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 IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

TITLE:»LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF METROPOLITAN DES MOINES

 

SUBTITLE:»»RECORDS, DATES:»1936-1995

QUANTITY:»8.25 linear feet and audiovisual material

 

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The »records (donor no. 338) were donated by »the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines.

ACCESS:

The »records are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

ARTIFACTS:

»In box 8.

AUDIOVISUAL:

»Three audiocassettes (AC353-AC355) shelved in the audiocassette collection.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

»In boxes 16, 18 and 22-24.

PROCESSED BY:

Your name, year»Kristen Rassbach and Randel W. Lackore, 1996.


»History

 

            Begin text here:»The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines was founded as the Des Moines League of Women Voters in 1920, shortly after the League of Women Voters of Iowa was created.  The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization which provides community education and public awareness on political issues.  One of the main tenets of the organization is nonpartisanship, but in 1944 the Des Moines league endorsed the Republican Party and subsequently lost its charter.  Later in the year the organization was rechartered by a core group of former league members from the area and several other interested women.

 

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            Begin text here:The» League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines records date from »1936 to 1995 and measure »8.25 linear feet.  The »records »are arranged in »six series:  »Administrative records, Community involvement, History, Programs, Publications, and Photographs.

 

            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.

 

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Box no.   Description

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Box 1

Administrative records

Annual Meeting minutes

1952-1975 [24 folders]

1978-1991 [14 folders]

1993

Annual reports

1949/50-1951/52 [3 folders]

1954/55-1955/56 [2 folders]

1957/58-1958/59 [2 folders]

 

Box 2

1959/60-1970/71 [12 folders]

1975/1976

1978/79-1979/80 [2 folders]

1981/82-1985/86 [5 folders]

1990/1991

Undated

Board meeting minutes

1951-1952 [2 folders]

 

Box 3

1953-1970 [18 folders]

1973-1979 [7 folders]

 

Box 4

1983-1991 [9 folders]

Bylaws

Final versions, 1952-1990

Recommended changes, 1975-1992 and undated

Committees

Citizens' Action Committee on County Building, 1974

Nominating committee, 1959-1960

Unit Action Committee, 1982, 1985 and undated

Correspondence

General

1948-1949

1950s

 

Box 5

1960s

1970s

1980s, 1990, 1994

Official League correspondence

1953-1980

Catt, Carrie Chapman, with the Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission, 1936, 1939

Financial reports

1947

1950

1956-1966 [11 folders]

1970

Box 6

1975

1977

1979-1981 [3 folders]

Membership

Brochure, undated

General information, undated

Lists, 1976-1989 [scattered]

League directory (officers and workshop chairmen), 1961-1987 and undated

Local league directory, 1965-1989 [scattered]

Policy and procedure

Board policy, 1960, 1984-1987

Board policy changes, 1975-1982 and undated

Board procedures, 1985-1988

Board orientation, 1983

Citizens Information Services (CIS) projects and procedures, 1979, 1989

Consensus-forming process, 1979, 1984-1985 and undated

League policies and positions, 1972-1989 and undated

Local league handbooks, 1966, 1969

Position descriptions, 1979, 1983, 1984 and undated

Unit leadership, 1970

Unit organization, 1979

Public relations

General, 1977

Correspondence, 1974-1983

 

Box 7

Pamphlets, undated

Press releases

1956-1962 [7 folders]

1964-1970 [7 folders]

1975

1977-1986 [9 folders]

Summary, 1974

 

Community involvement

Observers

General, 1974-1976, 1982, 1985

Guides, 1974, 1984 and undated

Packets, 1981

Program information, 1975-1976 and undated

Speakers Bureau

General information, 1955-1978

Speeches

Additional information, 1963, 1987-1988

Handouts, 1974 and undated

Outlines, 1957, 1961 and undated

Box 8

Sample speeches, 1958-1978 and undated

Speaking aids, 1959 and undated

Speaking engagements, 1959-1964

Voters Services

Artifacts

Necklace and buttons, undated

Candidate profiles

1957-1962 [6 folders]

1973

Undated

Democracy handbook, 1958

Des Moines Annual Citizenship School, 1941

Election report, 1974

General information

1950

1952

1955-1963 [9 folders]

 

Box 9

1968

1970

1972

1974-1976 [3 folders]

1978-1982 [5 folders]

1984-1985 [2 folders]

1988-1989 [2 folders]

Undated [also oversize: shelved in map case: drawer 4]

Instructions for local coordinators, 1982

Press releases

1957

1961

1963-1969 [7 folders]

1972

1980-1983 [4 folders]

Undated

 

Box 10

Program study, 1956, 1968, 1970 and undated

Tax paying guides

1963

1967

Voters guides, 1971-1995

 

History

Awards

Certificates of Appreciation, 1953, 1979 and undated

Governor's Volunteer Award, 1995

International Women's year certificate, 1975

Lane Bryant Award, 1950

League of Women Voters of Metro Des Moines Month, undated

Outstanding Performance in Support of National Non-partisan Register and Vote Campaign of 1952, 1953 [oversize; shelved in map case: drawer 4]

Cartoons, 1962 and undated [also oversize; shelved in map case: drawer 4]

General League history

Questions and answers, 1952

Fiftieth Anniversary, 1969

Local government history, 1959 and undated

Local league history

Accomplishments, 1964, 1966 and undated

Handwritten history, 1974

History committee reports, 1975

Program record, 1956

"This is Our Life," 1956

Timeline (1922-1985), 1985

Newspaper clippings

1965-1990

Press books

1979-1980

1980-1981

1983-1984

1987-1988

 

Box 11

Scrapbooks

1942 and undated [oversize: disbound and shelved in map case: drawer 4]

