Guide to the National Women's Political Caucus of Santa Clara County Chapter Records MSS.2013.03.01

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: National Women's Political Caucus of Santa Clara County Chapter Records
source: National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.). Santa Clara County, California
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2013.03.01
Physical Description: 8 boxes (7 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1971-2002
Abstract: This collection documents the Santa Clara County Chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), 1973-2002. It consists of administrative and financial records, publicity materials, campaign materials, ephemera and various documents related to other California NWPC chapters.


The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

National Women's Political Caucus of Santa Clara County Chapter Records, MSS-2013-03-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Organizational/Biographical History

The National Women's Political Caucus was founded in 1971 by a group of prominent women that included Gloria Steinem, former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, former Congresswoman Bella Abzug, Dorothy Height, and Jill Ruckelshaus as the only national organization dedicated exclusively to increasing women's participation in all areas of political and public life. Subsequently, the Santa Clara County Caucus was established in 1973, as a way to specifically help elect female politicians to local government. Through financial and moral support, the local Santa Clara County Caucus promoted and helped elect the first female mayor of San Jose, Janet Gray Hayes, as well as Susan Hammer, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren and many more female politicians to all levels of government regardless of party affiliation. In 2002, the Santa Clara County Caucus disbanded due to inactivity.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection documents the Santa Clara County Chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus, 1973-2002. The collection consists of administrative records, Political Action Committee (PAC) materials, publicity materials, memorabilia and documents relating to other NWPC California Chapters. Materials found in this collection include: meeting minutes, correspondence, membership lists, financial and legal records, organizational voting ballots, bylaws and procedures, candidate interviews and questionnaires, newsletters, and a banner.


This collection has been arranged into six series: Series I. Administrative History, 1973-2002; Series II. Campaign Political Action Committee Materials, 1976-2000; Series III. Publicity Materials, 1977-2000; Series IV. Memorabilia; Series V. Other Caucus Chapters, 1976-1998; Series VI. Additional Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Women -- California -- San Jose -- Societies and clubs
National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.)
Women -- Political participation -- Santa Clara County (Calif.)
Women in politics -- California -- History
Women political activists -- Santa Clara County (Calif.)
National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.). Santa Clara County, California


Administrative Files and Mailing Lists 1971-2000

Scope and Contents

This series documents the administrative history of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) Santa Clara County from 1973-2000. It includes meeting minutes, correspondence, financial and legal records, membership lists, directories and records, as well as organizational voting ballots, bylaws and procedures. In addition, there are materials documenting the Annual NWPC Conventions in 1976, 1980, and 1990-1992 held in San Jose and San Francisco as well as a detailed history of the National Women's Political Caucus. Also included in this series are three boxes of the organization's mailing lists in the format of 4"x6" note cards.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 1, Folder 1

Administrative Organizational Materials

Box 1, Folder 2

Agendas 1991-1994

Box 1, Folder 3

Ballots 1994-1998

Box 1, Folder 4

Caucus Credential Requirement Reports

Box 1, Folder 5

Christi Welter Files

Box 1, Folder 6

Convention 1980

Box 1, Folder 7

Convention 1990-1992

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence 1978-2001

Box 1, Folder 11

Demographic Surveys

Box 1, Folder 13

Executive Board Materials

Box 1, Folder 14

Fax Reports

Box 1, Folder 15

Fair Political Practices Commission Forms

Box 1, Folder 16

Financial Records and Reports 1975-1976

Box 1, Folder 17

Financial Records: Bank Statements, Account Records, Receipts, and Copies of Checks 1991

Box 1, Folder 18

Financial Records: Receipts, Checks and Expenditures 1992

Box 1, Folder 19

Financial Records: Transaction Report 1992

Box 1, Folder 20

Financial Records: Bank Statements 1992

Box 1, Folder 21

Financial Records: Bank Statements, Receipts, Checks, and Account Records 1993

Box 1, Folder 22

Financial Records: Transaction/Treasury Report 1993-1995

Box 1, Folder 23

Financial Records: Bank Statements, Receipts, Copies of Checks, and Account Records 1994

