Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives
Website URL
temperance, US women's history, social reform, woman suffrage, transnational women's history, women's organizations, gilded age and progressive era
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Personal Info

About Me

Janet Olson was the Assistant University Archivist at Northwestern University for 22 years, from 1998 until her recent retirement (May, 2020). Meanwhile, she has been the part-time Archivist for the Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives in Evanston, IL,  since 2007. Olson is a Certified Archivist, and has held leadership roles in local, regional, and national professional organizations. She holds a Master’s Degree in History from Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on 19th-century social reform movements.


Recent Publications

On the Same Terms: The Beginnings of Coeducation at Northwestern University, exhibition catalog, Northwestern University, 2019

“Frances Willard,” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History, ed. Lynn Dumenil, 2012

Deering Library: An Illustrated History (co-author), Northwestern University Press, 2008

“Washington Gladden” and “Josiah Strong,” in the Encyclopedia of American Urban History, ed. David R. Goldfield, Sage Publications, Inc., 2006

“W.D.P. Bliss,” “Herbert Bigelow,” and “Social Gospel [major entry],” in the Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics, eds. Roy Domenico and Mark Hanley, Greenwood Press, 2006

“W.D.P. Bliss,” “B.O. Flower,” “George Herron,” “Vida Scudder,” “Charles Sheldon,” and “William T. Stead,” in the Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, eds. John Buenker and Joseph Buenker, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2005

“In His Steps: A Social Gospel Novel,” in Religions of the United States in Practice, ed. Colleen McDannell, Princeton University Press, 2002

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Public History, Women