Creator: League of Women Voters of Texas Creator

Collection #: S 568.1 Collection #

Language: English Language

Biographical Sketch

The League of Women Voters of Texas is a non-partisan organization that works to promote political responsibility through active informed participation of all citizens in their government. In 1919, the Texas Equal Suffrage Association evolved into the Texas League of Women Voters, and today is recognized as the League of Women Voters of Texas. Their hallmark activity is the circulation of Voters' Guides through newspapers prior to elections; locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally. The League's intent is dissemination of information on political candidates, and the objective promotion of "political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government." The organization's efforts, however, are by no means limited to politics, but also address issues on water, health care, hazardous wastes, education, energy, and such international concerns as the United Nations.

The records of the League of Women Voters of Texas also reflect socio-economic changes in the United States with the active organizational membership drives of the mid to late 1970s in response to American society's evolution into a two income family. Collectively, the materials provide researchers with invaluable insight into politics and political concerns on an international, national, statewide, and local basis.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials from national, state, and local files, financial materials, photographs, and publications of the National, Texas, and local leagues, as well as other state leagues. Also included are a study of the national league, scrapbooks, memorabilia, vice-presidential program files, and printed materials. The focus of the collection is on state committees and local units.

Highlights from the donation include the original 1919 minutes from the Texas Equal Suffrage Association authorizing the organizational conversion to the Texas League of Women Voters, films produced by the group on legislative processes, the 104th Congressional recognition given and signed by Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison on the 75th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Texas, and the flag that flew over the Texas capitol on that day.

Restrictions

Open for Research

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Halcyon Baggett Papers, 1944-1982, 1955-1982
  • James William Davis Papers, 1949-1968, 1957-1968
  • Georgia Wilson Dingus oral history interview [sound recording], 1972
  • Carolyn Jordan oral history interview [sound recording], 1986
  • League of Women Voters of Texas (Lubbock Chapter), 1945-1978
  • Shirley Reese Papers, 1967-1978
  • Mrs. Glen Woody oral history interview [sound recording], 1979

Preferred Citation

League of Women Voters of Texas Records, 1916-1997 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s): 86-0060-B, 96-0060-B, 97-0016-B, 97-0251-B, 98-0467-B, 99-0250-B, 99-0285-B

Gifts, 1971-1997

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2000

Additional Sources

"League of Women Voters of Texas." The New Handbook of Texas. Austin: The Texas State Historical Association, Vol. 4, 1996

Stuhler, Barbara. "For the Public Record: A Documentary History of the League of Women Voters." Westport, Connecticut, Greenwood Press, 2000.

Young, Louise M. "In the Public Interest: The League of Women Voters, 1920-1970." New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Collection Inventory

Box 1

Action Meeting, 1980

Administrative, 1972-1989

Administrative Organization

Administrative-Public Relations, 1972-1986 and undated

Air Conference, 1977-1978 and undated

Board Agendas and Minutes, 1976-1978

Board Lists, 1969-1977

Board Lists and Changes, 1969-1972

Board Members

Board Minutes, 1929-1942

Bylaws, 1971-1977 and undated

Conferences, 1977-1978 and undated

Constitutional Amendments, 1962-1973 and undated

Box2

Correspondence, 1929-1997 and undated

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

  • Folder 1, League Programs, 1956-1990 and undated
  • Folder 2, League Projects, Miscellaneous, 1966-1970 and undated

++++League of Women Voters, 1959-1992 and undated

    • Folder 3, Brownsville Chapter, 1967-1979 and undated
    • Folder 4, Brownsville Chapter, 1975-1979 and undated
    • Folder 5, Denton Chapter, 1963-1989 and undated
    • Folder 6, Edinburg and McAllen Chapter, 1949-1992 and undated
    • Folder 7, El Paso Chapter, 1969-1989 and undated
    • Folder 8, Fort Bend County Chapter, 1989 and undated
    • Folder 9, Gainesville Chapter, 1972-1989 and undated
    • Folder 10, Galveston Area, 1987-1988
    • Folder 11, Irving Chapter, 1959-1989 and undated
    • Folder 12, Kerrville Chapter, 1979-1986 and undated
    • Folder 13, Lubbock Chapter, 1969-1989 and undated

