Remembering the WLA: Casey’s Reflections

It is so hard to believe that my two years with the Women and Leadership Archives is coming to a close. My time here has shown me that there is never a dull day at the WLA, which has given me so many incredible memories and I am happy to share a few with you now. 

Favorite Memory

One of my favorite experiences came from doing a reference request on Dr. Irene Meyer. Meyer was a professor of psychology at Mundelein College, and she worked to bring an end to the death penalty in Illinois. The reference request sparked my interest, and I did more research into Dr. Meyer which led to me writing a blog about her for the WLA. I learned that Meyer worked to educate her students on the psychological trauma the death penalty caused inmates, wardens, and guards. This was a moment when I realized there are gems sitting in the archives that may never be uncovered, but I’m glad I was able to come across this one. Sadly, Dr. Meyer is no longer with us, but you can read more about her in this previous blog post: A Visit Turned Crusade: A Struggle to End the Death Penalty

Figure 1: Sister Irene Meyer, BVM, N.D. (WLA, Mundelein College Photograph Collection)

Favorite Event

My favorite event that I’ve attended for the Women and Leadership Archives was for the WLA’s 25th Anniversary. It was such a fun event, and it was rare moment where we as archival workers get to interact with the public in a less formal capacity. It was an opportunity to showcase some of the most unexpected objects in our collection and for the new graduate assistants to explore the collections we may not see in normal day to day work. Also, I got to meet Sister Jean which was a big perk. 

Casey Terry helping a guest interact with the Mercedes McCambridge Papers. Mercedes McCambridge Papers, Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago.

I am so sad to be leaving the Women and Leadership Archives, but I am so thankful for the experiences it has given me, the lessons it has taught me, and the colleagues I have gotten to know.  

Casey is a Graduate Assistant at the WLA and is in the final year of Loyola University Chicago’s MA in Public History. He has his bachelor’s degree in History and Digital Media from Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana. Casey enjoys early modern history, comics, and knitting.

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About Women and Leadership Archives

Established in 1994, the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) collects, preserves, and makes available permanently valuable records of women and women’s organizations, which document women’s lives, roles, and contributions. The WLA grew out of the need to care for the records of Mundelein College and expanded to collect papers of women leaders and women’s organizations. Collection strengths include the subject areas of activism and women’s issues; authors; education; environmental issues; public service; social justice; women religious; and the fine, performance, and visual arts. The WLA is part of the Gannon Center and Loyola University Libraries and serves a wide variety of users, ranging from students and scholars to the general public. The WLA makes records available at the Archives in Loyola’s Piper Hall, offers remote reference services, presents programs, and provides online resources. Staff include a Director, Assistant Archivist, and graduate assistants from Loyola’s Public History Program.

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