|Creator:||League of Women Voters of Iowa|
|Extent:||101.50 linear feet.|
|Repository:||Iowa Women's Archives|
|Summary:||State-level branch of the national non-partisan League of Women Voters which seeks to promote political responsibility through educating and informing the public on selected governmental issues and promoting action on those issues.|
Alternate Extent Statement: Audiovisual in boxes 100, 112, and 149.
Photographs in boxes 102, 113, 137, 143, 147, 152, 169, and 264.
Slides in boxes 100, 142, and 231.
Arrangement: 1971 Accession, 1917 to 1991 (boxes 1-61)
Local leagues, 1939-1970 (boxes 1-5,19-32)
Administrative, 1920-1968 (boxes 6-16)
National, 1934-1966 (boxes 16-17)
Iowa Voter, 1943-2001 (box 18)
Topical, 1938-1972 (boxes 32-42, 45-58, 60-61)
Histories, 1917-1969 (boxes 42-44, 59)
Voter service, 1947-1966 (box 44)
1975 Accession, 1938-1973 (boxes 62-92)
Local leagues, 1968-1971 (boxes 62-67)
Administrative, 1940-1973 (boxes 67-79)
Topical, 1938-1971 (boxes 79-83, 84-91)
Voter service, 1948-1969 (boxes 83-84)
Local leagues, 1928-1979 (boxes 93-100)
1984 Accession, 1955-1980 (boxes 100-107)
Topical, 1955-1980 (boxes 100-107)
Audio tapes, 1963-1971 (boxes 100 and 102)
Mt. Pleasant defunct league, 1948-1985 (boxes 107, 108)
1994 Accession, 1941-1991 (boxes 107, 109-149)
Administrative, 1946-1989 (boxes 107, 109-111)
Citizens' informationservice, 1972-1984 (boxes 111-114)
Government, 1955-1990 (boxes 114-122)
Human resources, 1966-1984 (boxes 122-124)
Local chapters, 1960-1991 (boxes 124-141)
Voter service, 1973-1985 (boxes 141-143)
Miscellaneous programs,1968-1988 (boxes 143-149)
1995 Accession, 1962-1982 (box 150)
Administrative, 1962-1973(box 150)
Study guides, 1963-1982 (box 150)
1996 Accession, 1946-2000 (boxes 151-242)
Administrative, 1957-1997 (boxes 151-178)
Citizens' information service, 1946-1994 (boxes 179-190)
Debates, 1966-1992 (boxes 191-195)
Legislative, 1962-1997 (boxes 196-203)
Local leagues, 1959-1997 (boxes 204-210)
National, 1946-2000 (boxes 211-213)
Topical, 1961-1998 (boxes 214-242)
1997-2002 Accession, 1946-2001 (boxes 243-264)
Administrative,1964-1997 (boxes 243-247)
Citizens'information service, 1973-1995 (boxes 247-249)
Legislative,1981-1998 (box 249)
Localleagues, 1969-2000 (boxes 249-251)
National,1946-2000 (boxes 251-258)
Topical,1948-2001 (boxes 258-263)
Photographs,1953-1994 and undated (box 264)
Access: The records are open for research.
Use: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
Acquisition: The records (donor no. 21) were donated by the League of Women Voters of Iowa in 1971 and subsequent years.
Preferred Citation: League of Women Voters of Iowa records, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.
|Repository:||Iowa Women's Archives|
|Address:||100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
The League of Women Voters of Iowa was founded in 1920 as a state-level branch of the national League of Women Voters. A non-partisan organization, the League of Women Voters seeks to promote political responsibility through educating and informing the public on selected governmental issues and promoting action on those issues. The local and state leagues promote the purpose of the national League and take action on local government matters.
After researching and studying a particular issue, League members establish a common position by voting and reaching consensus. After reaching consensus League members organize action in support of their position. This action includes testimony, lobbying, contact with political groups and politicians, forming coalitions, public speaking and writing letters.
In 1971 the Citizens' Information Service was established to carry out the Iowa League's educational activities by building channels for communication, interpreting public needs and holding forums for electoral candidates and issues. This service's educational tools include publications; radio, television, and newspapers; conferences; workshops and public meetings. In 1984 the Citizens Information Service sponsored an international conference called "Agriculture's Stake in World Trade." Funding for projects comes partially from the national League of Women Voters Education Fund, established in 1958 to tap tax-deductible funds and obtain grants that provide research and education for League work.
The Iowa League's study programs include national issues such as energy, environmental quality, human resources, international relations, representative government, and urban problems. In 1988 the League of Women Voters of Iowa and the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies cosponsored "U.S. 88," a program for the 1988 Presidential election, and held forums in Davenport and Des Moines.
Since 1955 the League has kept notebooks, conducted workshops and published guides as part of its Iowa state constitution reform study. The League acts in support of its position on Iowa's local government structure and tax system, equal rights for women, juvenile justice, constitutional provisions, Area Education Agencies, reapportionment and land use among other issues. From 1977 to 1986 the League researched and published study guides of the adult corrections system in Iowa, which included a study of sentencing and parole as well as a study of alcoholism and the criminal justice system.
Browse by Series:
Series 1: LOCAL LEAGUES
Series 2: ADMINISTRATIVE
Series 3: NATIONAL
Series 4: IOWA VOTER
Series 5: TOPICAL
Series 6: HISTORIES
Series 7: VOTER SERVICE
Series 8: CITIZENS' INFORMATION SERVICE (CIS)
Series 9: GOVERNMENT
Series 10: HUMAN RESOURCES
Series 11: MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAMS
Series 12: STUDY GUIDES
Series 13: DEBATES
Series 14: LEGISLATIVE
Series 15: PHOTOGRAPHS
This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.