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.
The Women and Leadership Archives 25th Anniversary was highlighted in the latest edition of Salt (a magazine published for friends & family of the Sisters of Charity, BVM). Read the full issue here! READ
March 18, 2020 Update: The WLA is closed to all onsite visitors until further notice. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or remote research requests. Effective March 16, 2020, the Women and Leadership Archives will be operating by appointment only for the Loyola University Chicago community (faculty, students, and alumni). These researchers are encouraged to contact the WLA to see if virtual accommodations can be made or if an in-person visit is necessary. All other in-person visits and events will be postponed until further notice. WLA staff are available to conduct research, digitize items, and conduct other services to provide access to collections remotely. For more information, please contact the WLA at email@example.com. Follow the link for information regarding Loyola University Chicago’s response to COVID-19. LEARN MORE
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
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
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
Pop-Up Library at the WLA, Spring 2020: CANCELED
The remaining pop-up events in March and April have been canceled.MORE
The Past, Present, & Future of Feminist Spaces: POSTPONED
This event, sponsored by Loyola's Women's Studies & Gender Studies Program and Women & Children First bookstore, has been postponed until further notice.
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