Box 7

    • Folder 1, Lubbock Chapter, 1971-1989 and undated
    • Folder 2, Marshall/Harrison Chapter, 1972-1989 and undated
    • Folder 3, Midland Chapter, 1968-1988 and undated
  • Folder 4, League of Women Voters of Texas, 1929-1931 and undated
  • Folder 5, Legal Services for the Poor, 1978-1981

++++Legislative, 1952-1987 and undated

    • Folder 6, Action, 1952-1967 and undated
    • Folder 7, Action, 1958-1959 and undated
    • Folder 8, Bills, 1975 and undated
    • Folder 9, Chairmen, 1970-1973 and undated
    • Folder 10, Committee, 1966-1969
    • Folder 11, Committee, 1967 and undated
    • Folder 12, Day, 1979 and undated
    • Folder 13, Day, 1979-1983
    • Folder 14, File, 1974-1976
    • Folder 15, Interviews, 1960-1972 and undated
    • Folder 16, Newsletters, 1977-1985 and undated
    • Folder 17, Office, 1982-1984
    • Folder 18, Office to Legislators, 1984-1987 and undated
    • Folder 19, Office Setup, 1969-1973 and undated
    • Folder 20, Projects, 1971-1974 and undated
    • Folder 21, Study Notes, 1966-1968
    • Folder 22, Survey, 1967-1970

Box 8

  • Folder 1, Legislators, 1980-1981 and undated
  • Folder 2, Legislators to Leagues, 1985-1988

++++Legislature, 1965-1972 and undated

    • Folder 3, Legislature, 1967-1972
    • Folder 4, Legislature, 1974 and undated
    • Folder 5, Action Possibilities, 1968-1970
    • Folder 6, Briefs, 1968-1969 and undated
    • Folder 7, Kit Supplement, 1965-1967 and undated
    • Folder 8, Kit #2, 1965-1967 and undated
    • Folder 9, Resource, 1965-1969 and undated
    • Folder 10, Speech, 1966-1969
  • Folder 11, Letters from Legislators, 1981-1983
  • Folder 12, Lobby Consensus, 1967-1969
  • Folder 13, Lobby Drafts, etc., 1967
  • Folder 14, Lobby School, 1970-1973 and undated
  • Folder 15, Lobbying and Other Resources, 1963-1970
  • Folder 16, Local Leagues to Legislators, 1981 and undated
  • Folder 17, Local Leagues to U. S. Congress People, 1985-1988 and undated
  • Folder 18, Local Programs, Victoria, 1970-1973
  • Folder 19, Longview, Texas Chapter, 1967-1978 and undated
  • Folder 20, Lubbock Bicentennial Committee, 1974-1975 and undated
  • Folder 21, Lubbock Chapter, 1964-1972 and undated
  • Folder 22, Lubbock Chapter, 1967 and undated
  • Folder 23, Lubbock Chapter, 1967-1977 and undated
  • Folder 24, Lubbock Chapter, 1969-1973 and undated
  • Folder 25, Lubbock League and Individuals, 1969-1973 and undated

++++LWV, 1969-1995 and undated

    • Folder 26, Austin, 1975-1989 and undated
    • Folder 27, Bay Area, 1973-1974 and undated

Box 9

    • Folder 1, Baytown, 1969-1994 and undated
    • Folder 2, Beaumont, 1975-1989 and undated
    • Folder 3, Brazos County, 1967-1995 and undated
    • Folder 4, Cleburne MAL, 1979-1995 and undated
    • Folder 5, Corpus Christi, 1969-1985 and undated
    • Folder 6, Dallas, (Folder 1) 1969-1989 and undated
    • Folder 7, Dallas, (Folder 2) 1969-1989 and undated
    • Folder 8, Dallas, (Folder 3) 1969-1989 and undated
  • Folder 9, Members at Large, 1980-1989

Box 10

  • Folder 1, Membership Administration, 1968-1986 and undated
  • Folder 2, Membership and Training, 1979-1990 and undated
  • Folder 3, Membership Lists, 1961-1976
  • Folder 4, MHMR (Mental Health/Mental Retardation) Study, Memos, and Letters, 1987-1988
  • Folder 5, Mental Illness Study, 1987-1988
  • Folder 6, Minutes and Membership, Brownsville Chapter, 1949-1962 and undated
  • Folder 7, Miscellaneous, 1940-1970 and undated
  • Folder 8, Miscellaneous, 1943-1952
  • Folder 9, Miscellaneous, 1962-1966 and undated
  • Folder 10, Miscellaneous, 1964-1967
  • Folder 11, Miscellaneous, 1967-1990
  • Folder 12, Miscellaneous, 1970-1985 and undated
  • Folder 13, Miscellaneous, 1972-1973 and undated
  • Folder 14, Miscellaneous, 1973-1974 and undated
  • Folder 15, Miscellaneous (Folder 1) 1975-1978 and undated
  • Folder 16, Miscellaneous, (Folder 2) 1975-1978

