Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives

PWA Preservation Project

The PWA Preservation Project is a partnership between the Polish Women's Alliance of America (PWA) and the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA). PWA records are housed at the WLA, and a fundraising campaign was launched in 2016 to support the preservation of PWA historical documents and photographs.

Preservation of oversized photographs and certificates was completed by specialists at the Conservation Center in Chicago. These materials were unrolled, flattened, digitized, and can be viewed online as part of the WLA's digital collections: PWA Digital Collection.


 , 1927


June 2020
The preservation project between the PWA 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

April 2018
120th Anniversary of the Founding of the Polish Women's Alliance of America: Sunday, April 29, 2018, celebrate the PWA 120th Anniversary with the WLA! A lunch and presentation of the WLA/PWA Preservation Project will take place in the Klarchek Information Commons 4th Floor. INVITATION

December 2016
The Polish Women's Alliance (PWA) and the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) have teamed up for the PWA Preservation Project. The PWA is one of the oldest fraternal benefit societies founded by women to help them and those they care about establish financial security and economic independence. LEARN MORE