The Sophia Fund records




Chicago History Museum


26.0 Linear feet



Biographical/Historical note

The Sophia Fund was founded in 1983 by Lucia Woods Lindley and merged after 1991 into Chicago Foundation for Women (for Chicago-area needs) and into the MS. Foundation, to address national concerns. The Sophia Fund worked under the assumption that discrimination against one segment of society was detrimental to society as a whole, and it awarded funds to organizations that helped fight discrimination against women. Sonia Fischer (Sunny Fischer) was director.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, and other operating files of The Sophia Fund, a Chicago-based foundation that supported women's organizations and projects. Collection includes grant applications, reports, brochures, newsletters, news clippings, etc. produced by and about groups that received funding. Topics include pro-choice advocacy and reproductive rights, prevention of violence against women, rape counseling, and economic justice. The files include information on the agencies and projects funded by The Sophia Fund, two-thirds of which were located in Chicago.

Custodial History note

Gift of Lucia Woods Lindley (1991.0526).

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 October 6 by Andrew Steadham.