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League of Women Voters
 
 
Collection 124
League of Women Voters of Lafayette, Louisiana. Records, 1945- 1992
3 feet, 9 inches, 3 volumes
 
The League of Women Voters of Lafayette was organized in 1945. The founders were Mrs. Martha G. Robinson, State President of the Louisiana League, Mrs. Hollis Long, Mrs. A. G. Mallison, Mrs. O. J. Ory, Mrs. J. A. Anders, Mrs. Fred Bates, Mrs. Ira Nelson, Mrs. Inez Neyland, Mrs. R. H. Belyard and Mrs. Scranton Mouton. The organization was officially chartered in January 1946, with thirty-three members.

The main objective of the League of Women Voters of Lafayette is to work for better city and parish government, better schools, and the participation of all citizens in the democratic system. These and other endeavors undertaken by the Lafayette League complement and parallel the aims and programs of the state and national leagues. One of the League's most important function is Voters Services. This is a continuous effort designed to politically educate individual citizens. Examples of Voters Services include holding meetings where voters can question candidates, giving citizens first hand knowledge of governmental operations, campaigning to get people to register to vote, and insuring honest elections. It also provides non-partisan factual data on candidates and issues, and publishes various voter information bulletins. Other good governmental concerns of the League include programs designed to better roads and highways and to provide better education through better facilities and by informing citizens of the problems and needs of the school system.

Financial support for the League comes from membership dues and from both member and non member contributions. There is an annual finance drive conducted by the members of the League to solicit contributions from individuals and businesses in the community.

This collection contains incomplete internal records of the Lafayette League from its founding. There are also items which show the connectional relationship among local, state, and national leagues. The subject series reflects the range of issues addressed by the League and shows the sort of information marshalled to study these concerns. Much of this information comes from the national office as part of an extremely broad and active publication program. For other records of the Lafayette League especially in the 1960s and 1970s, see the Ollie T. Osborne Papers - Collection 93.

This collection was donated by Kay Bates, a charter member of the Lafayette League.
 
Series:
 
I. Records      
           
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette      
    1. Minutes 1-01 thru 1-09
    2. Bulletins 1-10 thru 1a-2
    3. Miscellaneous Correspondence 1a-03
    4. Publicity, 1954-1961 1-09 thru 1-10
    5. Treasury Records, Budgets, Financial Matters 2-01 thru 2-03
    6. Membership Lists 2-04
    7. Reports 2-05
    8. By-Laws 2-06
    9. Policies, Planning, and Overviews 2-07
           
  B. State: LWV of Louisiana  
    1. State Conventions and Workshops 2-08 thru 2-10
    2. State Board and State Office 2-11 thru 2-12
    3. Bulletins 2-13 thru 2-14
    4. Correspondence 3-01
    5. Treasury Records 3-02
    6. Membership Lists 3-03
         
  C. National: LWV of United States  
    1. Conventions 3-04 thru 3-05
    2. Bulletins 3-06 thru 3-07
    3. Communications with Local Leagues; Publications; etc. 3-08 thru 3-13
    4. Other Local Leagues, 1956 4-01
    5. By-laws 4-02
    6. Miscellaneous Correspondence 4-03
    7. Miscellaneous Publications 4-04 thru 4-11
         
II. Subjects  
       
  A. Local  
    1. Civil Service 4-12
    2. Voter Service 4-13 thru 4-16
    3. Local Government 4-17 thru 5-04
    4. School System and Education 5-05 thru 5-06
    5. Roads and Highways 5-07 thru 5-08
    6. Taxes 5-09 thru 5-10
    7. Police Jury 5-11
    8. Criminal Law 5-12
    9. Home Rule 5-13
         
  B. State  
    1. Civil Service 5-14
    2. Legislative Action 5-15 thru 6-01
    3. Constitutional Revision and Amending; Constitution Convention Delegates 6-02 thru 6-05
    4. School System and Education 6-06 thru 6-10
    5. Voting [Elections, Registration, etc.] 6-11 thru 7-03
    6. Taxes and Assessments 7-04 thru 7-05
    7. Home Rule 7-06
         
  C. National  
    1. International Relations (including UN) 8-01 thru 8-04
    2. Budgetary Policies and Procedures 8-05
    3. Political Effectiveness 8-06
    4. Anti-Communism Controversy 8-07
    5. Miscellaneous 8-08
         
  Artifacts 2 items
    Solicitation Cards Box 10
     
  Oversize 3 volumes
         
     
Inventory:
 
