Norma Dobler Papers, 1967-1991  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Norma Dobler
Title
Norma Dobler Papers
Dates
1967-1991 (inclusive)
Quantity
4 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG402 (collection)
Summary
Correspondence, notes, transcripts of speeches, newspaper clippings, photocopies of legislation, and publications concerning her career as a politician, a member of the League of Women Voters, and a delegate to the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston.
Repository
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
83844-2350
Telephone: 208-885-0845
libspec@uidaho.edu
Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Norma Dobler was born Norma Woodhouse on May 2, 1917 to Lester and Bessie Woodhouse in Haines, Oregon. The family moved to a farm in southern Idaho's Canyon County during the fall of 1917. Norma graduated from Caldwell High School in 1934. She then attended Links Business College in Boise for a year, the University of Cincinnati for two years and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Business in 1939. Upon graduation, she worked in the University of Idaho registrar's office for two years.

Norma married Clifford Dobler on June 14, 1941. That year Clifford joined the faculty of the University of Idaho as an associate professor of political science where he taught business law courses for the next 36 years. After her marriage, Norma devoted herself to raising their three children and became very active in volunteer work. She served for 12 years as Sunday school superintendent for the Methodist Church, 12 years as a 4-H youth leader, and worked with the Campfire group for two years. She also worked as a county fair judge and election judge. Dobler spent six years on the Moscow School Board and three years as president of the Idaho League of Women Voters before her legislative stint and served nine years on the Idaho Tax Board of Appeals afterwards. She took up her career again in 1971 and worked as secretary to the State Extension Forester until 1975. She was awarded life membership in the PTA, American Association of University Women, United Methodist Women, and Delta Kappa Gamma Education Honorary and received the "Citizen of the Year" award from the National Association of Social Workers. She is listed in several "Who's Who" books, and "Two Thousand Women of Achievement" and the "Dictionary of International Biographies".

A staunch democrat, Dobler was long active in politics through her work with the League of Women Voters. In 1973 she won a seat in the state House of Representatives. During her four years as a representative, she served on the Education, Health and Welfare and Resource and Conservation committees. In 1977 she was elected to the state senate, serving for five terms until her retirement in 1986. Her committees included Health, Education and Welfare, Resources and Environment, Judiciary and Rules, and State Affairs.

Dobler was a passionate crusader for the rights of women, senior citizens and children, education and the environment. Legislation that she sponsored, or was particularly involved with, concerned displaced homemakers, Idaho's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, day care licensing, reapportionment of the legislative districts, abortion, divorce, drinking age, driving under the influence of alcohol, harassment (hate crimes), higher education, liquor revenue, and the state liquor dispensary system. She was also active on the Development Disabilities Council, the State Employment and Training Advisory Council, and the Idaho Cancer Coordinating Committee. On a national level, Dobler served on the Education Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the advisory board for the National Education Data Library, the American Association of Retired Persons' legislative committee, and a national commission to prevent telemarketing fraud of senior citizens.

Norma Dobler passed away on June 1, 1998 from head injuries she suffered in a fall at her Moscow home. Her husband; her children, Sharon Vega, Terry Dobler and Carol Harris; a brother, Clyde Woodhouse; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survived her. Upon her death, Senator Marguerite McLaughlin commented, "She probably was the most fair legislator I ever knew. She listened to both sides and tried to make decisions based on that."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records of Norma Dobler span the years 1962 to 1995, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1976 to 1987.

Included are correspondence, notes, transcripts of speeches, newspaper clippings, photocopies of legislation, and publications concerning her career as a politician, a member of the League of Women Voters, and a delegate to the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The bulk of the material in this group was in labeled folders, with the remainder loose or in three-ring binders. There was no discernible order. Folders were arranged in alphabetical order in a single series. Original folder headings were retained with additional description added for clarification. Material in three-ring binders was removed from the binders and placed in acid-neutral folders. The loose material was placed in folders and given appropriate headings.

Some of the folders span a wide date range. Although they contain material relating to Dobler's work as a legislator, apparently she added clippings, journal articles, pamphlets and correspondence to the files after her retirement from the legislature.

Upon receipt of the material approximately 1 c.f. of publications, primarily state documents, was transferred to other parts of the library. During processing publications that had no notes in them and are readily available elsewhere were also transferred. A list of publications withdrawn during processing has been placed with the accession record. Duplicate photocopies and newspaper clippings were also discarded. This reduced the quantity of materials by 1.5 cubic feet.

