Women's Bar Association of Illinois Records
Scope and Content of the Collection
Records include board minutes and reports, correspondence, financial materials, event planning materials, photographs, publications, and artifacts.
- Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000
- Women's Bar Association of Illinois (Organization)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.
History of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois
The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, one of the oldest and largest bar associations in the state of Illinois, was first established in 1914 by nine women lawyers practicing in the Chicago Metropolitan area. It was founded to promote the interests and welfare of women lawyers and also to aid in the enactment of legislation for the common good and in the administration of justice. Its activities have always been divided between burning contemporary social and political issues and the practical need to help its members gain employment. The WBAI was one of the first minority bar associations to extend its membership to males.
12 Linear Feet (9 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) records include artifacts and materials related to presidents Mary Reardon Hooten (also known as Mary Heftel Hooten), Irene V. McCormick, Mary E. Pappas, and Mary M. Bartelme. Also included are board minutes and reports, correspondence, financial materials, event planning materials, photographs, and publications.
Arranged by type of material.
Collection Stack Location
1 38 3
Gift, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, 2013.
Samantha Smith, 2015.
- Inventory of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois Records, 1908-2014, bulk 1980-2000
- Women's Bar Association of Illinois
- Language of description
- Script of description