By Anna Kutter, with research assistance from Caroline Giannakopoulos
Mundelein College reunions and homecomings offered alumnae the chance to revisit their college days throughout the political turbulence of the mid-to-late 20th century. Unlike many contemporary college reunion events & alumnae associations, these events didn’t focus solely on fundraising or seeing fellow alumnae. Instead, the emphasis was on the continuous provision of women’s educational opportunities, even long past students’ formal involvement with the college.
In order to celebrate the 90 year Anniversary of Mundelein
College, the WLA applied for and received the Illinois
History Digital Imaging grant. The IHDI grant is aimed at digitizing
documents of historical significance and making them accessible at the Illinois Digital Archives. I have been
lucky to be part of a team that is digitizing items from Mundelein College held
at the WLA. We’re scanning and describing thousands of publications,
photographs, and other items related to the history of Mundelein College so
that they are more accessible to the public.
Throughout the digitizing process, I’ve been fascinated by the rigor with which students published journals, newspapers, and pamphlets. Mundelein College students maintained a rich tradition of self-published literature of their sixty-year history. They collected articles and essays, cropped and captioned photos, and folded thousands of pages. The resulting, now digital, volumes demonstrate Mundelein College students’ work and the joy with which they performed it.