League of Women Voters of Iowa records
Scope and Contents
The 1994 accession records date from 1946 to 1991 (bulk 1960 to 1991) and measure 23.25 linear feet. The records are arranged in seven series: Administrative, Citizens Information Service, Government, Human resources, Local chapters, Voters service, and Miscellaneous programs. This collection documents the activities of an organization that seeks to promote a more informed and politically involved voting populace. The collection consists mostly of the study and action programs conducted by the League of Women Voters of Iowa, as found in the Government, Human resources, Voters service and Miscellaneous programs series.
The Administrative series (1946-1989) contains the records of the Development Committee and Development Director, who are responsible for general League fundraising and helping manage program budgets. At the annual state conventions, members gather to discuss the progress of League study and action on adopted issues, future plans, bylaws revisions, finances, and other relevant administrative topics.
The programs conducted by the Citizens Information Service (1972-1984) are most often the educational components of larger areas of study. For example, the "Save Our Soil" billboards, the "I-SAVE" program, and the Environmental Protection Agency grant-Dickinson County program promoted the League positions on aspects of natural resources. The speeches delivered at the "Agriculture's Stake in World Trade" conference of 1984 are preserved on audiocassettes.
The League's study of Government (1955-1990) includes the Iowa's Constitutional reform, the Iowa State Legislature, reapportionment, as well as state government issues of public taxes and public education.
The Human resources series (1966-1984) contains the records of League work relating to social issues such as equal opportunity in education and employment, housing rights and women's issues, among others.
The League of Women Voters of Iowa is divided by city or county into twenty-one Local chapters (1960-1991), which span the entire state geographically. Each chapter published a newsletter called the Voter, as well as records of projects developed on the local level. Partial runs of the local newsletters are included in this series.
With the Voters service (1973-1985), the League seeks to educate citizens on aspects of voting via such activities as candidates' debates, seminars and public service announcements.
The Miscellaneous programs series (1968-1988) consists of adult corrections, international relations, juvenile justice, and natural resources. In 1988 the League cosponsored the "U.S. 88" conference with the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies. Three instructional videos were used as aids in conducting forums at the conference.
The 1995 accession records date from 1962 to 1982 and measure 5 linear inches. The accession is arranged in two series: Administrative and Study guides. The Administrative series (1966-1973) documents the budgeting process of the state board in the early 1970s. An undated consultant manual shows how the state and local leagues complement each other's missions. The accession also contains a Study guides series (1962-1982) of various programs and facts provided to the local leagues about education, taxes and government in Iowa.
- League of Women Voters of Iowa (Organization)
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In 1971 the Citizens' Information Service was established to carry out the Iowa League's educational activities by building channels for communication, interpreting public needs and holding forums for electoral candidates and issues. This service's educational tools include publications; radio, television, and newspapers; conferences; workshops and public meetings. In 1984 the Citizens Information Service sponsored an international conference called "Agriculture's Stake in World Trade." Funding for projects comes partially from the national League of Women Voters Education Fund, established in 1958 to tap tax-deductible funds and obtain grants that provide research and education for League work. The Iowa League's study programs include national issues such as energy, environmental quality, human resources, international relations, representative government, and urban problems. In 1988 the League of Women Voters of Iowa and the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies cosponsored "U.S. 88," a program for the 1988 Presidential election, and held forums in Davenport and Des Moines.
Since 1955 the League has kept notebooks, conducted workshops and published guides as part of its Iowa state constitution reform study. The League acts in support of its position on Iowa's local government structure and tax system, equal rights for women, juvenile justice, constitutional provisions, Area Education Agencies, reapportionment and land use among other issues. From 1977 to 1986 the League researched and published study guides of the adult corrections system in Iowa, which included a study of sentencing and parole as well as a study of alcoholism and the criminal justice system.
101.50 linear feet
Audiovisual in boxes 100, 112, 149, audiocassette collection [AC1700] - [AC 1767], and videocassette collection [V546] - [V629]; Photographs in boxes 102, 113, 137, 143, 147, 152, 169, and 264; Slides in boxes 100, 142, and 231. boxes
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- 20th century
- Administrative records
- Archives (groupings)
- Community education
- Federal government
- Human capital
- League of Women Voters of Iowa
- Local government
- Political participation
- Slides (photographs)
- Sound recordings
- Video recordings
- Women -- Political activity
- Women -- Political activity
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Women lawyers
- Katherine Price, 1994, Randel W. Lackore, 1995 and Special Collections Staff; Robert J. Jett, 1998; Elizabeth Engel, 2004; June Silliman, 2008; Karissa Haugeberg, 2008.
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