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 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
COVID-19 Update: August 19, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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
Carol Frances Jegen, BVM, an instrumental faculty member at Mundelein College for over 30 years, passed away on July 7, 2020. Between 1957 and 1991, Jegen served as the founder and director of Mundelein College’s Religious Studies Graduate Program, chairperson of the Peace Studies Committee that created the Peace Studies program, coordinator of the Hispanic Institute, and a dedicated Theology and Religious Studies professor. LEARN MORE
Glos Polek (The Polish Women's Voice), a publication from the Polish Women's Alliance of America, is now available online. Browse Glos Polek issues from 1902-2007 as part of the Women and Leadership Archives Digital Collections. GALLERY
Sister Carolyn Farrell, BVM, the last president of Mundelein College and founding director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, passed away on June 14, 2020. The WLA remembers her life and leadership at Mundelein College and the Gannon Center. LEARN MORE
Did you miss the event? Follow the link to view the slides from the presentation: Organizing Your Personal and Family Archives. Emily Reiher, WLA Director, presented information about storing and handling items safely, encountering outdated formats, purchasing supplies, and managing digital items. LEARN MORE
The preservation project between the Polish Women's Alliance of America and the WLA is well underway! Read the latest update in the June 2020 issue of Fraternally Yours (Zenska Jednota), the official publication for the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. READ
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
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