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League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County records, 1930-2013

Overview of the Collection

Creator
League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County.
Title
League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County records
Dates
1930-2013 (inclusive)
1960s-1990s (bulk)
Quantity
16.5 linear feet.
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0155lwv (collection)
Summary
The collection includes the records of the Bellingham chapter of the League of Women Voters. Records concern membership, activities, elections, and publications by both the local and national offices.
Repository
Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
808 25th St.
Bellingham, WA
98225
Telephone: 360-650-7534
cpnws@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the Washington State Legislature to the Washington Women's History Consortium. Funding for encoding the finding aid was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The League of Women Voters formed in 1920, the same year that women’s suffrage became incorporated into the United States Constitution. The Bellingham/Whatcom County Chapter incorporated in 1956.

The founding of the League was in direct response to the women’s suffrage movement of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. The League sponsors national, state and local chapters. Because Washington State enjoyed full suffrage since the year 1910, it claims one of the oldest state chapters in the United States.

The League originally focused on the rights and status of women, and then broadened to include all political, economic, social, and environmental issues relevant to women in the United States. The ongoing mission of the League is to “promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.”* The League is religiously unbiased and nonpartisan, seeking to liberate women from inequality through educational programs and political lobbying.

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County focuses primarily on educating voters through information on voter registration, where and when to vote, what the issues are and who the candidates are. The League also focuses on a number of social, political, economic and environmental issues, and lobbies actively at local, state, and national levels.

The local League frequently sponsors candidate debates which have often been televised and/or aired on the radio. The League also sponsors nonpartisan speaker panels that give pro and con viewpoints on important issues and legislation. The local League also distributes a yearly publication titled They Represent You, which provides the names and contact information for elected officials.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County records span the dates 1930-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. The collection is comprised of administrative materials, financial materials, and materials related to League activities, issues, and advocacy. The collection also includes League publications and reference materials, awards and publications, and audio/visual materials.

Administrative materials date from 1946-2012 and consist of articles of incorporation, bylaws, and historical information about the League. The series also contains meeting minutes that document the activities and interests of the local chapter over the past four decades. The materials include information about annual meetings and conventions, and guidelines and handbooks for the League’s board of directors. There is information about recruiting and retaining members, and tools for planning and implementing the League’s programs. There are also records from the League’s finance, nominating, and telephone committees.

Financial records span the dates 1959-1998 and include information and tools for fundraising, income and expense records, budget reports, bank statements, check registers and treasurer’s materials.

Materials related to the issues and activities of importance to the League date from 1930-2013 and contain both reference materials and records of League activity. The League’s primary areas of interest included campaigns and elections, especially voter support and education, and campaign finance reform. The League was also very active on issues related to the environment such as shoreline management, solid waste disposal and recycling, and water quality issues. The League often focused on economic issues and taxation, and closely monitored both the juvenile and adult justice system. They also collected a lot of information regarding voter services, support, and education.

League publications and reference materials date from 1959-2012. The materials come from local, state, and national branches of the League of Women Voters. The bulk of the series is made up of issues of the Corner 4 Voter, the official newsletter of the Bellingham/Whatcom County League. There are also various issues of the Voter from other regions within Washington, as well as the national branch. The series also contains informational and educational publications issued by the national branch.

Awards and publications about the League span the dates 1965-1993 include materials related to League recognition, and newspaper articles highlighting League activities.

