Thursday, November 7, 2013

Helen Shiller Papers Project

Helen Shiller is the former alderman for Chicago’s 46th ward. She served in the City Council from 1987 to 2011. She is known for her advocacy for diverse, inclusive, affordable housing, helping to craft Chicago’s response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, and her work on the city budgets. Shiller worked with Walter “Slim” Coleman, one of Chicago’s controversial political organizers, and helped organize the Intercommunal Survival Committee, which worked with the Black Panther Party. She has also been president and CEO of Justice Graphics, which published the All-Chicago City News bi-weekly newspaper.
Under the supervision of the Loyola University Archivist, the intern(s) will digitize, arrange, and describe Helen Shiller’s papers, approximately 100 linear feet of photographs, documents, newspapers, etc. The end result of this project will be a digital collection of her papers for Ms. Shiller and the organization of the physical collection for transfer to Loyola’s Archives & Special Collections.  Funding for interns is to be determined.

Those interested in applying for the internship should contact University Archivist Kathy Young (

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