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Guide to the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Collection, 1911-2017
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Description
In 1921 the League of Women Voters, a national organization, merged with an existing women's organization in California, the California Civic League, which already had chapters in many cities throughout the state. Women in Los Angeles established a chapter that same year, and participated in the first statewide League of Women Voters convention in California in 1922. The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Collection documents the Los Angeles League's establishment and evolution from 1921 to 2016. The majority of the records in the collection were created by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (LWVLA), with fewer materials created by the League of Women Voters of California and League of Women Voters of the United States. The collection primarily consists of printed matter created or collected by LWVLA, including minutes, agendas, booklets, fact sheets, flyers, League position statements, member training aids, public relations material, reports, speeches, election materials, research files, press clippings, and more.
Background
In 1921 the League of Women Voters, a year-old national organization, merged with an existing women's organization in California, the California Civic League, which already had chapters in many cities throughout the state. Women in Los Angeles established a chapter that same year, and participated in the first statewide League of Women Voters convention in California in 1922. In keeping with its philosophy that continuing political education is necessary to the success of any democratic government, the League is a non-partisan organization with members who subscribe to myriad political beliefs. Its primary purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active citizen participation in government. The League works to promote education, government efficiency, legislative actions that support a democratic society, and international cooperation. It focuses on the qualifications individual candidates possess rather than supporting or opposing them, and in general supports and organizes a number of programs and projects to inform the electorate and help citizens vote.
Extent
61.59 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
This collection is open for research use.