I. Records
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette      
    1. Minutes, 1955-1963      
   
1-01 Minutes: Board of Directors and membership meetings, 1955-1956, incomplete
1-02 Minutes: 1957-1958, incomplete
1-03 Minutes: 1959-1961, incomplete
1-04 Minutes: 1962-1963, incomplete
1-05 Minutes: 1979: March 28 and board of director 1979 and 1980, incomplete
1-06 Minutes: annual meeting, 1972-1992, incomplete
1-07 Minutes: monthly board meeting, 1969-1971
1-08 Minutes: monthly board meeting, 1972-1975
1-09 Minutes: monthly board meeting, 1988-1989
   
I. Records      
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette      
    2. Bulletins, 1951-1965, 1972-1991    
             
1-10 LWV of Lafayette League Letter, 1951-1957, incomplete
1-11 LWV of Lafayette League Letter, 1958-1961, incomplete
1-12 LWV of Lafayette Bulletins and League Letters, 1962-1965, incomplete
1-13 LWV of Lafayette Bulletins, 1972, 1979, incomplete
1-14 LWV of Lafayette Bulletins, 1980, incomplete
1-15 LWV of Lafayette Bulletins, 1986, 1987
1-16 LWV of Lafayette Bulletins, 1988
1-17 LWV of Lafayette Bulletins, 1989
Box 1a  
1a-01 LWV of Lafayette Bulletins, 1990, 1991, n.d.
1a-02 LWV of Lafayette Bulletins, La Verite, Lafayette, LA, 1979: July, v.6, #6 [1 item]
   
I. Records
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette
    3. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1954-1983, 1989, n.d.
1a-03 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1954-1983, 1989, n.d.
   
I. Records
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette
    4. Publicity, 1954-1961, 1985-1989
1a-04 Press clippings and news releases, 1954-1961, 1985-1986
    incomplete
1a-05 Press clippings and news releases, 1987
1a-06 Press clippings and news releases, 1989
   
I. Records
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette
    5. Treasury Records, Budgets, Financial Matters
Box 2  
2-01 Check stubs, receipts, and other financial documents, 1954-1966, incomplete [receipts & vouchers mainly for 1965-1966]
   
2-02 Material on finance drive 1952-1957, 1964, incomplete
   
2-03 Annual financial report, 1949
Budgets and proposed budgets, 1950-1964, 1966/67, 1975/76, incomplete;
Treasury reports, 1966-1976, incomplete
   
I. Records
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette
    6. Membership Lists, 1946-1963, 1977-1988, 1992, n.d.
2-04 Lists of members of LWV of Lafayette, 1946-1963, 1977-1980, n.d.;
photograph of Bill Bendetto, n.d.;
photographs of members, unidentified, 1984, 1987-1988, 1992
   
I. Records
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette
    7. Reports, 1941-1961
2-05 Report of LWV-Lafayette, 1946-1949, incomplete
   
I. Records
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette      
    8. By-Laws, 1956
2-06 By-Laws of LWV-Lafayette, as amended in 1955 and 1956
   
I. Records
  A. Local: LWV of Lafayette
    9. Policies, Planning, and Overviews, 1960, 1964, n.d.
2-07 Policies and Procedures of LWV-Lafayette, 1960.
Guide to League Planning, 1964;
also history of LWV-Lafayette, n.d.
   
I. Records
  B. State: LWV of Louisiana
    1. State Conventions and Workshops, 1948-1963, 1977
State Conference, 1977
2-08 Programs, reports, photographs, and miscellaneous: 1948-1952
2-09 Programs, reports, photographs, and miscellaneous: 1953-1963
   
2-10 Louisiana Women’s Conference - Final report, 1977
   
I. Records
  B State: LWV of Louisiana
    2 State Board and State Office, 1947-1962
2-11 Minutes of state board meetings (very scattered); general memos
    includes list of officers and budget material
  See also 2-07
   
2-12 Reports, State Board, 1975, 1977
   
I. Records
  B. State: LWV of Louisiana
    3. Bulletins, 1957-1980
2-13 LWV - legislative newsletter, 1979 (very scattered)
2-14 The Louisiana Voter, 1957-1963, 1979-1980 (very scattered);
League of Women Voters, 1978, 1980 (very scattered)
   
  Publicity - see Local
   
  Reports: see Local
   
I. Records
  B. State: LWV of Louisiana
    4. Correspondence, 1979
Box 3  
3-01 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1979
   
I. Records
  B. State: LWV of Louisiana
    5. Treasury Records, Budget, etc., 1977-1978
3-02 Treasury records, budget, etc., 1977/1978
   
I. Records
  B. State: LWV of Louisiana
    6. Membership lists, 1976-1979
3-03 Membership lists, 1976-1979
   
I. Records
  C. National: LWV of United States
    1. Conventions: 1954, 1956
3-04 Material from and about 1954 convention
3-05 Material from and about 1956 convention
   
I. Records
  C. National: LW of United States
    2. Bulletins: 1963-1972
3-06 The National Voter, 1954-1963 (very scattered); 1970: Sept.
   
