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.
Stop by the Women and Leadership Archives on the third floor of historic Piper Hall. Students can grab a study spot, check out books & movies from the University Libraries, and enjoy themed WLA items on display. The WLA will host three pop-up libraries this semester: February 4, March 17, and April 14. Each pop-up will have a different theme and activity. 12-4pm, Piper Hall. Find event details on Facebook. MORE
Spring 2020 Hours
The WLA is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm during the spring semester (January 13-April 24, 2020). We will be closed January 20 and April 10 for holidays. Appointments are encouraged but not required. If you would like to visit the archives outside of our regular hours, please call 773.508.8837 or email WLArchives@luc.edu to schedule a visit.
The WLA is once again participating in Color Our Collections. From February 3-7, 2020, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free coloring sheets based on materials in their collections. Please download, print, and share your favorites! Share your work with us using #ColorOurCollections and #COCWLA. PARTICIPATE
We are happy to announce (just in time for the Legion's 80th anniversary this year!) that the Legion of Young Polish Women Digital Exhibit is now available in Polish! Follow the link to get access to the English and Polish versions of the digital exhibit. VIEW
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
Sister Mary Therese Langerbeck, BVM, reportedly “the world’s first Sister-Doctor of Astrophysics” has been included in the Society of American Archivists list of "Unsung Heroes in the History of STEM and Health Sciences." Sr. Langerbeck taught physics at Mundelein College in Chicago from 1936-1970. (Photo: Sister Langerbeck with globe, n.d.) LEARN MORE
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