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League of Women Voters, Sioux City records

Identifier: IWA0229

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Scope and Contents

The League of Women Voters of Sioux City records date from 1978 to 1993 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings from the Sioux City Journal and the Des Moines Register chronicling local debates in the late 1970s about Sioux City's urban renewal and city government structure. Clippings on how other Iowa cities were handling these issues in their communities are included.

The home rule charter folder includes the proposal submitted by the Sioux City Charter Commission to the mayor and city council, which called for re-structuring the city's government; among other things, the new charter would have given more power to the mayor. The proposed charter was hotly debated for several months and defeated in a narrow vote; the League opposed the charter.

The urban renewal newspaper clippings describe conflicts over how to maintain a vital business sector, and an investigation into charges that a developer had misused federal funds. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings include an article on the Equal Rights Amendment. A few League documents including an issue of the Sioux City Voter and records from two annual meetings complete the collection.


  • Creation: 1978-1993


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The records are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The League of Women Voters of Sioux City was founded in 1920. It went out of existence during World War II, but was later revived. Established as a nonpartisan political organization, the purpose of the League was to provide a forum for women to discuss political issues, and to create an informed and active electorate.


2.50 linear inches

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Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 315) were donated by the League of Women Voters of Sioux City in 1995.

Andrea Sheehan, 2003.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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