League of Women Voters of Walla Walla County Records, 1949-1988  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
League of Women Voters of Walla Walla County (Walla Walla, Wash.)
Title
League of Women Voters of Walla Walla County Records
Dates
1949-1988 (inclusive)
Quantity
8.9 linear feet, (14 boxes), (2 oversize boxes)
Collection Number
HTM_WCMss26
Summary
Administrative records, publications, and scrapbooks of the League of Women Voters of Walla Walla County, a non-partisan organization dedicated to the political education of American citizens
Repository
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
99362
Telephone: 509-527-5922
Fax: 509-526-4785
archives@whitman.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The League of Women Voters, a national organization committed to the political education of all American citizens, was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt. The League is a non-partisan group that strives to assist voters in making informed decisions at the polls. A grassroots organization, the League works at the national, state, and local level.

The League of Women Voters of Walla Walla County appears to have been founded as a provisional league in 1949. The Walla Walla League achieved full League membership status in 1953. Its first president was Mrs. W. A. Story. The governance structure of the League included a President, Secretary, Treasurer, and First and Second Vice Presidents. The League’s board of directors was not a policy making board. Rather, members set priorities and made decisions, and the board carried them out. Membership was originally open to women only; between the 1970s and early 1980s, membership was opened to men.

The League was very active in local and state government. It hosted candidate forums, held information sessions on ballot initiatives, conducted studies of schools and government at the city and county level, and campaigned for state legislative redistricting. The League also wrote reports on a number of local issues, created educational brochures for the citizens of Walla Walla, and participated in local debates on issues ranging from water use to juvenile protection. Local issues of particular importance include the campaign to institute a council-manager form of government in the city of Walla Walla and the effort to move the Walla Walla fire station.

In the 1980s, the Walla Walla League of Women Voters experienced difficulties in recruiting members with the time and willingness to serve the organization. While membership remained relatively strong, active membership declined precipitously. It appears that the organization ceased to exist in 1988.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection documents both the history of the League of Women Voters as an organization and the political history of the city and county of Walla Walla. It therefore provides a wealth of information about both women’s political activity in the Walla Walla Valley and important political and social issues for the citizens of the City and County of Walla Walla. The Scrapbook and Minutes series contain the most information about the League itself, while the Publications and Miscellaneous have more content relating to political life in the Walla Walla Valley.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not transferred to Whitman College.

Preferred Citation

League of Women Voters of Walla Walla County Records, Whitman College and Northwest Archives.

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 1:  Scrapbooks, 1952-1978Return to Top

4 linear feet, (2 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)

Primarily consist of newspaper clippings concerning League news and state, regional, and local political news. Topics covered include water resources, urban development, child care, education, population growth, juvenile protection, city and county government financing, and state and local elections.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Scrapbooks
1952-1964
2
Scrapbooks
1965-1970
3
Scrapbooks
1970-1975
4
Scrapbooks
1975-1978

Series 2:  Minutes, 1949-1988Return to Top

0.8 linear feet, (2 boxes)

This series contains minutes of several types of meetings. The minutes of Board Meetings contain information on activities of the organization, such as updates on projects, committee reports, and summaries of correspondence received by the board. Files also include meeting agendas, membership lists, and treasurer’s reports. Annual Meeting minutes document the annual expenditures of the Walla Walla League and the election of League leaders. These files also include meeting agendas and reports (Researchers should note that the 1953 annual meeting minutes are filed with the board minutes). The minutes of the Morning Unit Group seems to document the activities of leading members of the Walla Walla Provisional League of Women Voters.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/1-7
Board Meeting Minutes
1949-1969
6/1-3
Board Meeting Minutes
1970-1988
6/4-5
Annual Meeting Minutes
1956-1986
6/6
Unit Meeting Minutes
1952-1953
6/7
State Board Minutes and Agenda
1986-1987

Series 3:  Publications, 1952-1988Return to Top

1.2 linear feet, (3 boxes)

The majority of this series consists of the Walla Walla League of Women Voters newsletter (1953-1988). Its name changed many times over its run: from Bulletin to Walla Walla Voter to Voter to Bulletin to Walla Walla Voter again. White papers, reports, pamphlets, and other Walla Walla League publications may be found in this series as well. The series is rounded out by an assorted collection of Washington State and National League of Women Voters reports and publications, as well as a selection of white papers, reports, and ephemera pertaining to Walla Walla and the state of Washington.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/1
Bulletin
1953-1957
7/2-3
Walla Walla Voter
1957-1966
7/4
Voter
1966-1968
7/5
Bulletin
1969-1972
7/6-7
Walla Walla Voter
1972-1977
8/1-2
Walla Walla Voter
1978-1988
8/3
Miscellaneous Walla Walla LWV Publications
1952-1977
13/1
Washington LWV Legislative Newsletter
1986-1987
13/2
Washington State Voter
1953-1959; 1979-1987
13/3
Washington LWV Facts and Issues
1968-1976
8/4-5
Miscellaneous Washington LWV Publications
1950-1987
9/1
National Voter
1952-1967
9/2, 13/4
Miscellaneous National LWV Publications
1946-1987
9/3-4
Miscellaneous Walla Walla Publications
1952-1982
9/5
Miscellaneous Washington State Publications
1946-1960