Audio/visual materials date from 1970-1997 and consist of audiocassettes, reel-to-reels, slides and VHS tapes, produced by or in conjunction with the League. The materials relate primarily to local campaigns and candidate debates, although some of the materials are educational in content, documenting issues of concern to the League.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I:  Administrative Materials, 1946-2012Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Articles of incorporation and bylaws
1946-1992 ; 2007
1/2
Informational and historical materials
1960-1980
Annual meetings and conventions
Box/Folder
1/3-1/5
Annual meetings
1970-1993; 1998-2012
1/6
75th Anniversary
1995
1/7
90th Anniversary and 21st Century Suffragist Awards
2010
1/8
National Convention
1981
1/9-1/10
State Conventions
1971; 1991
1/11
State Council
2010
Board of Directors
Box/Folder
2/1-2/2
General reference materials
circa 1968-1997
2/3
Annual reports
1971-1990
2/4-2/8
Meetings and minutes
1963-1979
3/1-3/8
Meetings and minutes
1980-2006
4/1-4/5
Meetings and minutes
2006-2011
4/6
Policies
2004
4/7
“In League” - guidelines for League Boards
1980; 1989
4/8
Recommendations to State and National Boards
1974
4/9
Training Workshop
1986
Committees
Box/Folder
5/1
Finance
1986-1990
5/2
Nominating
circa 1986-1992
5/3
Telephone
1985-1986
5/4
Voter Services
2010-2012
Correspondence
Box/Folder
5/5
General
circa 1990-1997
5/6
State Chapter
circa 1990-1993
5/7
National Chapter
circa 1990-1994
Box/Folder
5/8
League forms (blank)
undated
5/9-5/12
Logbooks
1981-1989
6/1-6/3
Logbooks
1986-1995
Membership
Box/Folder
6/4
General information
circa 1970s-2013
6/5
Dues
1994 July–1995 April
6/6
Handbooks
circa 1973-2011
6/7
Job preference lists
circa 1992
6/8
Maintenance lists
1992-1993
6/9-6/10
Membership cards
circa 1974-1995
6/11
Membership lists
1949-1999
6/12
Tools
circa 1976-1992
Programming
Box/Folder
7/1
General reference materials
circa 1956-1990
7/2
Guidelines and tools for action
circa 1970-1990
7/3
Local planning
1968
7/4
National planning
1968-1986
7/5
State planning
1981; 1993
Public relations
Box/Folder
7/6
Public access to meetings
1985-1986
7/7
Public relations tools
circa 1962-1988
Box/Folder
7/8
Secretary's Portfolio
2010
7/9
Speakers’ Bureau
1964-1977
7/10
Stationary (blank)
circa 1992
7/11
Unit discussions
1968-1971

Series II:  Financial records, 1961-1998Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Bank account and budget statements
Box/Folder
7/12-7/14
Statements
1982-1988; 1991-1992
8/1-8/3
Statements
1992-1997
Box/Folder
8/4
Budget planning materials
1961-1986
8/5-8/9
Check registers
1984-1996
Education Fund
Box/Folder
8/10
General reference materials
circa 1970-1990
8/11
Planned Giving (Legacies)
1982-1988
8/12-8/14
Portfolios
1997-1998
Fundraising
Box/Folder
9/1
Allied Arts Festival yearly fundraiser
1990-1993
9/2-9/7
Contributor cards
circa 1965-1995
9/8
Finance drives
1963-1980
10/1-10/3
Finance drives
circa 1980-1996
10/4
Finance tools
circa 1964-1981
10/5
Fundraising ideas
1989-1992
10/6
“In League” sample letters
1959-1981
Box/Folder
10/7-10/10
Expenses
1986-1987; 1993-1996
11/1-11/3
Income
1986-1987; 1992-1995
11/4
Invoice book
1980
11/5-11/8
Reports
1979-1982
Treasurer’s Files
Box/Folder
11/9
IRS records and information
circa 1967-1992
11/10
“Ledger-de-Main” for local League treasurers
1974
Box/Folder
11/11
Violet E. Rudd estate
1986-1996