3-07 Miscellaneous Bulletins
    Current Focus, September 1971 [1 item]
Committee Guide - representative government, #1, Sept. 1972
Committee Guide - U.S. Congress, #7 September 1971
Committee Guide - U.S. Congress, #8, October 1971 [2 copies]
Facts & Issues, March 1971; July 1971 [2 copies]; Sept. 1971 [2 copies]
Vital Issues, v.21, #3
Political Accountability, publications #507, 1971
   
  Publicity - see Local
   
I. Records
  C. National: LWV of United States
    3. Communications with Local Leagues; Publications; etc., 1946-1964
3-08 Material on proposed national programs, 1946-1956
   
3-09 Material on "Freedom Agenda," 1954-1956
    newsletters, booklets, and memoranda
3-10 Material on controversy stirred by "Freedom Agenda,"1955-1957
    clippings, articles
   
3-11 1956 publications
    "Liberty and Security," booklet;
"Focus on the Future," special project kit
   
3-12 National Board Reports, "Guide for Local and State Board Planning," 1960-1964
   
3-13 Miscellaneous memoranda on various topics; articles on LWV or other topics, 1954-1957, 1961, 1965
   
I. Records
  C. National: LWV of United States
    4. Other Local Leagues, 1956
Box 4            
4-01 Material from Amarillo, Texas LWV on proposed by-law change, 1955-1956
   
  Publicity - See Local
   
I. Records
  C. National: LWV of United States
    5. By-Laws, n.d.
4-02 By-laws: a citizen’s guide to the League of Women Voters, n.d.;
The Equal Rights Amendments - What it will and won’t do, n.d.
   
I. Records
  C. National: LWV of United States
    6. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1977
4-03 Miscellaneous correspondence, 16 December 1977 [1 item]
             
I. Records      
  C. National: LWV of United States  
    7. Miscellaneous Publications, 1953-1981
4-04 News Release, 1972, 1980
  1. 24 April 1972 - The League of Women Voters of the U.S. Today
  2. January 1980 - The League of Women Voters; Sixty years of a great Idea
   
4-05 Flyers:
    Who will elect the President? The Electoral College System, n.d.;
1980 Presidential Debates, rates the candidates;
The ERA, 1976
The Equal rights amendment: a report on the proposed 27th amendment to the constitution, n.d.;
You may be in trouble...n.d.
   
4-06 Pamphlets:
    Boulder county corrections, 1976
The Equal rights amendments, a lifetime guarantee, n.d.
ERA - LWV, 1984 (2 copies)
A great idea for today - LWV, 1980
A great idea through the years, 1920-present, 1980
League day at the U.N. - LWV, 1985
LWVUS and LWVEF - annual report, 1977-1978
Marshaling Citizen power to modernize corrections, 19792
Pick a candidate - LWV, 1976
Why labor supports ERA, n.d.
Catholic women for the E.R.A., 1974
What’s in it for men? n.d.
The ERA, what it means to men and women, 1974
Planning for the future, 1983
League Basics, n.d.
   
4-07 Articles:
    Committee guide - Welfare and housing, publications 438 - Human Resources, #7, July 1971;
Facts & Issues - LWV, 8 April 1963 - Sixth in a series of six on economic policy - A Tale of Two Communities;
The Federal Deficit - LWV - March 1987 [2 copies]
A housewife’s view of the ERA, Woman’s Day, July 1976;
ERA: how to tell the Myrtles from the facts, Family Circle, July 1976
   
