To celebrate women’s history month in 2016, Special Collections Research Center has created an exhibit that showcases the trailblazing women and groups of women whose collections we have in each of our archival collecting areas.
Our University Archivist, Matt Gorzalski has highlighted the contributions of four SIU women: Katherine Dunham, Charlotte West, Dorothy Davies, and Lucy Woody with emphasis on their impact at SIU and within their professions.
Our Political Papers Archivist, Walter Ray exhibits the workings of women organizing by telling the story of several women’s political groups. These include: Carbondale Women’s clubs, The League of Women Voters, Women Politicians, and Women in Unions.
Our Manuscript Archivist, Christina Bleyer has focused on women in business and publishing, namely Caresse Crosby and Mary Hegeler Carus.
All of these women and women’s groups have given us potent examples of what it means to actualize one’s vocation often in the face of discrimination. We encourage you to tour the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors and learn from these powerful women.