It's almost been a month since I started my internship, and I realized that I haven't even shown you where I work yet!
As you might remember, I'm interning at the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) at Loyola University Chicago. Both the reading room and archives proper of the WLA are located in Piper Hall at the Southeast corner of campus.
I commute to work on the Red Line and usually get off at the Granville stop.
I really enjoy seeing the lake on my walk to and from work--although you can't always see very much of it. I took this picture during my first week on a very foggy day.
Because rooms with large windows framing scenic views do not make good archives, I don't get to see the lake while I'm working, but sometimes when I want to be outside I eat my lunch at this park down the street!
But back to the tour. Loyola's campus is so different from IIT's. It's closer to the lake, in a completely different part of the city, has a number of different architectural styles going on, and is very proudly Catholic.
This is a side view of the Skyscraper, formerly the main Mundelein College building and, when it reopens after rennovations in the fall (I believe), it will officially be rechristened as Loyola's Mundelein Center for Performing Arts.
And directly east of the Skyscraper is Piper Hall (on a much sunnier day in June).
I'll make something up if I say a lot, but I've learned that Piper Hall was formerly a mansion (expensively restored in the past decade), and that Mundelein College classes were held in it at some point after that.
Views of two rooms on the first floor:
Admire the stained-glass window attributed to Tiffany on the landing between the first and second floors.
The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, located on the second floor of Piper, is named after Sr. Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, a beloved former President of Mundeleien College.
Even though I know very little about her, what I have already heard and read of her commitment to equal rights and women's education is inspiring.
Now, the reading room and bulk of the Mundelein College Archives are located on the third floor.
I'm told an open space like this that includes staff workstations, archives, and research space is unusual, but it's appropriate for both the building and the mission of the WLA.
Cumulatively, I've spent the majority of my time working up here. However, we're currently in the middle of a large-scale collections maintenance project that has had everybody, including me, working extensively in the archives on the lower level.
The rest of the collection, which I'm now at least superficially familiar with, resides in this environmently controlled basement.
So, there you are! I hope you enjoyed the tour. In the next post, I'll let you know a little more information about what I've been up to these past few weeks...