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.
ABC is airing a new documentary called “1969,” which includes an interview with Margie Fritz-Birch. During the interview Margie talks about her mother, Jean Fritz, who was a juror in the infamous Chicago Seven trial. The six-part series premiers April 23, 2019, and Margie's interview will air on May 14. An exhibit about Jean is on display at the Edgewater Historical Society, and her papers are housed at the WLA. Click through to learn more about Jean Fritz's fascinating story. LEARN MORE
Do you like stories about fascinating people and archives? Our blog has you covered! WLA staff has been working hard to find those stories for you by researching the collections of the Women and Leadership Archives. From the records of activists, educators, a diplomat, Mundelein College, and women religious, we’ve uncovered some enthralling stories. READ MORE
Loyola has started initial planning for its 150th anniversary by documenting and digitizing its rich history. The grant will fund employment for four graduate students as Sesquicentennial Scholars in University Archives and Special Collections in Cudahy Library and the Women and Leadership Archives in Piper Hall.
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
Oral histories tell the story of Peace Studies at Loyola University Chicago which was conceived out of an obligation to make a difference in the world. That responsibility was the primary mission of Mundelein College which launched the Peace Studies program in 1989 and brought it to Loyola when the two institutions affiliated in 1991. The scholars who made that transition happen tell the stories of their commitment to social justice, collective action, and scholarly rigor which has inspired the Peace Studies program from its birth at Mundelein College to its home at Loyola University Chicago. VIEW