Box 1, Folder 24

Financial Records: Bank Statements, Bills, Receipts and Reimbursements 1995

Box 1, Folder 25

Financial Records: Bank Statements, Bills, and Receipts 1996

Box 1, Folder 26

Financial Records: Transaction Reports 1996

Box 1, Folder 27

Financial Records: Bank Statements, Bills, Receipts and Checks 1997

Box 1, Folder 28

Financial Records: Transaction/Treasurer Reports 1997

Box 1, Folder 29

Financial Records: Bank Statements, Bills, Receipts, and Checks 1998

Box 1, Folder 30

Financial Records: Bank Statements 1999

Box 1, Folder 31

Financial Records: Bank Statements, Bills, and Receipts 1999-2002

Box 1, Folder 32

History of the NWPC: Santa Clara County 1971-1990

Box 1, Folder 33

History Project

Box 1, Folder 34

Legislative Materials

Box 1, Folder 35


Box 1, Folder 36

Mailing Lists undated

Box 2

Mailing List A-G

Box 3

Mailing List H-Q

Box 4

Mailing List R-Z

Box 1, Folder 37

Meeting Minutes 1973

Box 1, Folder 38

Meeting Minutes 1974

Box 1, Folder 39

Meeting Minutes 1975

Box 1, Folder 40

Meeting Minutes 1976

Box 1, Folder 41

Meeting Minutes 1977

Box 1, Folder 42

Meeting Minutes 1978

Box 1, Folder 43

Meeting Minutes 1979

Box 1, Folder 44

Meeting Minutes 1980-1981

Box 1, Folder 45

Meeting Minutes 1992

Box 1, Folder 46

Meeting Minutes 1993

Box 1, Folder 47

Meeting Minutes 1994

Box 1, Folder 48

Meeting Minutes 1995

Box 1, Folder 49

Meeting Minutes 1996

Box 1, Folder 50

Meeting Minutes 1997-1998

Box 1, Folder 51

Membership Directory undated

Box 1, Folder 52

Membership Directory 1973-1976

Box 1, Folder 53

Membership Directory 1984

Box 1, Folder 54

Membership Directory 1990-1996

Box 1, Folder 55

Membership Materials 1999

Box 1, Folder 56

Membership Policies and Procedures

Box 1, Folder 57

Membership Renewals

Box 1, Folder 58

Membership Renewals and Acquisitions List

Box 1, Folder 59

Membership Reports 1996, 1999

Box 5, Folder 1

Membership Reports and Updates 1991-2001

Box 5, Folder 2

Miscellaneous Memos and Notes

Box 5, Folder 3

Motion Forms

Box 5, Folder 4

Organizational By laws and Procedures

Box 5, Folder 5

Procedures, Goals and Objectives 1973-1976

Box 5, Folder 6

Proposed By-Laws and Guidelines for Committees 1973

Box 5, Folder 7

Questionnaires and Forms

Box 5, Folder 8

School District Election Materials

Box 5, Folder 9

Senate Bill no. 1541


Campaign Political Action Committee Materials 1976-2000

Scope and Contents

This series documents the Political Action Committees (PAC) of the organization created to find potential political candidates to endorse. Potential candidates filled out questionnaires that would help the caucus determine the candidate's stance on women's issues such as federally funded day care, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Following the questionnaire, potential candidates would then be interviewed by 4-5 caucaus members to further determine how the potential candidate would help support women's issues. Candidates would then be notified via mail whether or not the NWPC would endorse them. As the organization was non-partisan, Democrat and Republican women candidates would be endorsed. In addition, the caucus also endorsed male political candidates; however, male candidates could not receive funding per the policies of National Women's Poltitcal Caucas.
Included within this series are candidate interviews and questionaires from various men and women politicians such as Ron Didiron Jr, Miriam E. Wolff, Frank Biehl, Maureen Hansen, Pete Carrillo, Ken Yeager and many other candidates; correspondence to and from candidates; nomination recommendations and reports; candidate's publicity materials and the Political Action Committee strategies and procedures.


