Search using this query type:

Advanced Search (Items only)

Browse Exhibits (15 total)

Practical Work: Chicago Woman’s Club Reformers, Criminal Women, and Delinquent Children, 1876-1920

1871 Chicago Fire

As a powerful organization of women committed to reform, education, and philanthropy, the Chicago Woman’s Club (CWC) played a critical role in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Chicago.  The pages below explore how the Club emerged during a period of high hope and intense anxiety in Chicago.  They then investigate the women of the CWC and how they went about the “practical work” of reform.  In particular, this exhibit explores how and why clubwomen worked with criminal women and delinquent children.  Ultimately, “Practical Work” considers the ways in which clubwomen shaped ideas about crime and proper womanhood at the turn of the twentieth century. 

“Practical Work” draws heavily from the collection of CWC annual announcements and images at the Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University Chicago, in addition to utilizing Club minutes housed at the Chicago History Museum. 

, , , , , , ,

Edifying and Curious Letters

Jesuit Accounts of the Americas, 1565-1896

This exhibit is based on a physical exhibit originally created in 1992 as part of the international symposium "Agents of Change: The Jesuits and Encounters of Two Worlds," held at Loyola University Chicago, October 8-10, 1992. The physical exhibit was arranged according to the major themes of that symposium: Jesuits as Explorers and Geographers in the Americas; Jesuits as Educators in the Colonial Americas; Jesuits as Missionaries in the Colonial Americas; and Jesuit Chroniclers and Historians as Informants to Europe about the Americas.

The items in this exhibit are drawn from the Edward A. Cudahy Collection of Jesuitica in the Rare Book collection at Loyola University Chicago. This collection, which consists mainly of works by or about Jesuits published before 1830, represents a cross-section of Jesuit intellectual activity in religion, philosophy, literature, science, and the arts. Strengths within the collection include mission history, Jesuit drama and poetry of the Baroque era, works by Jesuit scientists, and anti-Jesuit literature.

Where known, references are given to citations in Augustin de Backer's Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus (Nourv. Ed. Par Carlos Sommervogel; Bruxelles, 1890-[1932]).

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hidden Loyola

Exhibit based on the famous yearly tour of hidden architectural treasures at the Lake Shore Campus given by Michael Grace, S.J., the images in this exhibit highlight the great architecture of Loyola and how the campus has been transformed over the years.


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Loyola Traditions


As with any institution over time, the spirit of a place - its buildings, people, and community - moves traditions to unfold. A simple action evolves into a rite of passage or an annual event; a particular spot becomes a gathering place for friends long after their student days are past. Loyola's traditions have been shaped by thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who have passed through its doors since 1870 and reflect our unique Jesuit character. On these pages we invite you to learn more about the history, traditions, and customs that are Loyola University Chicago.

If you would like to suggest a tradition or custom that you remember from your time at Loyola, please contact Kathy Young, University Archivist, at or Nicole LeDuc Meehan, Director of the Alumni Association, at, 312-915-7660.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Loyola Timeline 1870 - 2015


This timeline of Loyola University of Chicago history is based upon "Loyola University of Chicago: The First 110 Years" by Robert C. Hartnett, S.J., and Richard M. Menges; "One Hundred Years of Knowledge in the Service of Man"; "Highlights of the Development of Loyola University of Chicago, 1870-1977" by Robert C. Hartnett, S.J.; "Chronology of Loyola University of Chicago"; and "Loyola at 70" and an unpublished manuscript history of Loyola University by Joseph Roubik, S.J.




, ,

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.


Raymond V. Schoder, S.J., lectured widely on many topics including Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. This exhibit highlights Schoder's lectures on Hopkins' life, travels, and poetry using both his lecture notes and photographs he took to accompany his lectures.

, , , , , , , , ,

Roman Africa


Former Classical Studies faculty member Rev. Raymond V. Schoder, S.J., spent a lifetime accumulating what would become an over 17,000 image slide collection. He is best known for his photography of ancient classical sites in Greece, Italy, and North Africa, many of which were used to illustrate his books and lectures. This exhibit focuses on his lectures on Roman North Africa. The Roman Africa section of the Schoder Slide Collection consists of 439 slides; Schoder's lectures, however, often only used 80 of those slides. This exhibit attempts to duplicate Schoder's lectures on Roman Africa through his notes using the original 80 slides and augmented by additional slides taken by him.

Note: in excerpts from Schoder's lecuter notes 'X' identifies slides that he skipped over or removed from his lectures as needed.

, , , , , , , , ,

Jesuits and the Sciences 1540-1999


A remarkable characteristic of the Society of Jesus during the period of its first founding (1540-1773) was the involvement of its members in the sciences. The reasons for this interest in scientific study can be found in the nature and mission of the order itself. Saint Ignatius Loyola considered the acquisition of knowledge and the performance of mundane labor as spiritually profitable tasks, and this fostered in the Society an action-oriented, utilitarian mentality sympathetic to scientific study. In addition the role of the Society as the "schoolmasters of Europe" meant that the pedagogically (and scientifically) useful principles of rationality, method, and efficiency were highly valued. The tight-knit organization of the Society created among its members habits of cooperation and communication, essential for the gathering and exchange of scientific information. Finally, mission work in Asia and the Americas gave the Jesuits opportunities and impetus to study and record the phenomena of these new worlds.

, ,

Activist Mundelein: Civic Engagement at a 20th Century Women's College

WLA Researcher.jpg

Red Cross (9).jpg  Photo, 1968 Sociology Major speaking out about black problems at a white college001.jpg  Student Activities Wartime Activities 1970 3.jpg

May 1970 witnessed a Mundelein College unlike any other. From students picketing down Sheridan Road to demands for better funding of Black student organizations, campus-wide debates to dorm room arguments, the antiwar and civil rights movements of the late 1960s exploded onto the Chicago campus.

Mundelein College, a Catholic all-women’s school in North Chicago, was no stranger to student activism. In the 1940s, co-eds baked pies for GI soldiers. In the 1950s, Young Republicans started campaigning. And in the 1960s, students revolutionized their curriculum to allow for more self-directed study. In many ways, civic engagement at Mundelein College mirrored the same student protest happening in universities across the United States. On the other hand, Mundeleinites expressed their social vision in ways undoubtedly shaped by their education at a women’s Catholic college.

This exhibit traces the history of student activism at Mundelein College from the 1940s through the early 1970s.  In particular, the exhibit shows the ways in which students took part in the Antiwar and Civil Rights Movements, which eventually came to a head in May 1970. This exhibit Activist Mundelein explores the history of civic engagement through a collection of audiovisual materials, most significantly the Mundelein College Oral History Project. Other sources, including newspapers and photographs, strengthen the exhibit’s main arguments. The exhibit includes four sections: Activist Mundelein, 'We started in '68,' Antiwar Mundelein and May 1970.

Mundelein College, founded in 1930 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs), affiliated with Loyola University Chicago in 1991, at which time it stood as the last all-women’s college in Illinois.  Click here for a time line of Mundelein’s history.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

G is for Gorey—C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak

Gellhorn. The Honeyed Peace06082013_0000.jpg

Didactic material to accompany G is for Gorey—C is for Chicago, prepared by Thomas Michalak, Curator.

Gorey Yearbook