The Women and Leadership Archives digital collections showcase a range of artifacts and documents from the WLA's collections. They give researchers an idea of what our collections entail and only include a fraction of the information and documents available within the collections. The images and documents in these digital collections may not be downloaded, reproduced, or published without the express permission of the the WLA Director.
Explore the featured objects in the digital collections below. To view all the digitized material in a collection and to search within that collection, click the Browse All button on the top banner. You can also view digitized materials from the Mundelein College Collection here.
|Feminism in Chicago: The Connie Kiosse Papers focuses on the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1970s through highlighting documents from the Connie Kiosse Papers. Kiosse was an active member within Chicago’s Women’s Liberation movement throughout the 1970s and was among the founding members of The Feminist Voice, one of Chicago’s first feminist newspapers.|
|Immaculata High School Immaculata High School, also known as “The Immaculata,” was a Catholic, all-girls school located in Uptown on Chicago’s northeast side. The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) conducted the school from its opening in 1921 to its closing day sixty years later.|
|Mercedes McCambridge: Actress & Activist Mercedes McCambridge pursued careers in radio, theater and film and in 1945 won an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Sadie Burke in the feature film All the Kings Men. From 1969 until her death in 2004 she was a leading force in the international fight against alcoholism.|
|Peggy Roach: Civil Rights Pioneer explores Peggy's early life, her leadership in high school and college, her accomplishments as a front line civil rights activist in the 1960s, her continuing work for civil rights and social justice for the disadvantaged and poor, her commitment to justice through religious inspiration, and her many awards.|
|Virginia Gaertner Broderick is one of the most well-known and influential religious artists of the 20th Century. The Virginia Broderick Exhibit highlights her artistic talents and her influence within the Christian community.|
|Visions: A Highlight of Chicago Women Artists provides a sampling of several women artists’ collections that provide an overview of ten artist’s careers through artwork, exhibition catalogs, press coverage, correspondence, photographs, resumes, artists’ statements and other unique documents.|
|Women and Social Justice focuses on the contributions of women through a variety of social justice activities in the 20th and 21st Centuries in the United States including women’s rights, civil rights, peace movements, workers’ rights, homelessness, poverty, business ethics, and healthcare reform.|
|Women in Science focuses on the contributions women have made to the field of science over the past 100 years, highlighting several key collections in the Women and Leadership Archives, including the Alice Bourke Hayes, PhD Papers, the Katherine DeLage Taft Papers, the Mundelein College Archives, and the Visiting Nurse Association North Records.|