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Guide to the Women For: Orange County Records MS.R.069
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Organizational records Series 1. Bulk, 1986-1998 1984-2003

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content Summary

Organizational records include bylaws, procedures, general and board meeting minutes, treasurer's report, budgets, membership lists, correspondence and brochures. Women For: held regular meetings twice a month with different themes and speakers, actively publicizing them with mailed announcements, press releases and newsletters. Also included are newspaper clippings about meetings and events and some literature reflecting how they or their members were honored by other organizations.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in the same order as it was received.
Box 1, Folder 1

Brief history, 1986

Box 1, Folder 2

Bylaws, circa 1984

Box 1, Folder 3

Procedures, circa 1986

Box 1, Folder 4-16

Minutes, 1984-1992, 1994-1996

Box 1, Folder 17-19, Box 2, Folder 1-2

Board meetings, 1990-1994

Box 2, Folder 3

Board resignations, 1992

Box 2, Folder 4-5

Treasurer's reports, 1984-1989

Box 2, Folder 6

Budget, 1992

Box 2, Folder 7

Politics Committee: Candidate questionnaires, 1986, 1996

Box 2, Folder 8-11

Correspondence, 1985-1997

Box 3, Folder 1, Box 2, Folder 12-13

Membership lists, 1984-1986, 1989, 1992-1997

Box 3, Folder 2

Membership dues, 1985-1987

Box 3, Folder 4

Meeting room arrangements, 1991-1992

Box 3, Folder 5

Women For: newsletters, 1984-1991

Box 3, Folder 6

Brochures, 1987-1996

Box 3, Folder 7

Press releases, 1987-1992

Box 3, Folder 8-13

Announcements, 1984-2003

Box 3, Folder 14-16

Newspaper clippings, 1988-1997

Box 3, Folder 17

Honors by and for Women for:, 1984-1993


Great American Write-Ins Series 2. 1986-2000

Physical Description: 0.3 linear feet.

Historical Background

The major annual event of Women For: Orange County was the Great American Write-In. For this event 30-40 community groups active in fields including education, environmental protection, human and civil rights and peace would gather to dissiminate information to the public, who would in turn be invited to write to their governmental representatives.

Series Scope and Content Summary

The planning files are arranged by year and contain some or all of the following: committee minutes and planning documents, publicity flyers and posted announcements, correspondence to organizations, and information about the organizations participating. The file for the Great American Write-In for 2000 contains brochures for nearly all of the participating organizations. There are also some newspaper clippings about this event for 1990s.
There are five colored political buttons that represent contemporary women's issues: sexual equality, pro-choice, RU486 (abortion pill), women legislators, and anti sexual harrassment.
There are two handmade posters documenting the Great American Write-In held in 1991 at the University Club on the University of California, Irvine campus.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged as it was received.
Box 3, Folder 18, Box 4, Folder 1-7

Planning records, 1986-2000

Box 4, Folder 8-9

Participant brochures, 2000

Box 4, Folder 10

Newspaper clippings, 1987-1997

Box 4, Folder 11

Buttons from political organizations, 1990s

Folder XOS 1

Posters, 1991


Suffrage Day Luncheons Series 3. 1984-1994

Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet. (2 folders)

Historical Background

The first annual Suffrage Day Luncheon in 1981, was sponsored by the Women's Network Alert, an organization for activist Orange County women. Women For: co-hosted the luncheon with them in the late 1980s, and early 1990s. From the 16th annual luncheon in 1997, Women For: sponsored the event on their own. Vivian Hall and Anna Freeman were instrumental in maintaining the continuity of this event.

Scope and Content Summary

Included are the printed programs for the Suffrage Day Luncheons, and newspaper clippings from both before and after the event.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in the order it was recieved.
Box 4, Folder 12

Programs, 1981-2000

Box 4, Folder 13

Newspaper clippings, 1990s


Photographs Series 4. 1986-1997

Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet. (1 document box)

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Included are color photographs from various Great American Write-Ins and Suffrage Day Luncheons, most undated and with people unidentified. There are photos of various activities from 1994 and from a meeting held in 1997, at Bolsa Chica State Beach, in Huntington Beach, California. An undated scrapbook of color photographs mostly from the Great American Write-In event is also included.

Series Arrangement

The photographs are arranged by function or by date as they were received.
Box 5, Folder 1

Great American Write-In, 1986, 1995

Box 5, Folder 2

Suffrage Day Luncheon, 1986, 1995

Box 5, Folder 3

Photographs, 1994

Box 5, Folder 4

Bolsa Chica meeting, 1997

Box 5, Folder 5

Great American Write-In scrapbook circa 1900-1999