Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives

Special Projects

BMRC Archie Motley Archival Internship Program

The Women and Leadership Archives, as part of Loyola University Chicago, is a member of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC). As such, the WLA has applied for and received summer interns as part of the  Archie Motley Archival Internship Program (AMAIP).

Color Our Collections

Annual coloring fest on social media where libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world create and share free coloring books using materials from their collections.

Hoellen Family Foundation

We are grateful to the Hoellen Family Foundation for their continued support of the University Libraries for the enhancement of our special collections. The Loyola University Archives and Special Collections and the Women and Leadership Archives have benefited from the Foundation’s generosity over the years.


In 2016, the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) awarded a $5,000 Historical Preservation to the WLA to enhance online access to the Mundelein College Records.

Lecture Series

Presentations in 2010-2013 from faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students highlighting interdisciplinary scholarship on women and gender.

Loyola Sesquicentennial

Celebrating 150 years of Loyola University Chicago (1870-2020)

Mundelein at 90

Grant project to digitize and provide online access through the Illinois Digital Archives to unique historical records previously only available in person at the WLA.

PWA Preservation Project

Partnership between the Polish Women's Alliance of America (PWA) and the WLA to preserve and enhance access to PWA historical documents and photographs.

Votes for Women

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

Focus on the Book

In 2017, the WLA joined with Polish Women's Alliance of America, The Newberry, Loyola’s Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program, and Loyola Libraries to host Dr. Helena M. Pycior, Professor Emerita, author of Marie Skłodowska Curie: Piecing Together the Historical Puzzle for the Fifth Annual Focus on the Book event. Attendees joined in a discussion with Dr. Pycior on her book and research, as well as viewed items related to Marie Curie from the WLA's Polish Women's Alliance Collection.