Collections of Potential Interest to Students

The following is a list of collections at the Women and Leadership Archives that could be useful for the 2014 Chicago Metro History Fair and National History Day topic “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Finding aids for most of the collections below can be found on the WLA Collections page. For those who cannot arrange a visit to the WLA, check out our digital collections, which contain a substantial amount of material from the collections listed below. For more specific topic ideas, see our handout, Resources at the Women and Leadership Archives: Chicago Metro History Fair 2014-2015, here.

Feminism and Women’s Rights:

In what ways have people and groups advocated for women's rights in a variety of arenas? The WLA's collections include individuals and organizations who worked for the rights of women through education, government, business, religion, journalism, homemaking, and art. Click on the collection titles for more information.

Beth Brinkman Cianci Papers

Eleanor Frances Dolan Papers

Mary P. Haney Papers

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Papers

Connie Kiosse Papers

Madonna Kolbenschlag Papers

Sheli A. Lulkin Papers

Donna Quinn Papers

Prudence Moylan, BVM Papers

Bari-Ellen Roberts Papers

Marjorie Tuite Papers

Lyrl Clark Van Hyning Papers

Chicago Women-Church Records

Homemakers Equal Rights Association Records

Mundelein Oral History Collection

Sister Serpents Records

UIFEM Chicago Chapter Records

Women and Children First Bookstore Records

Women Studies Program Records

Social Justice:

How have women advocated for equality and justice in society? Our collections include issues of homelessness, the prison system, oppression in the church, education, civil rights, United Farm Workers, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, and economic justice. Click on the collection titles for more information.

Patricia Ann Crowley Papers

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Papers

Prudence Moylan, BVM Papers

Donna Quinn Papers

Margaret (Peggy) Roach Papers

Bari-Ellen Roberts Papers

Anna Stonum Papers

Marjorie Tuite Papers

Lyrl Clark Van Hyning Papers

8th Day Center for Justice Records

Mundelein Oral History Collection

Women Alive! Exhibit Records

Labor Activism:

How have women played a role in labor activism? The WLA's collections include materials about the United Farm Workers Movement, the Chicago Teacher's Union, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the civil rights movement, the Chicago Federation of Labor, and the Illinois AFL-CIO. Click on the collection titles for more information.

Carol Frances Jegen Papers

Sheli A. Lulkin Papers

Prudence Moylan, BVM Papers

Mollie Leiber West Papers

Mundelein Oral History Collection

Women in Religion:

Our collections include women who fought oppression in religion, promoted racial and gender equality in the church, and advocated for reproductive choice in the Catholic Church, as well as organizations who actively work for change in the church. Click on the collection titles for more information.

Anne E. Carr, BVM Papers

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Papers

Donna Quinn Papers

8th Day Center for Social Justice Records

Chicago Catholic Women Records

Chicago Women-Church Records

Massachusetts Women-Church Convergence Records

Mundelein Oral History Collection

Women-Church Convergence Records

Progressivism and Reformers:

The WLA's primary collection concerning progressivism and reformers is the Chicago Woman's Club Records. Founded in 1876, the goal of the club was “mutual sympathy and counsel, and united effort toward the higher civilization of humanity.” The group’s focus ranged from nursing training, temperance, and temperance to charity management and patronizing the arts.

Chicago Woman’s Club Records