IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

TITLE:» LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MOUNT VERNON-LISBON

 

RECORDS, DATES:»1948-1996

QUANTITY:»3 linear feet and audiovisual material

 

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The »records (donor no. 286) were donated by »the League of Women Voters of Mount Vernon-Lisbon in 1995 and subsequent years.

ACCESS:

The »records are open for research.

AUDIOVISUAL:

One VHS videocassette (V54) shelved in the videocassette collection.

COPYRIGHT:

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

In box 5.

PROCESSED BY:

Your name, year»Randel W. Lackore, 1995 and 1996.

 


»History

            Begin text here:»Sixteen charter members began a provisional group of the League of Women Voters in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on June 3, 1948.  In six months the league was granted full status when its ranks had grown to twenty-eight members.  The league has been involved in various projects and studies throughout its history, reflecting changing political issues while maintaining a core concern for the community of Mount Vernon.

 

            As a nonpartisan organization, the league has not endorsed individuals for office.  It provided forums to meet elected officials and sponsored candidate debates promoting public awareness of political issues.  The group supported bond issues for a community swimming pool in 1960 and a new high school auditorium and an addition at the elementary school in 1989.  Throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the league undertook surveys and studies of Mount Vernon development and local services.  In 1990 and 1991 the group conducted a study of care for elementary and middle school students before and after school, identifying the needs of the community and presenting alternative ways of meeting those needs.  The organization was renamed and recognized as the League of Women Voters of Mount Vernon-Lisbon in 1992.

 

 


 

Scope and Content Note

 

            Begin text here:The» records of the League of Women Voters of Mount Vernon-Lisbon date from »1948 to 1996 and measure »3 linear feet.  The »records »are arranged in» three series:  »Administrative, Community involvement and Programs. 

 

            The Administrative series (1948-1996) contains the league's by-laws, annual reports and fund raising records.  Documents in this series describe the structure of the group and how it operates.  The program planning folder provides insight into how programs are chosen for study and the local league's input in deciding state and national programs.

 

            Local league actions such as surveys of garbage collection, housing needs and community recreation as well as reports on the school districts' compliance with Title IX requirements are part of the Community involvement series (1954-1991).  The series includes correspondence between the league, the school board and local newspaper discussing meeting-scheduling conflicts and observance of the open-meeting law. 

 

            Topics encompassing areas outside the local community are contained in the Programs series (1955-1993).  The subjects covered include the federal government, resources and international relations.  At the state level the Mount Vernon-Lisbon league studied the taxation process undertaken by the legislature and the judicial system's role in adult corrections, family court and the juvenile justice system.

 

Related Collections

 

Begin text here:»League of Women Voters of Iowa

 

Box no.   Description

Box 1

»Administrative

Annual reports from local league to the state and national League of Women Voters, 1957-1978, 1982-1989

Board minutes and annual meeting reports and The Mount Vernon Voter (disbound)

Volume I

1948/1949-1949/1950

1950/1951-1952/1953

1953/1954

Volume II

1954/1955

1955/1956

1956/1957

Volume III

1957/1958

1958/1959-1959/1960

1960/1961-1961/1962

 

Box 2

1962/1963

Volume IV

1963/1964

1964/1965

1965/1966

1966/1967

Volume V

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

Volume VI

1972

1973

 

Box 3

1974

1975

Volume VII

1976

1977

Volume VII(cont.)

1978

1979

Volume VIII

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

 

Box 4

1985

Volume IX

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

By-laws, 1962-1990

Carrie Chapman Catt awards nominations, 1995

Change of league name, 1991-1992

Finance

Budget making, 1957, 1973, 1978-1988, 1991

Fundraising, 1969, 1974-1984, 1990-1992 and undated

History

Local league, 1968-1989, 1992

75th Anniversary (national league), 1995

Officers and directors list, 1994-1996

President's report and leadership training, 1974-1988

Membership recruitment, 1978-1979, 1984-1990 and undated

News releases, 1979, 1983-1985

Nonpartisan policy, 1977, 1983-1989 and undated

Observer program, 1975-1981

Program planning, 1975-1990

Structure and procedures, 1969

Box 5

Community involvement

Activities

"Cities in Transition: Up or Out" program, 1977

Heritage days parade and photographs, 1990

"Know Your Town" newcomers event, 1966

Open-meeting law compliance, 1978-1986

Parks and Recreation Committee, 1980

Surveys

Garbage collection, 1962-1963

Housing, 1977

Recreational interest, 1974, 1981

School-age child care

Survey, 1989, 1991 and undated

Seminar, undated (VHS, 90 minutes) [shelved in the videocassette collection: V54]

Financing, 1961, 1976-1978

Organization study, 1967, 1982-1985

Planning and zoning, 1977-1979, 1981, 1991

Water fluoridation, 1957-1958

Schools

Building bond referendums, 1968-1969, 1977-1979

Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 1977-1978, 1985

Reorganization study, 1986 and undated

School district reapportionment, 1982-1983

Title IX

Background information, 1978, 1980, 1984

 

Box 6

Compliance reports, 1978

Voter service

Candidates

Debate (second congressional district), 1990

Forums, 1988, 1990

Questionnaires, 1960, 1994 and undated

Education, 1954-1960, 1990 and undated

Meet Your Legislator program, 1980-1984

"This is Mount Vernon" pamphlets, 1957-1982 and undated

Voter's guides, 1954, 1956, 1978-1989 and undated

 

Programs

State

Constitution, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1972

Department of Transportation, 1978-1979

Election reforms, 1984

Home rule

County, 1976, 1978, 1985

Regional government organization, 1964-1965, 1970

Judicial system

Adult corrections, 1982, 1986 and undated

Family court, 1978-1979

Juvenile system, 1975-1978, 1982

Unified trial courts, 1969, 1972-1973

Legislature

Correspondence and interviews with representatives, 1979-1981 and undated

Legislative research council, 1955

Reapportionment, 1955, 1959, 1961-1965, 1978, 1981

Veto power, undated

Taxes

Iowa tax reform action coalition, 1977

Property tax exemptions, 1980, 1988-1990 and undated

School financing, 1979, 1987-1989 and undated

Tax system study, 1982

 

Box 7

National

Freedom agenda program, 1955

Federal government

Agriculture, 1988 and undated

Finance

Budget deficit, 1991

Campaign finance reforms, 1974, 1979, 1986 and undated

Congressional structure and practices, 1972 and undated

Elections

Early result projections, 1982, 1984

Electoral college reform, 1969-1970, 1977, 1979

Home rule for Washington, D.C., 1970, 1978, 1980-1981, 1985

Political accountability ratings, 1977, 1979, 1981-1983

Powers of the presidency, 1975 and undated

Reproductive rights, 1980, 1983, 1991 and undated

Tax code reform, 1986

Human resources

Employment rights, 1978, 1983-1984

Equal rights amendment, 1972, 1975-1980, 1983

Health care reform, 1991-1993

Housing and community development, 1974, 1977-1978

Welfare

Community action programs, 1968, 1973

Reforms, 1971-1972, 1978

Natural resources

Air quality, 1982, 1986 and undated

Energy conservation, 1980-1983

Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environmental Quality, 1980, 1984

Land use, 1979-1981

Water quality, 1959, 1966-1968, 1970, 1977

International relations

Aid, 1970, 1974-1975, 1978

Aid correspondence, 1968-1980 (scattered)

Nuclear arms control, 1983 and undated

Trade, 1959, 1961, 1972, 1975, 1977

United Nations, 1977, 1979-1981