4-08 Newspaper clippings, 1965-1966
   
4-09 Booklets:
    Basic principles of parliamentary law and protocol, by Marguerite Grumme, 1953
The member and the league, 1960
Local Program - LWVM Handbook, 1982
LWVM, Job descriptions local board portfolios, 1984
Simplified Parliamentary Procedure, 1976
Will meeting please come to order, an annual meeting planning guide, 1974
4-10 Booklets:
    In pursuit of equal rights: women in the seventies LWV, 1976
A time for choosing: the role of foreign aid in U.S. Policy- LWV, 1987
U.S. Balance of Payments, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1970
The National Voter, v.31, #1, Spring 1981
4-11 Booklets:
    Making a difference - LWV, 1978
Membership management: getting a handle on the job, LWV, n.d.
Parliamentary Procedure for local league President, n.d.
The Politics of trade - LWV, 1971
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    1. Civil Service, 1951, 1958
4-12 Material on Lafayette City and Parish, 1951, 1958
    includes draft ordinances
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    2. Voter Service, 1950-1961
4-13 Voter registration and information, 1954-1961
    correspondence, pamphlets
4-14 Candidate questionnaires, interviews, etc.,; material on get-out-the-vote-drives, 1950-1957, 1962
4-15 Voter service material from LWV_LA and LWV-US, 1950-1957
    memos, serials, Memorandum, etc.
4-16 Miscellaneous materials on elections
    local: articles, clippings
state: LWV questionnaires from other parts of state, clipping; turnout statistics (1954)
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    3. Local Government, 1947-1962
4-17 Typescript of booklet The League Looks at Lafayette, 1953;
mounted newspaper articles taken from booklet, "Know Your Town Government"
Box 5  
5-01 Material on Lafayette recreation program, 1947, 1953
5-02 Material supporting and promoting city-parish merger, 1960-1961
    speeches, scripts for media presentations
5-03 Miscellaneous: 1956, 1961, n.d.
    portion of LWV publication on local governments;
information on city annexation efforts
5-04 Editorial Series by Daily Advertiser
    Thriving Lafayette faces problem areas, nine challenges for 1978, 12-22 February 1978;
Lafayette Booms ahead in quest for progress, formula 10 for 1979, 11-22 February 1979
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    4. School System and Education, 1951-1960
5-05 Material on LWV study of Lafayette schools, especially Board representation and Peabody school survey, 1951, 1957-1958
5-06 Material on local schools, 1955-1960
    clippings & school systems reports
  See also 6-06
   
  Voting - see State
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    5. Roads and Highways, 1954-1957
5-07 LWV material on parish road administration, 1956-1957
    pamphlets, reports, study materials and correspondence
5-08 Material on parish road administration, 1954-1957
    articles, clippings; parish report (1957)
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    6. Taxes, 1954-1956
5-09 Material on LWV study of property taxes in parish, 1955-1956
5-10 Material on taxes and assessments, 1954-1956
    clippings; speeches; official statistics
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    7. Police Jury, 1955-1956
5-11 Material on Police Jury salaries and activities, 1955-1956
    articles  
   
  International Relations - see National
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    8. Criminal Law, 1975
5-12 Consensus on Correction Study, March/April 1975
   
II. Subjects
  A. Local
    9. Home Rule, 1980
5-13 LWV - Lafayette Parish, proposed Home Rule Charter for a consolidated government in Lafayette Parish (a summary), 1980
   
II. Subjects
  B. State
    1. Civil Service, 1946-1958
5-14 LWV-LA and other material on state civil service, 1946-1958
includes Statement of Louisiana Civil Service Commission Opposition to Bill # 11, 1946
   
  Voter Service - see Local
   
II. Subjects
  B. State
    2. Legislative Action, 1954-1963
5-15 LWV-LA materials, 1956-1963
    Legislative Action Reports, 1956-1957;
study guide for reapportionment;
state program responsibilities: 1959, 1961, 1963
Box 6  
6-01 Other materials 1954-1956
    correspondence (1955-1956); reports on interviews with state legislators discussing set topics (3/4/1954); roll call for 85th Congress, 1st Session (US Senate)
   
  International Relations - see National
   
  Voter Service - see Local
   
II. Subjects
  B. State
    3. Constitutional Revision and Amending, 1952-1961
Constitutional Convention Delegates, 1972
6.02 LWV material on constitutional revision and amendment process (state): 1952-1953
6-03 LWV material on constitutional revision and amendment process (state): 1954-1956, 1961-1962
6-04 General material on constitutional revision and amendment process (state), 1954-1955
    includes: clippings; Bureau of Government Research publication
6-05 Directory Listing - appointed constitutional convention delegates - December 1972, Louisiana Education Council
   
