League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1920-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
League of Women Voters of Seattle
Title
League of Women Voters of Seattle records
Dates
1920-1993 (inclusive)
Quantity
circa 15.91 cubic feet
Collection Number
1004
Summary
Correspondence, reports, ephemera, newsletters, meeting minutes, publications, and other records of the League of Women Voters of Seattle, which works to encourage understanding of and participation in government and public policy issues
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Some material stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle. The original intent of the organization -- to serve for five years as a resource center for newly franchised women, and then disband -- was expanded to "promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government" by means of a permanent volunteer organization.

The League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. The League is an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It is also a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.

The League is still nonpartisan today, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

The mission statement of the Seattle chapter reads: "The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy."

Source: http://lwv.org/history http://www.seattlelwv.org/about

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, committee files, reports, ephemera, newsletters, meeting minutes, financial records, publications, and other records of the League of Women Voters of Seattle.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 1004-001: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1920-1978 (bulk 1949-1978)Return to Top

7.00 cubic feet (7 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, committee and subject files, reports, ephemera.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by LWV, 10/10/1968.

Accession No. 1004-008: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1962-1974Return to Top

1.00 cubic foot

Scope and Content: Correspondence, reports, newsletters.

Bulk of material relates to environmental quality study, 1969-1972. Some State and Puget Sound League material.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by LWV, 6/20/1980.

Accession No. 1004-009: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1966-1979Return to Top

2.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Minutes of annual meetings, 1970-1974; minutes of Board, 1969-1976; correspondence, reports, other related files, 1966-1979.

Although typewritten minutes of annual meetings are present, there are also tape recordings of the annual meetings which League of Women Voters saved as a verbatim record.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by LWV, 8/11/1983.

Accession No. 1004-010: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1978-1983Return to Top

.28 cubic foot

Scope and Content: Newsletter, ephemera.

Newsletter "Seattle Voter" and general mailings. Scattered issues are missing from run of the newsletter.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Received 3/15/1984.

Accession No. 1004-011: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1966-1983Return to Top

2.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, financial records, newsletters, project plans, study projects, action projects, other related files.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by LWV, 2/11/1985.

Accession No. 1004-012: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1969-1981Return to Top

.67 cubic foot

Scope and Content: Correspondence, mailings, tape-recorded annual meetings, ballot issues, candidate questionnaires, ephemera.

Bulk of the accession concerns the League's Voters Service.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by LWV, 6/1/1985.

Accession No. 1004-013: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1975-1984Return to Top

1.33 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, reports, conferences and conventions, other record series.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by LWV, 4/5/1989.

Accession No. 1004-014: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1984-1993Return to Top

1 box

Scope and Content: Newsletter "Seattle Voter.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Incoming ephemera holding files, 5/11/1993.

Accession No. 1004-015: League of Women Voters of Seattle records, 1929-1987Return to Top

0.63 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: Materials from the League of Women Voters, primarily from Seattle but also some materials from the Puget Sound and National organizations. Contains publications, programs, meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, club and voting resources, studies and surveys, information on city proposals and voting issues, "Facts and Issues" newsletters, pamphlets, and newspapers and clippings.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: League of Women Voters

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 1004-015
Publications
1957-1969
1/2 1004-015
Publications
1970-1987
1/3 1004-015
Programs and Meeting Agendas
1969-1974
1/4 1004-015
Club Business - Minutes, Correspondence, Resources
1967-1976
1/5 1004-015
Studies and Surveys
1957-1982
1/6 1004-015
Information on City Proposals, Ordinances, and Referendums
1958-1972
1/7 1004-015
"Facts and Issues" Newsletter
1964-1978
1/8 1004-015
Newspapers and Clippings
1960-1978
1/9 1004-015
National League of Women Voters Pamphlets and Publications
1929-1935

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • City planning--Washington (State)
  • Discrimination in education--Washington (State)
  • Discrimination in employment--Washington (State)
  • Discrimination in housing--Washington (State)
  • Environmental protection--Washington (State)
  • Finance, Public--Washington (State)
  • School management and organization--Washington (State)
  • Urban renewal--Washington (State)
  • Voting--Societies, etc
  • Voting--Washington (State)
  • Women--Political activity--Anniversaries, etc
  • Women--Political activity--Societies, etc
  • Women--Political activity--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Edwards, Myrtle
  • Corporate Names :
  • League of Women Voters of Seattle--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Washington (State)--Appropriations and expenditures
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government--1889-1950
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government--1951-
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Newsletters
  • Questionnaires
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Seattle Voter

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)