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New Collection Acquisitions

We are proud to welcome these new collections to the Women & Leadership Archives!


ZONTA International Oak Park Chapter
In early September Mundelein College Alumnae Karen DeMuro donated just over 12 linear ft. of materials related to Zonta International Oak Park Chapter. According to the Zonta International website, the parent organization was "founded in 1919...Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 31,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 64 countries and geographic areas, Contains all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta's mission and objectives."

Most of the records detail the active history of the Oak Park Chapter while also providing insight into other activities of the US District 6 area and Zonta International more broadly. The records date from 1944 and extend to 2006. We are thrilled to add these important records to the collections at the WLA!

The Women and Leadership Archives is interested in collecting additional Zonta chapter records. Please contact the director, Beth Myers at emyers@luc.edu or 773-508-8837 for more information.

SisterSerpents is a radical feminist art collective that was formed in 1989 in Chicago, IL. SisterSerpents’ work was generally done anonymously, however, among the founding members were Chicago-based artists Mary Ellen Croteau and Jeramy Turner. The group was most active from 1989 through 1998.

SisterSerpents’ members carried out multiple public art operations including poster and sticker campaigns all over Chicago. They held annual art exhibitions and performances, which included women artists from all over the country who had responded to calls for submissions that SisterSerpents placed in art magazines and Ms. Magazine. SisterSerpents’ art has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Germany and Denver, CO. Members have represented SisterSerpents on numerous panels that addressed women’s issues and have given talks on topics of interest. They have also been interviewed by a number of authors and researchers, usually on the topic of using art for political activism. The collection spans from 1989 to 2001 and reflects the collective's art and politics.
SisterSerpents Finding Aid                                                                                         



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