II. Subjects
  B. State
    4. School System and Education, 1951-1960
6-06 LWV material on education, mainly concerned with funding and desegregation, 1956-1960
    publications; study item research; etc.
6-07 LWV material on education, mainly concerned with funding and desegregation, 1961-1962
    includes notes for LWV-Lafayette meeting on education, 10/1961
6-08 LWV material on education, with material specifically dealing with school boards, 1957-1958
    includes notes for presentation, n.d.
6-09 General published material, 1951-1961
6-10 General material on segregation (state and national)
    clippings; articles; brochures
   
II. Subjects
  B. State  
    5. Voting (Elections, Registration, etc.), 1951-1954
6-11 LWV material, 1951-1954, n.d.
    memos, reports, study units, etc.
Box 7  
7-01 LWV material, 1955-1957, 1963
    includes LWV publications
7-02 LWV correspondence (state and local), 1952-1956, n.d.
7-03 Material from other organizations, 1951-1953, 1964, n.d.
    LSU Bureau of Government Research; PAR Council, etc.
   
  Roads and Highways - see Local
   
II.

Subjects

  B. State
    6. Taxes and Assessments, 1929, 1949-1956, 1965
7-04 LWV material, 1949-1957
    memos; study units; reports; publications; etc.
      includes 1949 LWV-US publication; detailed study unit report by LWV-New Orleans, 1954 and LWV-Baton Rouge, 1951
       
7-05 Material from other organizations, 1929, 1954-1965
    includes National Municipal League publication, 1929; report from Louisiana Legislative Council, 1954; PAR News Analysis, 1956, 1965
       
II. Subjects
  B. State
    7. Home Rule, 1952-1957
7-06 LWV and other (PAR Council) items on home rule, 1952-1957
    includes items on District of Columbia
       
II. Subjects
  B. State
    8. Real Estate, 1978
7-07 Louisiana Real Estate Commission, rules and regulations, December 1978
       
II. Subjects
  B. State
    9. Louisiana Laws, 1976, 1982, n.d.
7-08 The Laws Governing the office of the Assessor and Assessing Practices in Louisiana, March 1982 (booklet);
Louisiana Community Property Law and how its effects can be changed by contact, 1976 (pamphlet);
Inheritance Laws of Louisiana, n.d. (Chart)
       
II. Subjects
  B. State
    10. Miscellaneous, 1979-1981
7-09 Newspaper clippings, n.d.;
reapportionment and redistricting pamphlet, 1981;
talent dark material, 1979;
rules and regulations - ERA amendments - publications and articles, n.d.;
LWV - Education Fund, 1979-1980 (1 item)
       
7-10 J.H. Cravey (history), n.d.
       
Box 8  
   
II. Subjects
  C. National
    1. International Relations (including UN) 1952-1962
8-01 LWV material on international relations, foreign trade, and UN, 1952-1962
8-02 LWV-Lafayette correspondence on international relations, 1954-1956, 1962
8-03 Other organizations, 1953-1956
    UN; Department of State
8-04 LWV and other material on Bricker Amendment, 1952-1956, n.d.
       
II. Subjects
  C. National
    2. Budgetary Policies and Procedures, 1947-1957
8-05 LWV-US publications on Federal budget, 1947-1957
       
II. Subjects
  C. National
    3. Political Effectiveness, 1953
8-06 LWV-US material for regional conferences on political effectiveness (i.e. lobbying), 1953
       
  Voting (Elections, Registrations, etc.) - see State
   
  Taxes - see State
   
  Home Rule - see State
   
II. Subjects
  C. National
    4. Anti-Communism Controversy, 1953-1955
8-07 General publications, 1953-1955
    includes Houston Post series on Minute Women, 1953
       
II. Subjects
  C. National
    5. Miscellaneous, 1955, n.d.
8-08 Miscellaneous material of the LWV of the United States
       
Box 9      
   
Artifacts
   
Item 1 Copperplate of cover for booklet, “The League Looks at Lafayette”
   
Item 2 Drawing by Floyd Sonnier, “La Maison da Piegour Acadien”[2 copies]
   
Box 10  
  Solicitation records cards from annual financial drives, 1950s
   
Oversize
 
Volumes
   
Vol. 1 Scrapbook - mounted newspaper articles taken from booklet, “Know Your Town Government,”, 1953
   
Vol. 2 Binder - compiled press clippings from local, state, and national leagues, 1954-1958, incomplete (mounted)
   
Vol. 3 Binder - mounted newspaper articles taken from booklet, “Know Your Town Government,” 1953
   
 
 
 
 
 

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