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League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley Records
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  • Sponsor
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information

  • Title: League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley Records
    Creator: League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley
    Identifier/Call Number: 0052
    Contributing Institution: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Special Collections and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 17.8 Linear Feet(38 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1956-2005
    Abstract: The collection chronicles the activities of the League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley and its state and national counterparts over the course of several decades. The collection includes studies and reports on issues, correspondence with lawmakers, information about candidates' forums held by the organization, the organization's newsletters, and other records documenting the organization's operations.

    Sponsor

    The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley Records, Collection no. 0052, Pomona Valley Historical Collection, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was donated to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona by the League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley in 2005.

    Biographical / Historical

    The League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley is a local organization belonging to the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan civic organization that was formed in 1920. The League of Women Voters and local leagues are involved in two main functions: studying issues and then advocating for or against certain policies and informing voters about elections and the voting process.
    The East San Gabriel Valley League started in June of 1956 when 43 women met at the home of Phyllis Ogden, who was later elected president of the organization. The organization's initial name, as indicated in its early newsletters, was the "Provisional League of Women Voters of West Covina." The organization sought official status in November of 1957 and the national organization granted the status in January of 1958.
    The new League was active in local affairs, forming an "Observer Corps" to attend meetings of the West Covina City Council, local school board, and meetings of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The League also became involved in local studies to evaluate West Covina's Master Plan and develop a Recreational and Cultural Survey. Later, the organization was involved in a study of the West Covina annexation to the Metropolitan Water District, a study that produced consensus and enabled the League to support the annexation.
    In 1969, the League officially became the League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley. The name change allowed the local organization to extend membership and participation to nine surrounding communities. In addition to studying local issues, the organization also holds candidate forums, bringing together voters and candidates for public office.
    Over the years, the League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley has focused on a number of issues to study, including water and air quality, waste management, transportation, and land use. In 1994, the organization was also one of 500 local Leagues that was awarded a grant to participate in a Community Town Hall Meeting teleconference about health care in the United States. The local League is still active as of 2017.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection includes studies, reports, correspondence, press releases, news clippings, computer disks, and other records documenting the history and activities of the League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley over a nearly five-decade period from 1955 to 2005.
    The records contain information about issues that the League and its state and national counterparts studied and the issues on which the organizations took action, including health care, housing, juvenile justice, and the Equal Rights Amendment. There are also reports and other materials related to state and local measures and issues, including California's Proposition 13 and local water and land use issues. The collection also includes correspondence with lawmakers including former United States Senator Alan Cranston and former Congress members from California, David Dreier and Esteban Torres.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following series: Series 1. Administration and Operations; Series 2. Program: Study and Action; Series 3. Voters Service and Citizen Information; Series 4. Publications.

    Processing Information

    The collection was initially processed by members of the League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley in 2005. The collection underwent further processing and the finding aid was revised in 2018 by Rob Strauss, Alex Dan, Elainna-Marie Herrera, and Emily Chavarria to enhance findability and access. The collection number was changed from SC2005.12 to 0052 and the collection title changed from League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley Collection to League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley Records.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    League of Women Voters (U.S.)
    San Gabriel River Valley (Calif.)