League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette records, 1920-2013
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Brief Description: The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette records document the history and administrative actions of various League of Women Voters organizations in the Greater Lafayette area.  Types of materials include correspondence, photographs, news clippings, administrative records, printed ephemera, programs, and financial records.
Held at:
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
504 W. State St
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-6414
Fax: 765-494-2810
Email: archives [at] purdue.edu
Created by: League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette (1920 -)
Volume: 13.3 Cubic feet
Acquired: 03/26/2010.
More information is available at http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/msp55_league.pdf (pdf)

The records are organized into five series:

1.  Historical Materials—State and Local Leagues, 19221979 (5 folders).

This series includes materials that describe generally how the League of Women Voters emerged from Suffrage groups in the 1920s and also includes specific histories of the Local and State Leagues.

2.  Administrative: Local Leagues, 19302013

Within this series, the correspondence subseries largely consist of letters to elected officials and civic groups concerning policies supported by the League. The annual reports document a variety of issues the League considered important, including environmental action, land use plans, and parks development in addition to work on the status of women. The “Look Books” outline general League procedures and platforms on a number of national and international issues, and the League Newsletters (The Bulletin) document the ongoing evolution of League stances on these issues. The Bulletin is a strong documentary source for all of the League’s actions.

            Subseries A: Constitutions, Bylaws, and Policy Statements

            Subseries B: Meeting Minutes, Agendas, and Programs

            Subseries C: Correspondence

            Subseries D: Annual Reports and Budgets

            Subseries E: Membership Lists—General and Administrative

            Subseries F: Newsletters

            Subseries G: Orientation and Resource Materials

            Subseries H: Publications

            Subseries I: Public Relations

            Subseries J: Administrative Binder Material (2013 Addition)

3. Voter Service Committee, 19582013

This series documents the actions of the Voters Service Committee, including being polling place observers, publishing a voter’s guide, registering voters, arranging for candidate forums, and instruction on how to use voting machines.

            Subseries A: Committee Reports

            Subseries B: Evaluation Questionnaire, Studies, and Resource Materials

            Subseries C: Events with Political Candidates and Election Activity Materials

            Subseries D: Voters Guides

            Subseries E: Officials Directories

            Subseries F: Correspondence

4. Studies by Local Leagues, 19562012

This series includes information on League efforts to create a County Department of Parks and Recreation and a large amount of materials regarding the land use plan of Tippecanoe County. In addition to the miscellaneous studies, this series includes correspondence with local, state, and national leaders about various social and political issues.

            Subseries A: Miscellaneous Studies

            Subseries B: Resource Materials

5. Public Relations and Publicity, 19562004

Clippings in this series document public League activities, such as candidate debates, and stances on various issues. Scrapbooks in Subseries B are collections of clippings from local newspapers that mention the League of Women Voters.

            Subseries A: News Clippings

            Subseries B: Scrapbooks

            Subseries C: Public Relations—Miscellaneous

Biographical Note for League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette (1920 -) : In 1920, with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, The National American Woman Suffrage Association reformed itself as the League of Women Voters. State organizations, including Indiana’s, generally followed this reorganization pattern and the Tippecanoe County League of Women Voters was formed in April of 1920. Although the League’s first task was teaching newly enfranchised women the mechanics of registering and voting, it has evolved into a non-partisan political organization whose purpose is to encourage the informed and active political participation of all citizens. The State League had its third annual convention in Lafayette in 1922. Ada Whittredge (Ellsworth) Stuart was the first President of the Tippecanoe County League and also served on the State board. In 1956 the county league divided into two leagues: The Lafayette League of Women Voters and the League of Women Voters of West Lafayette to better serve their individual municipalities. However, in 1962 the Leagues merged back into one entity as The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette. Over the years, the League has researched, debated, and advocated for a variety of local social political issues, such as environmental concerns in the Wabash watershed, parks and recreation, public utilities, welfare, youth issues, neighborhood identity, zoning decisions, and education reforms.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Subject Index
League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette, Indiana
League of Women Voters of Indiana
National League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Women's Archives at Purdue University
Women's rights--United States--History
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: League of Women Voters/Elizabeth Doversberger
PreferredCitation: MSP 55, League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette records, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Finding Aid Revisions:

Revised: Jonnie McConnell, November 21, 2013

Revised: Emma Meyer, April 23, 2010 and Stephanie Schmitz, December 1, 2010

Processed by:  Sarah Cooke, Tippecanoe County Historical Society, circa 1990