This series is arranged alphabetically and then by date.
Box 5, Folder 10

Candidate Endorsement Ballots 1990

Box 5, Folder 11

Candidate Endorsement Material

Box 5, Folder 12

Candidate Endorsement Policy 1993

Box 5, Folder 13

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1978-1980

Box 5, Folder 14

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1990

Box 5, Folder 15

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1992 (1 of 2)

Box 5, Folder 16

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1992 (2 of 2)

Box 5, Folder 17

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1993 (1 of 2)

Box 5, Folder 18

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1993 (2 of 2)

Box 5, Folder 19

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1994 (1 of 2)

Box 5, Folder 20

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1994 (2 of 2)

Box 5, Folder 21

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1996

Box 5, Folder 22

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1997

Box 5, Folder 23

Candidate Interviews and Questionnaires 1998

Box 5, Folder 24

Candidate Nomination Reports 1994

Box 5, Folder 25

Candidate Nomination Reports 2000

Box 5, Folder 26

Candidate Publicity Materials

Box 5, Folder 27

Correspondence to Candidates (1 of 2)

Box 5, Folder 28

Correspondence to Candidates (2 of 2)

Box 5, Folder 29

Election Feasibilty amd Candidate Screening Committee Materials

Box 5, Folder 30

Endorsement Applicants 1991

Box 5, Folder 31

Endorsement Recommendations 1993

Box 5, Folder 32

Incomplete Candidate Questionaires

Box 5, Folder 33

Interview Schedules and Timelines

Box 5, Folder 34

Political Action Committee Roster

Box 5, Folder 35

Political Action Committee Process Materials

Box 5, Folder 36

Political Action Committee Strategies and Procedures


Publicity Materials 1977-2002

Scope and Contents

This series consists of the organization's publicity materials including newsletters, flyers for events and activities such as the sexual harrassment lecture titled "Speak Out/Teach In on Sexual Harrasment...You are not Alone," press releases, promotional materials and spaghetti dinner materials. Other printed matter from non-NWPC organizations is included, such as the Community Coalition Network, an organization based in San Diego County that advocates a sectarian-free society are represented. Scholars interested in feminism and women in politics will find useful material on the "50/50 by 2000" campaign, a bi-partisan movement started by George A. Dean and supported by organizations such as the (NWPC) and National Organization for Women (NOW) to achieve gender equality in federal and state governments by the year 2000. Also of interest within the series are two DAWN Reports, a monthly newsletter produced by Democratic Activists for Women Now, and "Women in Action Lobby Day," an event designed to educate state policymakers on issues relating to sexual harassment and reproductive freedom.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject matter.
Box 5, Folder 37

50/50 by 2000 Campaign

Box 5, Folder 38

"Career Closet"