Box 11

  • Folder 1, Miscellaneous Letters, State Material, Finances, Speeches, etc., 1944-1946
  • Folder 2, Miscellaneous, Sherman County, 1968-1989 and undated
  • Folder 3, Miscellaneous State Material, Letters, Finances, Speeches, etc., 1944-1945 and undated
  • Folder 4, Miscellaneous State Material, Speeches, etc., 1944-1945
  • Folder 5, Miscellaneous, Wichita Falls, 1969-1979 and undated
  • Folder 6, Modernizing State Government, 1970-1980
  • Folder 7, Names of People, 1979 and undated
  • Folder 8, National Housing Program, 1973-1980 and undated
  • Folder 9, National Human Resources and Welfare Program, 1973-1982
  • Folder 10, National Municipal League, 1968-1969
  • Folder 11, National Program Community Correspondence, 1967
  • Folder 12, "A New Day Beyond ERA," Lubbock Rally, 1982 and undated
  • Folder 13, News Releases, 1974
  • Folder 14, Nominating Committee, 1984-1987 and undated
  • Folder 15, Nuclear Waste, 1980 and undated
  • Folder 16, Nuclear Waste Disposal Project, 1978-1983
  • Folder 17, Organization Workshops, 1980-1986
  • Folder 18, Orientation Skit, 1952-1963
  • Folder 19, Overseas Education Fund, 1968-1972
  • Folder 20, Pearland Area League of Women Voters (Jan Wilbur File), 1987-1989
  • Folder 21, Pension, Insurance, and Social Security, 1983-1985 and undated
  • Folder 22, "People First," (Folder 1) 1992-1997
  • Folder 23, "People First," (Folder 2) 1992-1997
  • Folder 24, Permanent State Office, 1967-1984

Box 12

  • Folder 1, Phase II Consensus Reports, 1967-1968
  • Folder 2, Phase III, Texas Legislature Consensus Surveys, 1967-1969
  • Folder 3, Plainview, Hale County, Texas Chapter, 1970-1974
  • Folder 4, Policies and Procedures, Wichita Falls, 1970-1973
  • Folder 5, Political Accountability Rating, 1979-1984
  • Folder 6, Political Campaign Process, 1991-1992 and undated
  • Folder 7, Pre-board and Agenda Reports, 1985-1987
  • Folder 8, Pre-board Mailing, 1965
  • Folder 9, Presidents' Council, 1965-1966 and undated
  • Folder 10, Presidents' Inter-board, 1981-1988
  • Folder 11, Presidential SOS, 1966-1967
  • Folder 12, Presidents' Letter, 1976-1986
  • Folder 13, Program Institutes, 1986
  • Folder 14, Program Management, 1983-1984
  • Folder 15, Program Planning, 1950-1973
  • Folder 16, Program Reports, 1970-1973 and undated
  • Folder 17, Projects, 1980-1981 and undated
  • Folder 18, Projects, Waco Chapter, 1969-1986 and undated
  • Folder 19, Proposed Emergency Study, 1982-1988
  • Folder 20, Public Relations, 1974 and undated
  • Folder 21, Regional Energy, 1977-1983 and undated
  • Folder 22, Regional Workshops for Texas Women, 1974-1976 and undated
  • Folder 23, Representative Government, 1973-1976
  • Folder 24, Request for Recognition, Pearland, 1970-1973 and undated
  • Folder 25, Rules, 1969-1970 and undated

Box 13

  • Folder 1, "Safe Drinking Water Act," 1976-1977 and undated
  • Folder 2, School Desegregation, 1968-1979
  • Folder 3, Selection and Tenure of Judges, 1957-1965
  • Folder 4, Seventeenth Biennial Council, Abilene, Texas, 1981-1982 and undated
  • Folder 5, Sixty-seventh Legislative Session, 1980-1981 and undated
  • Folder 6, Sixty-eighth Legislative Session, 1980-1984 and undated
  • Folder 7, Sixty-ninth Legislative Session, 1980-1984 and undated
  • Folder 8, South Jefferson County, Texas Chapter, 1969-1975
  • Folder 9, State Board Meeting, 1967-1972
  • Folder 10, State Board Meeting, 1980
  • Folder 11, State Convention, 1977
  • Folder 12, State Convention, 1977-1980 and undated
  • Folder 13, State Council, 1977-1978 and undated
  • Folder 14, State Legislative Action, 1968-1975 and undated
  • Folder 15, State-Local Relations, 1956-1961 and undated
  • Folder 16, State-Local Relations, 1962-1964 and undated
  • Folder 17, State-Local Relations, 1966-1971 and undated
  • Folder 18, State-Local Relations, 1966-1973 and undated
  • Folder 19, State of Texas Flag, 70th Anniversary of LWV of Texas, 1989 and undated
  • Folder 20, State Office, 1974 and undated
  • Folder 21, State Program, Executive, 1969-1971 and undated
  • Folder 22, State Resource, 1964-1966
  • Folder 23, State Voting Rights, 1970-1975
  • Folder 24, Status of Women, 1950-1956

Box 14

  • Folder 1, Strategy Action Committee, 1970-1972
  • Folder 2, Study and Action, 1971 and undated
  • Folder 3, Style and Drafting Committee, 1974 and undated
  • Folder 4, Submission and Transition Committee, 1974 and undated
  • Folder 5, Suffrage Rights, 1974 and undated
  • Folder 6, Suggestions for Legislative Director, 1976-1987
  • Folder 7, Support for League Projects, 1966-1979
  • Folder 8, Tarrant County, 1980-1988
  • Folder 9, The Texas Assembly, 1967-1968
  • Folder 10, Texas Board of Directors Meeting, Austin, Texas, 1980
  • Folder 11, Texas Board of Directors Meeting, Waco, Texas, 1980
  • Folder 12, Texas Center for Humanities and Public Policy, 1974-1976 and undated
  • Folder 13, Texas City-La Marque, Texas Chapter, (Folder 1) 1962-1979
  • Folder 14, Texas City-La Marque, Texas Chapter, (Folder 2) 1962-1979
  • Folder 15, Texas City-La Marque, Texas Chapter, (Folder 3) 1962-1979
  • Folder 16, Texas Commission on the Status of Women, 1974-1977 and undated

++++Texas Constitution, 1956-1977 and undated

    • Folder 17, Constitution, 1973-1975 and undated
    • Folder 18, Constitutional Convention, 1973-1974 and undated
    • Folder 19, Constitutional Review, 1965-1966
    • Folder 20, Constitutional Review, 1966
    • Folder 21, Constitutional Review, 1972-1973
    • Folder 22, Constitutional Review, 1974
    • Folder 23, Constitutional Review, Reports and Memos to Local Leagues, 1973-1977
    • Folder 24, Constitutional Revision, 1956-1958
    • Folder 25, Constitutional Revision, 1960-1967 and undated
    • Folder 26, Constitutional Revision, 1966-1967 and undated
    • Folder 27, Constitutional Revision, 1968-1971

Box 15

    • Folder 1, Constitutional Revision, 1969-1975 and undated
    • Folder 2, Constitutional Revision, 1971-1973 and undated
    • Folder 3, Constitutional Revision, 1972-1976 and undated
    • Folder 4, Constitutional Revision, 1973-1974 and undated
    • Folder 5, Constitutional Revision, 1974-1975
    • Folder 6, Constitutional Revision, 1975-1976 and undated
    • Folder 7, Constitutional Revision, Constitutional Comments, 1973-1975
    • Folder 8, Constitutional Revision, Testimonies Before the Commission, 1973-1974
    • Folder 9, Constitutional Revision, Time for Action: Responses, 1974
  • Folder 10, Texas Council, Abilene, Texas, 1982
  • Folder 11, Texas Council, Austin, Texas, 1985
  • Folder 12, Texas Council, College Station, Texas, 1986
  • Folder 13, Texas Council, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1984
  • Folder 14, Texas Council, Dallas, Texas, 1983
  • Folder 15, Texas Council, Waco, Texas, 1979-1980
  • Folder 16, Texas Democratic Women of Lubbock County, 1988-1990 and undated
  • Folder 17, Texas Education Fund, 1966-1974 and undated
  • Folder 18, Texas Education Fund, 1967-1980 and undated
  • Folder 19, Texas Education Fund Project, 1981-1986
  • Folder 20, The Texas Executive Department, 1971-1972 and undated

