Finding a Topic
Collections of Potential Interest to Students
Our archives has a wide range of collections that might be of interest to students working on History Fair projects. Many of our collections also contain a variety of materials, from documents and correspondence, to photographs, videos, and oral histories! Be sure to check out our finding aids for a complete list of our collections.
Looking for more specific ideas? Check out our handout, Resources at the Women and Leadership Archives: Chicago Metro History Fair 2014-2015, here.
During our normal operating hours, Monday, Wednesday through Friday from 9am to 4pm and Tuesday from 11am to 7pm, we welcome students to visit us, see our collections, and consult with staff in person with no appointments required.
Leadership and Legacy in History
The following collections may be of particular interest for students searching for a topic on this year's History Fair theme: "Leadership and Legacy in History."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.