Founder Ina Law Robertson opened the Eleanor Hotel in 1898 to provide safe, affordable housing for women coming to Chicago to work. What was later known as the Eleanor Foundation grew to include locations throughout Chicago that provided housing, social spaces, and activities for women for 104 years. The records of the Eleanor Foundation were donated to the Women and Leadership Archives in 2015. This sampling of photographs, documents, and objects from the Eleanor Foundation collection shows a small piece of this rich history. Share your favorite image and your questions in the comments below!
Check out our preliminary finding aid to learn more about the Eleanor Foundation collection.
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