Acquisition Information

The records of Norma Dobler were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Norma Dobler in December 1990 and March 1997.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1-4 1% tax initiative
136 items
1977-1994
1/5-6 Abortion
78 items
1976-1990
1/7 Alcohol awareness
12 items
1983-1984
1/8 Cancer Coordinating Committee
11 items
1978-1984
1/9 Child abuse
22 items
1976-1984
1/10 Child health
9 items
1984-1986
1/11 Child support
12 items
1984-1985
1/12 Child welfare
7 items
1983-1986
1/13 Church, Frank
14 items
1976-1984
1/14 Day care
52 items
1984-1986
1/15 Displaced homemakers
59 items
1977-1983
1/16 Alliance for Displaced Homemakers
9 items
1977-1978
1/17 Center for New Directions
20 items
1982-1993
1/18 Correspondence
63 items
1977
1/19 Correspondence
52 items
1978
1/20 Correspondence with Gwilliam
5 items
1978-1979
1/21 Idaho Displaced Homemakers Network
12 items
1979-1990
1/22 Job Training Partnership Act(JTPA)
9 items
1987-1990
1/23 Needs assessment
1 item
1983
1/24 Reports
6 items
1979-1987
1/25 SB1345 public hearing
15 items
1978
1/26 Speeches
26 items
1977-1984
1/27 Twin Falls center
15 items
1979-1980
1/28 Divorce bills
24 items
1983-1986
1/29 Divorce, Case file
16 items
1983-1985
1/30 Divorce laws (1980)
33 items
1986
1/31 Dobler, Norma and Clifford
4 items
1962-1988
1/32 Drinking age
48 items
1983-1986
1/33 Driving Under the Influence(DUI)
34 items
1980-1983
2/34 1982 bills
40 items
1980-1982
2/35 1983 bills
6 items
1983
2/36 Driver's license Records
16 items
1977-1982
2/37-38 Econometric Energy Study
19 items
1977-1978
2/39 Audit
22 items
1978
2/40 Environmental protection
18 items
1972-1991
2/41-45 ERA
209 items
1972-1984
2/46 Anti
36 items
1972-1980
2/47 Economic equity
6 items
1975-1980
2/48 HCR10
97 items
1976-1977
2/49 Pro
34 items
1972-1977
2/50 Women and the law
43 items
1978-1982
2/51 Women's rights
46 items
1974-1977
2/52 Federal budget cuts and tax reduction
45 items
1981-1982
2/53 Foster care
8 items
2/54-55 Harassment bills
157 items
1980-1988
2/56 Health facilities, HJR12
16 items
1978-1980
2/57 Heyburn State Park
72 items
1971-1983
2/58 Higher education
23 items
1967-1992
3/59 Ad Hoc Committee on higher education, Minutes
4 items
1985
3/60-62 Chancellor system
58 items
1974-1992
3/63 Closure of North Idaho College of Education (Normal School)
1 item
1985
3/64 Tenure
12 items
1971-1982
3/65 Tuition
41 items
1974-1991
3/66 Idaho Office on Aging
1 item
1986
3/67 Idaho politicians, Clippings
4 items
1987
3/68 Idaho State School and Hospital, Gwilliam correspondence
9 items
1979-1985
3/69 Idaho Task Force on Higher Education
25 items
1982-1983
3/70 Correspondence
17 items
1983-1984
3/71 Idahonian board
16 items
1986-1988
3/72 Iran-Contra scandal
10 items
1987-1988
3/73 Land Resource Inventory Demonstration Project
1 item
1979
3/74 Land use planning
30 items
1970-1982
3/75 Clippings
49 items
1973-1981
3/76 League of Women Voters: Endowment lands
16 items
1969-1993
3/77 League of Women Voters: Public school funding
14 items
1969-1982
3/78 League of Women Voters: Public school finance, Court case
13 items
1972-1975
3/79 League of Women Voters: Revised constitution
26 items
1970
3/80 Legislative Budget Office, budget cuts FY1987
1 item
1985
3/81 Legislative Council Committee on Alcoholic Beverages
32 items
1981-1985
3/82 Legislative Council Committee on Indian Affairs
3 items
1984-1985
3/83 Legislative Council Committee on Local Government Revenues
46 items
1985-1987
3/84 Legislative proposals of governor and executive agencies
1 item
1986
3/85 Libya
43 items
1977-1986
3/86 Liquor dispensary
6 items
1985-1986
3/87 Liquor licenses
32 items
1977-1980
3/88-90 Liquor revenue
80 items
1981-1985
3/91 Medicaid, Medicare and Relative Responsibility
91 items
1983-1990
3/92 National Women's Conference
38 items
1977
3/93 National Women's Conference: Binder
1 item
1977
3/94 National Women's Conference: Buttons and passes
6 items
1977
3/95 National Women's Conference: Correspondence
15 items
1977-1978
3/96 National Women's Conference: Idaho state conference
11 items
1977
4/97 National Women's Conference: Official briefing book
1 item
1977
4/98 National Women's Conference: Publications
21 items
1977-1978
4/99 National Women's Conference: State conferences, clippings
5 items
1977
4/100 Newspaper clippings, miscellaneous
6 items
ca. 1985
4/101 Older Women's League
23 items
1980-1988
4/102 Persian Gulf War
6 items
1991
4/103 Presidential campaign
12 items
1980-1984
4/104 Project Independence Task Force
13 items
1980
4/105 Public television
29 items
1981-1986
4/106-107 Reapportionment
78 items
1968-1991
4/108 League of Women Voters
3 items
1989-1991
4/109 Other states
25 items
1981-1984
4/110 Retirement, PERSI system
8 items
1984-1986
4/111 Sagebrush rebellion
14 items
1979-1980
4/112 Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee, Minutes
1 item
1986
4/113 Sheriff amendment
16 items
1985
4/114 Soil conservation districts
7 items
1985
4/115-116 State Affairs Committee, Minutes
2 items
1982-1983
4/117 Swan Falls
50 items
1979-1986
4/118 Taxes (state)
3 items
1982-1986
4/119 Teen pregnancy and sex education
14 items
1974-1986
4/120 U.S. presidents
9 items
1986-1990
4/121 Victim's rights
12 items
1984-1986
4/122 Water
12 items
1981-1995
4/123 Water quality
12 items
1985-1986
4/124 Water research
9 items
1976-1977
4/125 Weed control
9 items
1982-1986
4/126 Wilderness
44 items
1978-1987
4/127 Women's Commission
31 items
1977-1986
4/128 Women's rights
13 items
1982-1989

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Equal rights amendments -- Idaho
  • Women legislators -- Idaho
  • Women's rights

Corporate Names

  • League of Women Voters (U.S.) Idaho
  • National Women's Conference (1st : 1977 : Houston, Tex.)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Dobler, Norma, 1917-1998--Archives.