Richardson Library Archives

We have been fortunate to find a permanent home for many of our research materials in the special collections and archives section of the Richardson Library at DePaul University. The staff of special collections and archives has collaborated with us in many ways, contributing to the rich opportunities DePaul students and community members have had to engage with our participatory action research. These individuals have expanded their traditional services to make these research materials accessible in the present and in the future to all who are interested in learning from them.

About Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections and Archives holds research and primary source materials which support teaching and research at DePaul. These resources include: 12,000 volumes of special collections and rare books; 3,000 feet of the archives of DePaul University as well as community organizations and personal papers; and Vincentian collections which include the archive of the Congregation of the Mission.
These collections are available for use from 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday for research use by faculty, students and the public. Classroom instruction sessions may also be arranged.


Beck Research Initiative Resources

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)

The Richardson Library at DePaul University archives materials and publications for the Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender and Community, including resources from “Voices of a Movement: Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence ” and the ICADV quarterly newsletter, For Better Times. Organizational records were deposited in 2003 as a result of a collaboration between the BRI and the ICADV.

Materials from “Voices of a Movement: Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence” are archived in Special Collections at the Richardson Library. Please click on the following link to view the ICADV overview:

Please note ICADV materials are limited to in library use only.

To access a digital version of the ICADV For Better Times newsletter, please visit the Library home page at and click on the Course Reserves drop down box. Enter Archives, select option for Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts or Kathryn DeGraff, and then click on Accept to continue through the copyright requirements. Select For Better Times from the display list of items.

Women’s Collections

For a comprehensive list of archived women’s collections at the Richardson Library, please click on the following link:

Women Writers

For a comprehensive bibliography of women writers at the Richardson Library, please click on the following link: