This collection documents the activities of the League of Women Voters of Louisville/Jefferson County from 1920 to 1980 and includes organizational records, program files, minutes and proceedings from conventions and general councils, publications, photographs, and ephemera.
The copyright interests in the League of Women Voters of Louisville/Jefferson County Records have not been transferred to the University of Louisville.
53 linear feet (40 records center boxes, 3 manuscript boxes, 2 flats, and 10 oversized items)
Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization with two main purposes: to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The organization's name, like its mission, derives from the proud legacy of the women's suffrage movement. With more than a hundred thousand members and supporters nationwide, the League of Women Voters works at the local, state, and national levels, paralleling the levels of American government. It is organized in more than one thousand communities, in all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The league's hallmark is its unique grassroots approach to study and action, with all positions taken based on nationwide study, and consensus among members. Members may join through any level of the league, and with membership comes the opportunity to work on local, state, regional, and national public policy issues. Local leagues set their local programs, priorities and dues; state leagues set the statewide agenda.
Prepared by Richard R. Lampson, Student Assistant
Cynthia Stevenson, Project Archivist
L. Dale Patterson, Associate Archivist
Thomas L. Owen, Project Director
January 31, 1989