Series III:  Issues and activities, 1930-2013Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Agriculture
Box/Folder
11/12
General reference materials
circa 1984
11/13
Agriculture study
1988
11/14
Composting and soil enhancers
1990-1993
Campaigns and elections
Box/Folder
12/1
Campaign financing
circa 1980
12/2
Campaign financing – state study
1983-1985
12/3
Campaign finance reform
circa 1997
12/4
Election reporting for KOMO
1981
12/5
Fair campaign practices
1976-1988
12/6
Initiative 99 – Presidential primary
1988
12/7
Initiative 582 – campaign reform
1992
12/8
Presidential debates
1976-1992
12/9
Redistricting and reappointment in Washington
1978-1980
12/10
TCI cable presentation of candidates
1992; 1996
12/11
Voters pamphlet
1999
12/12
Voter registration information
undated
12/13
Whatcom County election guidelines
1992
12/14
Whatcom County Judicial Campaign
1991-1992
Coal
Box/Folder
12/15
Gateway Pacific Terminal, Cherry Point, WA
2011-2013
Child welfare
Box/Folder
12/16
General reference materials
circa 1983-1993
12/17
Childcare
circa 1989-1992
12/18
Child support and custody – state study
1993
12/19
Family Initiative – Washington State Dept. DSHS
1991
12/20
“Kids Count” – data book
1991
Conservation
Box/Folder
13/1
“Preserving a Way of Life: A Natural Heritage Plan for Whatcom County”
1991
13/2
Whatcom County Conservation District Annual Plan & Report
1992-1994
Economy
Box/Folder
13/3
General reference materials
1989-1999
13/4
Economic conversion – military to civilian
circa 1986-1988
13/5
Economic conversion
1989-1991
13/6
Economic diversification
1990 November
13/7
Economic policy – presentation at WWU
1992
13/8
“The New International Economic Order: A Promise or Peril for the Indigenous Peoples of the World”
1979 March 29-31
Education and schools
Box/Folder
13/9-13/11
General reference materials
1968-1997
13/12
Bellingham Public Schools – Finance Program Survey
1969
13/13
Early Education - study
2008
14/1-14/2
Federal role in education - studies
2001; 2011
14/3
Washington Schools - state study
1982
Energy
Box/Folder
14/4
"Nuclear Power: Blessing or Blunder?" - study
1977-1978
14/5
Study
1980-1981
14/6
Washington State Transmission Project – draft Environmental Impact Statement
1993 November
Environment
Box/Folder
14/7
General reference materials
circa 1968-1977
14/8
Guidelines for Implementation of the State Environmental Policy Act of 1971
circa 1971
14/9
Oil in Washington waters - conference
1977 April
14/10
Pollution control
1966-1967
Foreign policy
Box/Folder
14/11
General reference materials
1967-1989
15/1
International relations – trade
circa 1959-1968
15/2
International relations – United Nations
1963-1976
15/3
United States foreign policy
1966-1977
Government - City of Bellingham
Box/Folder
15/4-15/6
General reference materials
circa 1970s-1982
15/7-15/8
Bellingham City Charter
1930; 1963-1972
15/9
Citizen Participation in Government
2002-2003
15/10
“Know Your Town”
1961
Government - Whatcom County
Box/Folder
15/11-15/13
Home Rule Charter
circa 1967-1978
16/1-16/3
Home Rule Charter
circa 1985-1986
16/4
"Know Your County"
circa 1959-1992
16/5
Newspaper clippings
1979
Government - Washington State
Box/Folder
16/6-16/7
General reference materials
circa 1960s
16/8-16/9
Alternatives for Washington - survey materials
1975-1976
17/1
Alternatives for Washington - Cost/Trade-off Survey Findings
1976 October/November
17/2
Alternatives for Washington - Area-wide Conference Policy Goals Summary by Geographical Area
1974 September
17/3
Alternatives for Washington - Questionnaire Results from the Community Public Discussion Program
1976 September/October
17/4
Alternatives for Washington - Meeting Results from the Community Public Discussion Program
1976 September/October
17/5
Congressional interview – Congressman Al Swift
1989-1993
17/6
Constitution and Constitutional Reform
circa 1965-1970
17/7
Exercise in State Budget Choices
1995 January 25
18/1
Fiscal Issues
circa 1970s
18/2
Legislature
circa 1970s
18/3
Legislative newsletters
1995 April
18/4
Public Disclosure Law
1974-1975; 1986
18/5
“The State We’re In: Washington – A Citizen’s Guide to Washington State Government”
1990
18/6
“The State We’re In: Washington - A Teacher’s Guide to Washington State Government”
1990
18/7
“The State We’re In: Your Guide to state, tribal & local government”
2008
18/8
Washington State Unicameral Government
circa 1970s
Government - National
Box/Folder
19/1
General reference materials
circa 1961-1980
19/2
Budget process
1974-1983
19/3
Executive Branch – national study
1974-1975
19/4
National Security Study
1983-1984
19/5
“Women in Congress, 1917-1990”
1991
Growth management and planning
Box/Folder
19/6
General reference materials
1957-1962
19/7
Bellingham Comprehensive Plan – recommendations of the Bellingham Planning Commission
1994
19/8
City Planning bus tour
1936 April 24
19/9
Critical Areas Taking
1992
19/10
Growth Management Act
1996-1997
19/11
Growth management strategy
1990-1991
19/12
“Visions for Bellingham”
circa 1992
Human resources
Box/Folder