1949-1951

1953-1956 [oversize:  in box 22]

1956-1958

 

Box 12

1958-1967

1967-1969

 

Box 13

1969-1972

1972-1973

 

Box 14

1973-1975

1975-1977

1981-1983 [oversize:  in box 23]

 

Box 15

City Manager Campaign [disbound], 1948-1949

Correspondence

Editorials

Letters to newspapers

Newspaper clippings

January to April 15, 1949

April 16 to May 2, 1949

Opposition propaganda and advertising

Operation Ballot Box, 1952 [oversize:  in box 24]

Campaign to preserve the council manager government in Des Moines, 1959

 

»Programs

Planning, 1958-1990

City/Local

Broadlawns Medical Center, 1984, 1990

Central city redevelopment, 1974-1991 and undated

 

Box 16

"Cities:  Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" audiovisual presentation

Audiocassettes #1-3 [1980] [shelved in audiocassette collection:  AC353-AC355]

Photographic slides, 1980

Des Moines Municipal Airport, 1980, 1987 and undated

Education

Desegregation and integration of the Des Moines schools, 1966-1989 and undated

"Employment in the Des Moines Area:  An Overview," 1979

Government

Boards and commissions, 1969-1991

Council-Manager form, 1947-1979

Finance, 1953, 1976-1984

Home rule, 1966, 1975

Metropolitan form, 1973-1976

Ombudsman, 1971

Police, fire protection and emergency medical services, 1980

Precinct polling places, 1970

Public recreation, 1955

 

Box 17

Taxation

"Beyond the Property Tax," 1987-1990

Tax base sharing, 1985

County government

Charter commission, 1981-1993

Government structure, function and form, 1971-1983 and undated

Home rule, 1976

Polk County Jail, 1978-1991

State

Courts

Adult correctional system, 1984-1985

Juvenile justice system, 1974-1979

Unified court, 1972

Election laws and procedures, 1970

Executive branch, 1960

Legislature, 1971-1986

Reapportionment, 1964, 1976-1991

Revisions to the Iowa State Constitution, 1962-1968, 1979-1980

Shaff plan, 1963 [state constitution amendment on apportionment]

Tax system, 1972-1983

National

Agriculture, 1987-1988

"Campaign Spending:  The Great American Treasure Hunt," 1973

Electoral college reform, 1968

"Examining the Presidency," 1975, 1980

Federal finance, 1985-1986, 1990

Human resources

Day care/Children at risk, 1981, 1990

Equality of opportunity, 1966-1986

 

Box 18

Health care, 1982, 1992

Housing needs

General

1949, 1961-1968

1971-1978

Photographic slides, 1975

Presentation, 1976

Income assistance, 1969-1970, 1978

Mental health facilities, 1958

Welfare reform, 1970-1989

Natural resources

The Brundtland report, 1990 [environmental protection and sustainable development]

Energy, 1975, 1977

Environmental quality, 1971-1979

Hazardous waste, 1981

Land use, 1971-1984

Mass transit, 1969-1982

Solid waste, 1970-1992

Water conservation, 1957-1989

Box 19

 

National security, 1983-1984

Revenue sharing, 1974

"U.S. Congress:  Evaluation of Structure, Procedure and Practices, and Their Effect on Responsive Legislative Process," 1972

Voting rights, 1971

International

Central America, 1981

China, 1965, 1967

European Community, 1992

Foreign policy, 1959-1985

Foreign trade, 1962-1991

United Nations, 1976-1977

 

Publications

Polk County Guide, 1977, 1983

The Des Moines Voter

1953-1966 [14 folders]

 

Box 20

1967-1989 [23 folders]

Box 21

1990-1992 [3 folders]

 

Photographs

Polk county jail, undated

1977-1983 and undated

 

Box 22

Oversize:

History

Scrapbooks

1953-1956

 

Box 23

1981-1983

 

Box 24

Operation Ballot Box, 1952

 

Box 25           

Sherry Hutchison series

Constitutional Convention (Con Con), 1980
Constitutional Convention, correspondence and notes, 1980
Constitutional Convention, publications, 1979-1981
Constitutional Convention, newspaper clippings, 1980
Election laws and procedures, 1969-1972
Electoral college, 1968-1971
Electoral college, 1968-1976
Home rule, 1964-1965
Home rule, 1964-1974
Home rule, publications, 1955-1969
Home rule, newspaper clippings, 1964-1982

 

Box 26

Home rule, county, 1975-1976
Home rule, county 1976-1978
Home rule, county, newspaper clippings, 1974-1976
Home rule, county, resources, 1975-1976
Institute of Public Affairs, publications (partial copies), 1962-1975 (see University of Iowa Archives collection for originals)
Iowa Constitution, 1963-1971
Iowa Constitution, 1966-1973
Iowa Constitution, 1969-1982
Iowa Constitution, other state examples, 1972-1974
Iowa Legislature, 1965-1972

Box 27

Intergovernmental relations, 1965-1973
Miscellaneous, 1975, 1980
Miscellaneous, publications, 1955, 1958, 1962
League pamphlets, 1977, 1979
Police civilian review board, research, undated
Reapportionment, 1963-1982
Reapportionment, Shaff Plan, 1962-1963
Reapportionment, publications, 1962-1965
Reapportionment, newspaper clippings, 1964-1981
Reapportionment, resources, 1974-1978
State government reorganization, 1966-1974
State government reorganization, notes, 1967-1968

Box 28


State government reorganization, newspaper clippings, 1966-1974
Support positions, 1971-1986
Unified court, 1966-1971
Unified court, 1971-1975
Unified court, newspaper clippings, 1966-1986