By Stephanie Schmitz
Primary Creator: League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette (1920 -)
Extent: 12.0 Cubic feet. More info below.
The records are organized into five series:
1. Historical Materials—State and Local Leagues, 1922–1979 (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, 1930–2009
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, hiking 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
3. Voter Service Committee, 1958–2006
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, 1956–2008
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, 1956–1981
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
Date Acquired: 03/26/2010
Subjects: Women's rights--United States--History
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Acquisition Source: League of Women Voters/Elizabeth Doversberger
Preferred Citation: MSP 55, League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette records, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Processing Information: Materials are arranged topically into five series. All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. Photographs have been housed in polyester sleeves. Moldy materials in Series 2, Subseries A (1954–2003) and Series II, Subseries D (1956–1980) have been removed from the collection and replaced with photocopies on acid-free paper.
Finding Aid Revision History:
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