Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives


BMRC Archie Motley Archival Intern at the WLA


Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)
5720 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

CONTACT:Anita Mechler, 773-702-2388  
DATES: May 15 – June 15, 2017
CANCEL AFTER: June 15, 2017



This summer, the BMRC continues, in its third iteration, the Archie Motley Archival Internship Program. This program is designed to provide students of color with opportunities to gain practical work experience in archives management, and to recruit students of color into the archives profession as a means to address the critical issue of the underrepresentation of people of color in the field.

Megan Naylor has been named the Archie Motley Archival Intern for summer 2017.  Naylor will process the records of Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, which are housed by BMRC member institution, Loyola University Chicago within the Women in Leadership Archives.

Megan Naylor is completing a Bachelors of Arts at The University of Chicago, with plans to pursue history and pre-law curriculum. She is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and was previously the president of her high school’s National Honor Society.

About Carol Moseley Braun ---- Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun served as Illinois United States Senator from 1992-1998. She holds many “firsts” including first female African-American Senator, first African-American U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party, first woman to defeat an incumbent U.S. Senator in an election, and first female Senator from Illinois.

Records at the WLA cover almost all of Ambassador Braun’s over 30 years of public service from her time in the Illinois House of Representatives to her Ambassadorship to New Zealand and Samoa. In addition, there are records pertaining to her current business, Ambassador Organics.

The unprocessed collection measures approximately 77.5 linear feet. Processing the WLA collection will provide access and bring organization to the records of this African American woman who broke barriers and pushed boundaries. The Chicago History Museum (CHM) holds the majority of records from Ambassador Braun’s time in the US Senate. WLA records cover other aspects of her political career and life in general, including her current business venture. Processing WLA’s collection provides an adjunct to the CHM records and rounds out information on Moseley Braun.

Pictured below: Megan Naylor

Megan Naylor BMRC Archie Motley Archival Intern