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Guide to the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Collection, 1911-2017
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Collection
    Dates: 1911-2017
    Identification: URB/LWVLA
    Creator: League of Women Voters of Los Angeles
    Physical Description: 61.59 linear feet
    Language of Materials:

    English

    Spanish; Castilian
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: 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.
    Note:
    Other Information:
    Processing of this collection was supported in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Historical Note:

    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.
    Many changes in local, state, and national legislation occurred through the Los Angeles League's efforts. In the late 1920s, national and California chapters worked together to establish a formal voter registration system. California adopted such a system in 1930. The League also helped revamp the civil service system within California, which had been in place since 1913, and worked in support of numerous reforms to the state constitution.
    Over the years, the Los Angeles League has focused its energy and attention toward voter education and other voter service activities with a special focus in some eras on educating California residents from other parts of the country. Issues of ongoing significance to the League in Los Angeles have included crime, housing, homelessness, childcare, criminal justice, education, public health, the environment, and the city charter, among others.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Ephemera
    Maps
    Paper records
    Photographic material
    Scrapbooks

    Administrative Information

    Accruals:

    1981, 1985, 2011, 2016

    Conditions Governing Use:

    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.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Local League Files, 1911-2017
        Subseries A: Administrative Files, circa 1911-2017
        Subseries B: Working Files, 1925-2015
    Series II: Los Angeles County Files, 1920-2016
    Series III: California Files, 1925-2015
    Series IV: Scrapbooks and Photographs, 1939-2007

    Scope and Contents

    The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Collection documents the Los Angeles League's establishment and evolution from 1911 to 2017. 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. The collection is arranged in four major series: Local League Files (1911-2017), Los Angeles County Files (1920-2016), California Files (1925-2015), and Scrapbooks and Photographs (1939-2007).
    Series I, Local League Files, documents LWVLA's work in Los Angeles. It has been divided into two subseries: Administrative Files (1911-2017) and Working Files (1925-2015). The Administrative Files document LWVLA's internal operations, administration, and management, as well as its communications and interactions with League members from other locations around the United States. The subseries consists primarily of annual reports, board of directors agendas and meeting minutes, bylaws, correspondence, financial documentation, annual convention materials, documentation of unit mergers, program planning materials, and more. It is filed alphabetically. The Working Files document LWVLA's investigative efforts into myriad issues of public interest in Los Angeles. It consists of articles, booklets, brochures, pamphlets, reports, statements, clippings, correspondence, and other materials on numerous subjects, including statewide propositions, city and county ballot measures, environmental issues, election procedures, candidate forums, housing, city planning, the Los Angeles City Charter, education, health care, crime, criminal justice, women's rights, and more. It is filed alphabetically.
    Series II, Los Angeles County Files, documents interaction between LWVLA and other League units in Los Angeles County. It consists of reports, bulletins, newsletters, and yearbooks, of the Los Angeles County Chapter of the League of Women Voters, as well as issues of the Intra-League Newsletter and Los Angeles County Voter. It also contains materials documenting county-wide meetings, reports distinct neighborhoods and regions of Los Angeles, information about the League's restructuring in the 1970s, and more. It is filed alphabetically.
    Series III, California Files, documents LWVLA's interaction with the League of Women Voters of California, and its participation in statewide League events, especially conventions. It consists of annual reports, board reports, treasurer's reports, yearbooks, newsletters, and more. Guides and handbooks prepared by the California League on such subjects as voting, education, and volunteering used by League members are also included. It is filed alphabetically.
    Series IV, Scrapbooks and Photographs, includes loose photographs, slides, and negatives taken at LWVLA-organized events and activities around Los Angeles, and several scrapbooks prepared by LWVLA and other League units that primarily contain press clippings. While many are comprised of publicity, a few focus on particular events, including the 1976 Carter-Ford debate and a 1953 United Nations project. Photographic materials is arranged alphabetically, and scrapbooks are arranged by size.