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.
For 110 years, Piper Hall has served as a home, coffeehouse, religious studies center, and archives - and you can come visit! As part the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago, the Women and Leadership Archives welcomes you to beautiful Piper Hall at Loyola University Chicago. On October 19 and 20 from 10am-5pm, this historic white mansion on the lakeside will stand alongside hundreds of other architectural gems in the city for this annual event, along with Loyola's Mundelein Center and the Information Commons. We hope you'll include us on your list as you explore all that the city's neighborhoods have to offer. (Photo by Eric Allix Rogers) VISIT
In 2019, the Women and Leadership Archives is celebrating 25 years of collecting, preserving, and sharing women’s stories. Learn more about the WLA’s past achievements, collections, and upcoming events. LEARN MORE
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
Fall 2019 Hours
The WLA is open Monday, Wednesday-Friday 9am-4pm, and Tuesday 12-7pm
Appointments are encouraged but not required.
Please call 773.508.8837 or email WLArchives@luc.edu to schedule a visit.
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
The WLA’s new portal features more than 30 interviews that allow listeners to discover the history of Mundelein College through the personal experiences of students, faculty, and staff. This resource, created by Loyola History PhD candidates Jenny Clay and Nathan Ellstrand, was funded through the LUC Libraries. 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