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.
This summer, Loyola began various stormwater improvements and interventions to protect campus buildings, including Piper Hall. As this project continues, the WLA remains open to visitors by appointment. Work in the plaza in front of Piper Hall will continue through Spring 2024. LEARN MORE
Thank you for joining us for the presentation and reception with featured guest, Ewa Barczyk, President of the Polish American Librarians Association and editor of the book "Footprints of Polonia: Polish Historical Sites Across North America". Slides from the presentation are now available online.DETAILS
Sr. Patricia A. Crowley, OSB, who dedicated her life to serving people experiencing homelessness and other social justice issues, passed away October 14, 2023. Services will be held on November 4 in Evanston, IL.LEARN MORE
The WLA remembers award-winning historian Suellen Hoy, who passed away on May 4, 2023. Dr. Hoy researched and published works on public health, women reformers, and Catholic women religious orders, particularly those residing in Chicago. She was also a founder of the National Council on Public History. She received numerous fellowships and prizes to support her research, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conference on the History of Women Religious in 2007. Learn more about Dr. Hoy’s life and career through her collection's finding aid. LEARN MORE
The WLA remembers Alice Bourke Hayes, Ph.D. A graduate of Mundelein College Class of 1959, Dr. Hayes served as president of the University of San Diego 1995-2003. She also served as served as vice president for academic affairs, associate academic vice president, dean for the natural sciences and chairperson of the department of natural sciences at Loyola University of Chicago. Hayes was a botanist who conducted research in mycology, was a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Space Biology Program, and served on advisory panels of the National Science Foundation. Read her WLA collection’s finding aid to learn more.LEARN MORE
The Rambler Read is Loyola's common reading experience, an opportunity for the Loyola community to foster meaningful discussion and engagement on issues that impact our community. This year's Rambler Read is "Wake Up With Purpose!: What I've Learned In My First Hundred Years" by Sister Jean and Seth Davis. Learn more in the Libraries Research Guide.READ MORE
Explore the Mundelein College photographs now available online in the Illinois Digital Archives. During a webinar on March 30, 2023, Emily Reiher, WLA Director, demonstrated how to browse and search for materials in the online collection. Watch the recording of the demonstration now!
Visit our new digital resource that tells the stories of some of the buildings that were once part of Mundelein College's campus. See historic photos and learn the history discovered in the Mundelein College Records of buildings that still stand or have since been demolished. We will be adding more buildings for you to explore in the coming weeks!READ
On August 21, 2023, Sister Jean celebrated her 104th birthday! Before the world fell in love with her, we knew Sister Jean (Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM) from her long career at Mundelein College.LEARN MORE