Additional records of League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.), ca.1919-1977 (inclusive), 1925-1950 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1925-1950
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
8.97 linear feet ((20 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 card box, 1 folio folder, 2 folio+ folders, 10 photograph folders)
Series I, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 1931-1976 (#1.1-3.9), includes regular (monthly) and special meeting minutes, by-laws, board lists, committee reports and member lists, correspondence, and notices. Executive board (also called the Executive committee) meeting material is interfiled with general board meeting material. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by topic and chronologically within. Original folder titles are in quotations.
Series II, ADMINISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP, 1925-1977 (#3.10-5.21, 22CB, PD.1), includes annual meeting officer lists, ballots, committee reports and minutes; clippings; membership directories and lists. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by topic and chronologically within. Original folder titles are in quotations.
Series III, FINANCE, 1921-1976 (#5.22-10.5, F+D.1), includes material related to the responsibilities of the finance committee such as financial files on advertising for the League and its newsletter; fundraising events (called "money raising" here after League's original folder heading); budgets; financial statements; fundraising campaigns; and treasurer reports. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by topic and chronologically within. Original folder titles are in quotations. See finance committee reports in Series II.
Series IV, POLICIES AND PROGRAMS, ca.1919-1971 (#10.6-21.5, FD.1, F+D.2, PD.2-PD.10), includes League committee subject files; events (see also "money raising event" files in Series III); foreign affairs school; Plan E/proportional representation in Cambridge; unit discussion subject files (a unit is a group of League members interested in studying League activities at all levels-local, state, and national); urban renewal; voter service; etc. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by topic and chronologically within. Original folder titles are in quotations.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
The Cambridge League of Women Voters evolved from the Cambridge Political Equality Association (CPEA), organized in February 1896 by women who believed "that the exercise of the suffrage on the part of the women citizens is not only just but will promote a better civic life, the true development of the home, and the welfare of the family...." In 1916 the CPEA was reorganized as the Third Middlesex Representative District Organization of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association. In 1920 it became the League of Women Voters of Cambridge, and held its first meeting as such on December 1, 1920. The organization's activities were taken over by the Boston area League of Women Voters after the 1980s.
- Series I. Board of Directors, 1931-1976 (#1.1-3.9)
- Series II. Administration and membership, 1925-1977 (#3.10-5.21, 22CB, PD.1)
- Series III. Finance, 1921-1976 (#5.22-10.5, F+D.1)
- Series IV. Policies and programs, ca.1919-1971 (#10.6-21.5, FD.1, F+D.2, PD.2-PD.10)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The additional records of the League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.) were given to the Schlesinger Library by Emily Sibley in 1978, by past League president Louise (Fletcher) Chase and League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.) between 1967 and 1984. Some records were transferred from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts additional records (MC 631) during processing of that collection in 2010.
Processed by: Stacey Flatt
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library Books and Printed Materials Division:
- Items, 1928-1931, 1935-1964, 1968-1977
- Monthly Gazette, City news service by City Affairs Committee of Cambridge League of Women Voters, 1944-1945
- Three printing blocks of local Cambridge houses, used in League house tour publicity
- Photographs of Cambridge houses (10)
By: Stacey Flatt, with assistance from Emily Underwood.
- Articles of incorporation
- Cambridge (Mass.)--Politics and government--20th century
- Citizenship--Study and teaching
- Civic improvement--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Civil service--Massachusetts
- Financial records
- International relations
- Local government--Massachusetts
- Membership lists
- Proportional representation--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Women's rights--Massachusetts
- Women--Legal status, laws, etc.
- Women--Political activity--Massachusetts
- Women--Societies and clubs--Massachusetts
- League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.). Additional records of League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.), ca.1919-1977 (inclusive), 1925-1950 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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