Series 4:  Miscellaneous, 1950-1987Return to Top

2.8 linear feet, (7 boxes)

This series includes: clippings, State and National Annual Reports, financial information, membership information, a subject file on Council-Manager city governance in Walla Walla (includes an oral history interview with transcript), Congressional correspondence primarily between the Walla Walla LWV and members of US Congress such as Henry M. Jackson, Warren G. Magnuson, and Catherine May, a subject file on the Fire Station Move (includes a copy of the lawsuit files against the city of Walla Walla), and two sound recordings (“A message from Ruth Clusen for all League members” appealing for donations to the League’s ERA Special Fund and Miss Babara Ward: “Economic Policy for a Free World,” Mrs. Phillips, Secretary Wirtz’ formal address, President Johnson complete address). Walla Walla LWV activities such as hosting forums and other programs are also documented in the files. In addition, several files include reference information on local, state, and national topics of interest to the Walla Walla LWV.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Account Book
1967-1977
Box/Folder
13/5
Annexation
1976-1977
13/6
Ballot Issues
1985-1986
13/7
Budgets -- Local
1983-1986
13/8
By-laws Local and Current
1983
13/9
Campaign Financing
1983-1985
13/10
Candidates Forum
1974-1985
13/11
Candidates Meetings
1974-1983
13/12
Chamber of Commerce Award
1975-1976
14/1
City-Council Committee
1973-1988
14/2
Civil Rights
1984-1985
10/8, 14/3
Clippings
1954-1975
14/4
Columbia Gorge Legislation
1986-1987
14/5
Committee Reports
1967-1977
14/6
Con-Con (Constitutional Convention)
1968-1977
10/4
Congressional Correspondence
1952-1962
14/7
Convention -- State
1985
14/8
Council-Manager Government
1954-1987
11/5
Council-Manager Government Committee
1974-1975
11/1
Council-Manager Government Correspondence
1950-1959
11/6
Council-Manager Government Oral History with Dorothy Robinson
1987
11/3-4
Council-Manager Miscellany
1952-1977
11/2
Council-Manager Notes
1973-1975
12/1
Council-Manager Scrapbook
1959-1980
14/9
Debates -- National
1983-1987
14/10
Dept. Functions -- City
1956-1976
14/11
Dept. Functions -- County
1973-1976
14/12
Domestic Violence Task Force
1985
15/1
Energy
1976-1984
15/2
Excellence in Education
1983-1987
15/3
Federal Lands Local Survey
1983-1985
15/4
Finance Drive
1980-1987
10/5
Financial Information
1975-1987
10/7
Fire Station Move
1973-1975
15/5
Hanford Forum
1986
15/6
Historical Material -- Local
1974-1985
15/7
Initiative 350 -- Education
1978
15/8
International Relations -- State
1985
15/9
Justice
1975-1983
15/10
Land Use -- State
1975-1983
15/11
League History
1983-1986
15/12
League Lingo
1967
15/15
LWV -- Local and State 1970s for Archives
1959-1978
15/13
LWV Archives 1980s
1975-1983
15/16
LWV Publicity
1982-1985
15/18
LWV Silver Jubilee
1979
15/17
LWV W2 Co. Policy Statement
1975
15/14
LWV: Human Resources
1977-1985
15/19
Media Clippings
1983-1986
10/6
Membership Information
1952-1987; undated
15/20-21
Membership Lists
1954-1987
16/1
Membership Lists and Program Material
1951-1956
16/2
Membership Orientation
1960-1977
12/3
Miscellany
1952-1987
16/3
National Convention
1986
16/4
National Program
undated
16/5
National Security
1985-1987
16/6
Nuclear Waste Hanford Site
1985-1986
16/7
Position Papers
1977; 1983
16/8
President's Packet
1985-1986
16/9
Program Planning
1973-1987
16/10
Representative Government Portfolio
1971-1975
16/11
Schools -- Local
1975-1984
12/2
Sound Recordings
circa 1975; undated
10/1-3
State and National Annual Reports
1955-1981
16/12
State Board Reports
1980-1987
16/13
State Children's Services
1985-1986
16/14
Taxation -- State
1975-1987
16/15
Transportation
1974
16/16
Treasurer's Report
1983-1987
16/17
Unit Meeting Reports
1983-1987
16/18
USA Natural Resources
1983
16/19
Veterans Administration Proposal
1986-1987
16/20
Voter Material
1984
16/21
Water Activities in WW Mill Creek Watershed County
1973-1987

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Elections--Washington (state)--History
  • Voting--Washington (state)--Walla Walla County
  • Women in politics--Washington (state)--Walla Walla County
  • Personal Names :
  • League of Women Voters of Walla Walla County (Walla Walla, Wash.)--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Walla Walla (Wash.)--Politics and government--20th century
  • Walla Walla (Wash.)--History--20th century