19/13-19/14
General reference materials
1979-1985
20/1
Cities/Urban Crisis
circa 1968-1988
20/2
Health care
1990-1992
20/3
Housing Authority reports
1970-1973
20/4
Hunger
1990
20/5
Local position
1988
20/6
Long-term Care Report and Recommendations
1991 January
20/7
Welfare Reform
circa 1970s
20/8
Women and work
1972-1983
Justice system
Box/Folder
20/9
General reference materials
circa 1980s
20/10-20/11
Administration of Justice
1968-1976; 1980-1986
21/1
Administration of Justice Committee report
1985 April
21/2
Adult Correctional Systems state study
1979-1982
21/3
Diverse Judiciary project materials
2011-2012
21/4
Evaluation of juvenile justice system Whatcom County
1987
21/5
Juvenile justice
circa 1970s
20/6
Symposium on Justice
1977
Native Americans
Box/Folder
21/7
General reference materials
circa 1970s
21/8
Lummi Nation response to testimony of Marlene Dawson before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
1996 September 24
21/9
Treaties and rights
circa 1970-1980
Natural resources
Box/Folder
21/10-21/11
General reference materials
1967-1974
22/1-22/3
General reference materials
1968-1992
22/4
Land use positions and study material
circa 1972-1980
22/5
Natural Resources Planning Council correspondence
1970
22/6
Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan
1970
22/7
Whatcom County Land Use Code Committee
1974-1975
Nuclear waste
Box/Folder
22/8-22/9
General reference materials
circa 1980-1991
Outdoor recreation
Box/Folder
23/1
Whatcom County outdoor organizations reference material
circa 1965-1993
Ports
Box/Folder
23/2
General reference materials
circa 1970s-1990s
23/3
Spokane County Port - District Primer
1982
23/4-23/6
Studies
circa 1970s-1990s
Poverty
Box/Folder
23/7
General reference materials
circa 1980-1991
23/8
“Meeting Basic Human Needs” – study
1987-1988
23/9
“Unmet Needs – the Growing Crisis in America”
1988
Shoreline management
Box/Folder
23/10
General reference materials
1971; 1978
24/1
Cherry Point shoreline development battle
1975 December
24/2
"The Public Trust Doctrine and Coastal Management Zone"
1991
24/3
Shoreline Management Act
1971
24/4
“Shoreline Management Symposium”
1971
24/5-24/8
Whatcom County Shoreline Management Program
1975-1978
25/1
Whatcom County Shoreline Management Program
1986
Solid waste and recycling
Box/Folder
25/2-25/5
General reference materials
1973-1990
25/6
Comprehensive Sewer and Water Plan
circa 1966-1969
25/7
Hazardous waste
circa 1982-1986
25/8
Recycling Workshop
1973
25/9
Solid waste management
1973
26/1-26/2
Solid Waste Management Plans
1990-1991
26/3
“Toxics in the Home”
1991
26/4
Waste reduction study
1988
Taxation
Box/Folder
26/5-26/9
General reference materials
circa 1966-1990
26/10
Civic Engagement Project
2009
27/1
Civil Discussion Workshop
2010
27/2
"Civility in our Democracy"
2011
27/3
Report of the Tax Advisory Council
1983 February
27/4
Washington State Tax Reference Manuap
1991 January
Transportation
Box/Folder
27/5
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act handbook
1991
Voting
Box/Folder
27/6-27/7
General reference materials
circa 1980s-1990s
27/8
“A Citizen’s Guide to Community Education on Global Issues”
1988
27/9
“Choose the President”
1984
27/10
Election laws and reform
circa 1968-1969
27/11
Electoral College vs. Popular Vote - public forum
2009
27/12
“Making a Difference” – a voter’s service/citizen information handbook
1978
27/13
“Promoting Voting” – a citizen’s guide to the media
1988 June
27/14
State initiatives – reference materials
circa 1988
27/15
Voter forums
2012
27/16
Voter Registration Manual
2011
27/17
Voting equipment
circa 2004-2010
27/18
Voting Patterns in Whatcom County - study
2003
27/19
Voting Rights Act
circa 1965-1981
Water
Box/Folder
28/1-28/7
General reference materials
1965-1993
29/1
Newspaper clippings
1978
29/2
Amendment to the Water Quality Act
1972
29/3
Bellingham Bay Action Plan
1991
29/4
Columbia River Task Force – Hanford Reservation cleanup
1987-1988
29/5
Johnson Creek watershed project
1981
29/6
Nooksack Instream Resources Protection Program
1985
29/7
“Puget Sound and adjacent waters – Comprehensive Water and Related Land Resources Study”
1970
29/8
Puget Sound Water Quality Management Program
1987
29/9
“Regulation relating to Water Quality Standards for Interstate and Coastal Waters of the State of Washington and a Plan for Implementation and Enforcement of Such Standards” – Water Pollution Control Commission
1967 December 4
29/10
Water quality studies
1987; 1990
29/11
“Water Resources Development” – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1979
29/12
“Water resources of the Nooksack Basin and certain adjacent streams,” – Washington State Department of Conservation
1960
30/1
“Washington’s Water Resources” – recommendations to the Legislature
1977 January
Women’s advocacy
Box/Folder
30/2
General reference materials
circa 1970s
30/3
Coalition for Women
1989-1990
30/4
Equal Rights Amendment
1977-1988
30/5
“Peace Links: Women Against Nuclear War”
undated
30/6
Reproductive choice
1982-1989