Box 5, Folder 39

Caucus Communicator

Box 5, Folder 40

"Choice Bits" Newsletter 1992

Box 5, Folder 41

Coalition of Labor Union Women News 1997

Box 5, Folder 42

Community Coalition Network Materials

Box 5, Folder 43

The DAWN Report 1993,1998

Box 5, Folder 44

Events and Activities Publicity materials 1991-1997

Box 5, Folder 45

Hal Plotkin Articles 1980-1986

Box 5, Folder 46

Hal Plotkin Letters

Box 5, Folder 47

Metro Magazine 1990-1993

Box 5, Folder 48

Miscellaneous Articles Related to Women's Issues

Box 5, Folder 49

FPA News 1992

Box 5, Folder 50

NOW Newsletter 1995

Box 5, Folder 51

Newsletter Production Materials

Box 5, Folder 52

Newsletters 1974-1989

Box 5, Folder 53

Newsletters 1990

Box 5, Folder 54

Newsletters 1991

Box 6, Folder 1

Newsletters 1992

Box 6, Folder 2

Newsletters 1993

Box 6, Folder 3

Newsletters 1994

Box 6, Folder 4

Newsletters 1995

Box 6, Folder 5

Newsletters 1996

Box 6, Folder 6

Newsletters 1997

Box 6, Folder 7

Newsletters 1998

Box 6, Folder 8

Newsletters 2000

Box 6, Folder 9

Photos undated

Box 6, Folder 10

Planned Parenthood 1992

Box 6, Folder 11

Press Release

Box 6, Folder 12

Non-Organizational Printed Matter

Box 6, Folder 13

Pro-Choice Materials

Box 6, Folder 14

Promotional Materials

Box 6, Folder 15

Retirement Speech

Box 6, Folder 16

Silent Auction

Box 6, Folder 17

Spaghetti Dinner Materials 1992-1998

Box 6, Folder 18

"Speak Out/Teach In on Sexual Harrasment...You are not Alone" and Other Related Materials 1992

Box 6, Folder 19

Women in Action: Lobby Day 1992

Box 6, Folder 20

Women's Political Times 1993-2000



Scope and Contents

This series consists of a collection of textiles that includes a large fabric banner that reads "National Women's Political Caucus."


This series is arranged by format.
Box 8

Spaghetti Dinner Aprons

Box 8


Box 7

NWPC Banner


Other Caucus Chapters 1976-2002

Scope and Contents

This series consists of a variety of documents including newsletters, financial records, correspondence, meeting minutes and membership rosters primarily from the NWPC: California Chapter. In addition, there are limited materials from other NWPC caucuses including Kern County, Orange County, and Santa Barbara.


This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 6, Folder 21

Affirmative Action Plan, Program, and Reports 1978-1991

Box 6, Folder 22

AFL-CIO Questionnaires 1993

Box 6, Folder 23

California Quarterly 1997-2001

Box 6, Folder 24

Correspondence 1976-1997

Box 6, Folder 25

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee List 1993

Box 6, Folder 26

Endorsement Policies and Procedures

Box 6, Folder 27

Financial Records 1988-1991

Box 6, Folder 28

Gazette, A Journal of Membership News, Dues, and Views 2001

Box 6, Folder 29

Incomplete Canidate Questionnaires

Box 6, Folder 30

Meeting Minutes 1980-1991

Box 6, Folder 31

Membership Reports 1997-1998

Box 6, Folder 32

Membership Roster 1990-1992

Box 6, Folder 33

Organizational By-Laws and Procedures 1990-1992

Box 6, Folder 34

California: Organizational Material 1976

Box 6, Folder 35

Orange County: Organizational Material 1974-1975

Box 6, Folder 36

Reports 1992

Box 6, Folder 37

State Steering Committee 1975-1980


Additional Materials circa 1990-1999

Scope and Contents

This addition documents the NWPC: Santa Clara County Chapter duirng the 1990s. The contents include a 1992 State convention packet, membership lists, and "Democratic Politics in California" by Val Muchowski, an overview on the California Democratic Party.


This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 6, Folder 38

Blank Interview Questionnaires

Box 6, Folder 39

Campaign Governmental Forms

Box 6, Folder 40

Campaign Statement Form 490: Margie Fernandez

Box 6, Folder 41

Candidate Correpsondence

Box 6, Folder 42

Candidate Publicity Materials

Box 6, Folder 43

"Democratic Politics in California" by Val Muchowski

Box 6, Folder 44

Donors for Charlotte Powers Campaign

Box 6, Folder 45

Endorsement Ballots

Box 6, Folder 46

Interview Process Materials

Box 6, Folder 47

List of Executive Women

Box 6, Folder 48

Monterary Contribution Form 490

Box 6, Folder 49

Membership List 1992-1998

Box 6, Folder 50

PAC Endorsement Criteria: California

Box 6, Folder 51

Publicity Materials

Box 6, Folder 52

State Conference 1992

Box 6, Folder 52

State Craft Software