Box 16

++++Texas Legislature, 1962-1973 and undated

    • Folder 1, Texas Legislative Service, 1962-1972 and undated
    • Folder 2, Miscellaneous, 1967-1969 and undated
    • Folder 3, Miscellaneous, 1968
    • Folder 4, Consensus, 1967-1971 and undated
    • Folder 5, Film, 1967-1968 and undated
    • Folder 6, General, 1953-1973
    • Folder 7, Interview Committee, 1971
    • Folder 8, Reform, 1972-1973
    • Folder 9, 61st, 1969 and undated
  • Folder 10, Town Meetings Committee 70, 1968-1971 and undated
  • Folder 11, Transportation, 1974
  • Folder 12, Transportation, 1975
  • Folder 13, Transportation, 1976 and undated
  • Folder 14, Treasurer's Report, 1978-1979 and undated
  • Folder 15, Traditional Advisory Board, Sister Regina Foppe, 1973-1974 and undated
  • Folder 16, 25th Anniversary, undated
  • Folder 17, Upward Bound, 1967-1968 and undated
  • Folder 18, Urban Coalition, 1969
  • Folder 19, Utility Committee, 1970-1974
  • Folder 20, Voter Article Suggestions, 1983-1987
  • Folder 21, Voter Registration, 1960-1966 and undated
  • Folder 22, Voters' Guides, 1968-1971
  • Folder 23, Voting Rights, 1972 and undated
  • Folder 24, Voting Rights, 1973-1979
  • Folder 25, Voting Rights, 1974-1976
  • Folder 26, White House Conference on Aging, 1980-1981
  • Folder 27, Wingspread Project, 1979-1980 and undated

Box 17

  • Folder 1, Women Under Texas Law, 1981-1986 and undated
  • Folder 2, Women's Coalition, 1974-1976 and undated
  • Folder 3, Women's Legislative Days, 1984-1985
  • Folder 4, Workshops, 1977-1989 and undated
  • Folder 5, Workshops, 1982-1983

Dallas Chapter, League of Women Voters, 1929-1931 and undated

  • Folder 6, Forfeiture of Recognition as a Local Entity, 1929-1931 and undated

Energy Position Papers, 1975-1981 and undated

  • Folder 7, Bibliography, General, 1979-1980 and undated
  • Folder 8, Building Energy Performance Standards, 1979-1980 and undated
  • Folder 9, Correspondence, 1977-1979 and undated
  • Folder 10, Energy Issues, 1975-1981
  • Folder 11, Legislative Interview Feedback, 1983 and undated
  • Folder 12, Legislative Newsletters, 1977-1979 and undated
  • Folder 13, National Energy Plan III, 1980-1981
  • Folder 14, 67th Legislature, 1981 and undated
  • Folder 15, Solar Bibliography, 1979
  • Folder 16, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, 1977-1979

Environmental Quality, 1973

  • Folder 17, Solid Waste Consensus Reports, 1973

Ethnic Breakdown of Students, 1967-1983 and undated

  • Folder 18, Federal Programs, 1967-1983 and undated

Facts and Issues, 1967

  • Folder 19, Legislature and Governor, 1967
  • Folder 20, Structure and Procedures, 1967

Film and Video, 1967-1979 and undated

  • Folder 21, "Inside the Texas Legislature," 1967
  • Folder 22, "Inside the Texas Legislature, Dallas Chapter," 1967
  • Folder 23, Nuclear Waste Documentary, 1977-1979 and undated
  • Folder 24, Nuclear Waste Script, 1979 and undated

Financial Material, 1927-1991 and undated

  • Folder 25, Abilene, Texas Chapter, 1972-1976
  • Folder 26, Ad Hoc Committee on Financial Support, 1975-1977
  • Folder 27, Amarillo, Texas Chapter, 1974-1977 and undated
  • Folder 28, Annual Reports, 1950-1974
  • Folder 29, Auditor's Reports, 1969-1971
  • Folder 30, Auditor's Reports, 1973
  • Folder 31, Auditor's Reports, 1974
  • Folder 32, Auditor's Reports, 1975
  • Folder 33, Auditor's Reports, 1976
  • Folder 34, Auditor's Reports, 1977
  • Folder 35, Austin, Texas Chapter, 1975-1980
  • Folder 36, Bay Area, Texas Chapter, 1973
  • Folder 37, Baytown, Texas Chapter, 1973-1978

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