Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives



  • Universtiy Archives, Loyola Universtiy Chicago
    The University Archives serves as the institutional memory of Loyola University Chicago. Serving all Loyola campuses, the University Archives collects, organizes, preserves, and makes accessible in a central location non-current official University records and ancillary records of enduring historical and legal value. These records document how the University fulfills its mission and reflect the accomplishments that have given Loyola University Chicago its unique identity.
  • Illinois State Archives
    Useful site for learning about state records. This site includes searchable databases such as the IRAD Local Government Database, Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Department of Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records, Databases of Illinois Veterans, and the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900.
  • Chicago Area Archivists
    Since 1982, the Chicago Area Archivists has worked to provide opportunities for local archivists, historians, librarians and others in the Chicago metro area to meet together for discussion, social interaction, and education. Our 175+ members include archivists, librarians, and records managers in academic, corporate, governmental, institutional, library, and museum settings.
  • Black Metropolis Research Consoritum
    The Black Metropolis Research Consoritium (BMRC) recently opened its new survey and database for use by the public. This database serves as a go-to resource for anyone interested in doing research about African Americans in Chicago. Check it out!


  • Midwest Archives Conference
    Regional professional association for archivists. Contains information on conferences and resources for those in the profession or just interested in learning about the archival profession.


  • Society of American Archivists
    National archival professional association. Valuable source for information on the archival profession such as conferences, publications, advances in the profession, etc.
  • National Archives and Records Administration
    Contains information on federal records preserved by the National Archives. Includes searchable databases for records, reference resources, and the Federal Register. Also includes information relevant to the archival profession.
  • Library of Congress (digital collections)
    A site that contains copious amounts of information including a searchable catalog for LC collections, Thomas the legislative information site, an online exhibit gallery, copyright information, and the American Memory project.
  • Library of Congress Guide to Archival and Manuscript Repositories
    Provides access to an international list of repositories of primary sources. Access is first by region then by country, state or province.


  • Genesis
    From the United Kingdom comes a mapping project to identify and develop access to women's history sources in the British Isles. An extensive, though not comprehensive, database of primary sources available in the UK is available, as is a guide to sources.
  • UNESCO Archives Portal
    Another portal to international archives although in this case listings are by category instead of state or province.

Women's Resources


  • Women's History
    Illinois State Historical Library website that links to various resources such as biographies, photographs, essays, history resources, education resources and much more. This site is organized by category and by institutional name, when available.


  • National First Ladies' Library
    Library devoted to educating people about the contributions of America's First Ladies. This website has compiled bibliographies for each First Lady, thus providing researchers with a an excellent place to start.


  • American Memory—American Women
    A gateway to Library of Congress resources for the study of women's history and culture in the United States. This site enables researchers to search such areas as general collections, serial and government publications, Law, rare book and special collections, manuscripts, prints and photographs, geography and maps, music, and moving images.
  • Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
    An organization with international membership dedicating to connecting, informing, and mobilizing people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's humans rights. This website features five areas: Feminist Organizational Development, Gender Equality and New Technologies, Women's Rights and Economic Change, Young Women and Leadership, and AWID Forum. Each area is divided into Knowledge, which highlights innovative advocacy, research or development initiatives and analyses of new theories; Action, which offers practical tools such as resources and manuals as well as advocacy opportunities; and Policy Change, which highlights significant outcomes of conferences or meetings and provides analysis of policy changes.
  • Center For Women In Politics & Public Policy
    Part of the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, the Center For Women in Politics & Public Policy strives to "...promote women's leadership in politics and public policy by providing quality education, conducting research that makes a difference in women's lives, and serving as a resource for the empowerment of women from diverse communities across the Commonwealth." Carol Hardy-Fanta, Director.
  • National Council for Research on Women
    An alliance of 92 women's research and policy centers, and including individual members, that supports research, policy analysis, advocacy, and innovative programming on behalf of women and girls.
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research
    Public policy research organization focusing on poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, economic and social aspects of healthcare and domestic violence, and women's civic and political participation.
  • Research Information Network for Women and Girls
    From the University of Illinois-Chicago, this site provides information and links to information on caregiving, education, employment, health, violence, policy, networks, and more.
  • Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG)
    Academic forum for interdisciplinary, professional discussion and the presentation and promotion of research in the areas of communication, language, and gender.


  • The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
    Established in the early 20th century, this organization works with other organizations to improve the status of women in the historical profession and society. The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians is known for its weekend retreats, called "Little Berks", and its larger conference held every 3 years, known as "Big Berks".
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
    A nonprofit, grant making foundation dedicated to increasing resources, expanding opportunities, and providing positive social change for women and girls.
    The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization provides a wealth of information on a variety of international issues.
  • Women's International Center
    Nonprofit education and service foundation out of San Diego, CA, that presents the Living Legacy Awards.
  • WomenWatch
    The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women. This includes information on the UN working for women, UN conferences and events, news, documents and databases, and country- and region-specific commissions, plans, biographical information, etc.