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Women and Leadership Archives

History Fair

History Fair 2014-2015: Leadership and Legacy in History

The Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) is excited to welcome History Fair participants!

We welcome opportunities to work with students individually or as part of a larger classroom instruction. Faculty may schedule a visit to the archives, utilizing the large reading room, or staff will bring the archives to the classroom. The WLA offers archival lab experiences for students to work with collections directly, customizing archives-related assignments for most academic disciplines. Class visits are an ideal opportunity to jump start class History Fair projects.

In addition to working with classes as a group, the WLA also provides individual student assistance regarding planning and conducting original research with primary source documents.  Students learn to "read" original resources, understand basic preservation and conservation, and access digital primary sources. Students are welcome visit any time during regular operating hours, no appointment required. The WLA is open Monday, Wednesday through Friday from 9am-4pm and Tuesday from 11am-7pm.

Looking for topic ideas? Check out our handout, Resources at the Women and Leadership Archives: Chicago Metro History Fair 2014-2015, here.

WLA staff also conduct tours of historic Piper Hall, with special emphasis on interpreting class, gender, and race in historic spaces. Prior class visits include undergraduate and graduate students from Theology, Women's Studies & Gender Studies, Sociology, Education, and History.

Check out our Online Exhibit

Our new online exhibit, Activist Mundelein: Civic Engagement at a 20th Century Women's College, is a great example of how our collections can be used to develop a creative project.  This exhibit looks at the history of activism at Mundelein College, a Catholic women's college here in Chicago from 1929-1991.  Using documents, photographs, newspapers articles, and oral histories, this exhibit utilizes the full range of excellent resources available here at the Women and Leadership Archives


Women and Leadership Archives
Loyola University Chicago · Piper Hall · 1032 W. Sheridan Road · Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.8837 · E-mail: WLArchives@luc.edu

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