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.
2020 marked the 90th Anniversary of Mundelein College opening its doors to students. First presented at the Advent Vespers event on December 5, 2020, we're happy to share this slideshow of images of Mundelein through the decades.VIEW
Do you remember the Candlelighting ceremony at Mundelein College? Sesquicentennial Scholar Regina investigated its changing tradition and created a video describing the event. View the video: "A Mundelein Christmas".WATCH VIDEO
#AskAnArchivist Day is an opportunity to learn about archives from archival professionals. Check out what WLA Director, Emily Reiher, had to say in response to your questions.WATCH VIDEO
End of Fall 2020 and Winter Break
Please note the following WLA hours & services for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester through Winter Break:
• November 9-20: Open by appointment
• November 21-29 (Thanksgiving Week Break): CLOSED
• November 30-December 12 (Last Week of Classes and Finals Week): WLA staff will have their last day of physical access to the collections on Thursday, December 10 and will resume access in the new year. Please contact the Women and Leadership Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org with any digitization requests by Friday, December 4.
• December 13, 2020 - January 18, 2021 (Winter Break): Staff will be working to fulfill reference questions remotely between semesters, except during university holidays.
Thanks to the generosity of the Hoellen Family Foundation, the WLA is pleased to share several items that have undergone conservation treatment and digitization at the Conservation Center. Follow the link to view select items and learn more.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and thanks to the generosity of the Polish Women's Alliance of America (PWAA), the WLA is pleased to share English translations of select Glos Polek articles from 1913-1920 discussing suffrage and women's role in society. Glos Polek (The Polish Women's Voice) is a publication from the PWAA. Follow the link to read the translations and view the original issues of Glos Polek.READ
The WLA is launching the next round of “Share Your Story,” a project to expand and enrich our records of Mundelein College’s history, and we need your help! Through interviews with alumnae, we hope to gather memories, details, and stories about student life at Mundelein College. Priority will be given to members of the class of 1971, but all alumnae are welcome to submit their interest. Interviews will run approximately 45-60 minutes. Submissions will be collected through October 30, 2020. Initial interviews will take place September 30 – November 13, 2020. We look forward to hearing from you!PARTICIPATE
For Fall 2020, WLA staff will be onsite as needed to fulfill digitization and remote research requests. The WLA may accept donated materials and collections with the Director’s approval. Please contact email@example.com for additional information. LEARN MORE
The WLA is dedicating 19 days to commemorating the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment. Follow the WLA on Facebook (facebook.com/WLArchives), August 26-October 29, 2020, as we remember those who fought for women’s suffrage and the continuing journey towards a more equitable society. The 19 Days (and more) can also be found on the WLA website. LEARN MORE
The WLA's digital collections are now available on a new platform called Preservica. This tool allows us to manage digital collections for the long run by keeping secure backups and helping us to migrate formats over time as software changes. View fascinating documents, photographs, and artwork from the WLA's collections wherever you go!VIEW
Jean Fritz, a 51-year-old mother of three, found herself in the middle of one of the most publicized a controversial trial of her time. She spent four months sequestered in a hotel and separated from her family and the outside world as she, and the other eleven jurors, held the fate of seven young defendants in their hands.LEARN MORE