Series IV:  League Publications and Reference Materials, 1959-2012Return to Top

This series contains publications from various chapters of the League of Women Voters. The Corner 4 Voter is the official newsletter of the Bellingham-Whatcom County chapter and comprises the bulk of this series.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
30/7
“A Report to the Nation on the Activities of the League of Women Voters”
circa 1970
Corner 4 Voter
Box/Folder
30/8-30/12
Corner 4 Voter
1959-1977
31/1-31/7
Corner 4 Voter
1978-2000
31/8-31/9
The Voter (previously Corner 4 Voter)
2001-2012
Box/Folder
31/10
State Voter
1964; 1984-1987
32/1
National Voter
1979-1987
32/2-32/5
Non-Whatcom County Voters
circa 1980s-1990s
32/6
"Membership Matters"
1963-1964
32/7
Pamphlets, etc.
circa 1960-1994
32/8
Publications catalog and order forms
circa 1985-1992
They Represent You (TRY)
Box/Folder
32/9
General information
circa 1983-1994
33/1
Pamphlets
1969-1996; 2002-2013
Box/Folder
33/2-33/5
Voters’ services
1971-1992

Series V:  Awards and Publicity, 1965-1993Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
33/6
Awards and certificates
1980s
33/7-33/8
Newspaper clippings
circa 1965-1993
33/9
Publicity information
circa 1985-1992

Series VI:  A/V and Mixed Media, 1970-1997Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Audiocassettes
Box/Folder
33/10
Local radio commercials
1997
33/11
National Security - Dr. Karlstrom
1983 March 16
34/1
"National Security – Not for Experts Only!”
undated
34/2
“What’s in US for You?”
undated
Reel-to-reels
Box/Folder
34/3
Unidentified
1970 January 28
34/4
“Vote to Promote,” LWV PSA’s
1979
Slides
Box/Folder
34/5
Land Use slides and narrative
circa 1980
34/6
Unidentified
circa 1970s
VHS tapes
Box/Folder
35/1
Decision making
1990 October 13
35/2
Federal Budget Deficit
1985 October
35/3
Hanford Site Char. SC. 36, Office of Nuclear Waste Management
undated
35/4
KCTS 9: State Budget 101
undated
36/1-36/2
“Meet the Candidates – Volume 1”
1994 October
36/3-36/4
“Meet the Candidates – Volume 2”
1994 October
36/5
Correspondence re. “Meet the Candidates"
1994
37/1
“Membership Development: Flexible Strategies”
1992
37/2
Representative Bill Gorman, Energy Corridor Expansion
circa 1980s
37/3
“Staging League Debates: Format Options, Moderating Techniques, and Set Designs”
1987 March 1
37/4
“Tools for Drinking Water Protection”
undated