to her memorial service, Tuite played a “prominent role in the civil rights, peace, and women’s movements as an activist, educator, organizer and author.” The collection includes eight boxes devoted to Tuite’s work on various women’s and social justice issues.

Lyrl Clark Van Hyning Papers

Lyrl Clark Van Hyning cofounded We, the Mothers, Mobilize for America, which protested American involvement in lend-lease and the Second World War, the New Deal, Roosevelt Administration policy, and advocated a conservative, anti-Communist, anti-Semitic political view. Lyrl edited the organization’s newsletter, Women’s Voice, which ran for almost twenty years.

8th Day Center for Justice Records

Works to enact social change and raise awareness about social justice issues through detailed research and involvement with other social justice and community organizations and groups. Issues addressed include: corporate responsibility, economic justice, human rights, peace, and women’s rights.

Mundelein Oral History Collection

This collection contains 39 oral history interviews and reminiscences of former Mundelein College administration, faculty, staff, and students, many of which document individual and institutional involvement in and reaction to various activist movements.

Women Alive! Exhibit Records

The Women Alive!  Exhibit was created to celebrate the lives of 24 Chicago-area women who devoted their lives to peace and social justice issues through political, religious, commercial, and artistic activism. The collection includes visual material of the exhibit as well as actual exhibit items.

For Students Interested in Labor Activism:

Carol Frances Jegen Papers

Best known for her support of the United Farm Workers (UFW) Movement, Jegen campaigned vigorously for the UFW and was even imprisoned twice for her support of the movement. Correspondence, articles, publications, and memorabilia related to her work with the UFW Movement is included within the collection.

Sheli A. Lulkin Papers

A special education teacher for CPS and an active member of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, Lulkin also founded the Coalition of Labor Union Women. The collection includes an entire series devoted to Lulkin’s work with women and labor issues.

Prudence Moylan, BVM Papers

Prudence Moylan, BVM is a retired Professor of History at Loyola University and Mundelein College. She was active in the United Farm Workers, civil rights, and women’s rights movements.

Mollie Leiber West Papers

West dedicated her life to organizing the labor movement, beginning by running the Farm Equipment Workers of America and was present at the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre.  Among other achievements, West served for over 30 years as a delegate to the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Illinois AFL-CIO. The collection includes material documenting West’s activities as a labor activist, including subject files on labor issues, correspondence, and pamphlets.

Mundelein Oral History Collection

This collection contains 39 oral history interviews and reminiscences of former Mundelein College administration, faculty, staff, and students, many of which document individual and institutional involvement in and reaction to various activist movements.

For Students Interested in Women in Religion:

Anne E. Carr, BVM Papers

Anne E. Carr, BVM worked to increase the role of women in the Catholic Church. Carr focused her studies on feminist theology and defining the “new spirituality of the modern woman.”

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Papers

Isasi-Diaz worked extensively in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s in the women’s movement focusing on oppression in churches, religion, and theology. The collection consists entirely of subject files related to feminism, liberation theology, and global social justice.

Donna Quinn Papers

An avowed feminist, Donna Quinn worked for years towards various causes, including those of racial and gender equality, reproductive choice, lgbtq rights, and the position of women within the Catholic Church. The collection includes research material and publications related to social justice topics.

8th Day Center for Social Justice Records

Works to enact social change and raise awareness about social justice issues through detailed research and involvement with other social justice and community organizations and groups. Among many other social justice issues, one of the issues the 8th Day Center addressed for a number of years was women’s ordination.

Chicago Catholic Women Records

Officially started in 1977, CCW consisted of laity and religious women and men who worked towards women’s equal access and full participation in leadership, ministry, and authority within the Catholic Church.

Chicago Women-Church Records

An organization of Catholic women who, according to their website, “reject the church’s sexism and hierarchical structure.”

Massachusetts Women-Church Convergence Records

A member organization of Women-Church Convergence working towards the ordination of women and the elimination of sexism in the Catholic Church.

Mundelein Oral History Collection

This collection contains 39 oral history interviews and reminiscences of former Mundelein College administration, faculty, staff, and students, many of which document individual and institutional involvement in and reaction to various activist movements.

Women-Church Convergence Records

A coalition of women’s groups and organizations within the Roman Catholic faith devoted to raising a feminist voice and advocating the equal rights of women within the Church. The collection information includes material related to conferences, promotional materials, and subject files about various social justice and women’s religious causes.

For Students Interested in Progressivism and Reformers:

Chicago Women’s Club Records

Founded in 1876, the goal of the club was “mutual sympathy and counsel, and united effort toward the higher civilization of humanity.” The group’s focus ranged from nursing training, temperance, and temperance to charity management and patronizing the arts.

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