The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines records date from 1936 to 1995 and measure 10 linear feet. The records are arranged in seven series: Administrative records, Community involvement, History, Programs, Publications, Photographs, and Sherry Hutchison.
The Community involvement series (1950-1995) contains information about the three main programs which the league provides for the community: the Observers, the Speakers Bureau, and Voters Services. The Observers are members of the league who attend local and regional government meetings and give nonpartisan reports of what has happened there. They are a source of information for those in the community who do not have the time to attend the meetings themselves. The Speakers Bureau provides the community with knowledgeable lecturers on topics from the environment to how our local, state, and national government works. The Voters Services program provides information to the community on how to vote, who can vote, and when to vote and gives nonpartisan profiles of the candidates and the issues.
The Programs series (1947-1993) contains the political topic study guides and consensus forms used by the league during unit discussions and consensus building. The league studies subjects of local, state, national and international scope. Among the issues studied by the league and acted upon locally were the council-manager form of city government, home rule for local and county government, reapportionment of legislative districts of the Iowa General Assembly, desegregation and integration of Des Moines public schools, and the need for affordable housing in the community.
The Sherry Hutchison series (1955-1986), donated by Hutchison in 2008, includes correspondence, notes, pamphlets, clippings and League publications relating to state government controversies. Hutchison (listed as Mrs. L.O. Hutchison in early publications) served in various offices and committees for the Des Moines Metropolitan League from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s. One of her main duties was to the State committee that studied the Iowa Constitution to reach League consensus on issues such as district reapportionment, court reform, home rule for cities and counties and the Equal Rights Amendment. In the years that followed her official role as an officer and committee member, Hutchison continued to be an active participant in the League of Women voters of Metropolitan Des Moines.