Records of the League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.), 1916-1974
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file box) plus 2 folio folders, 1 folio+ folder, 2 oversize folders, 3 reels of microfilm (M-103)
Eight oversized scrapbooks and seven folders of clippings were microfilmed and are only available on microfilm (M-103). The eight scrapbooks document the activities of the League from its inception in 1920 until 1964. The contents of the scrapbooks were arranged chronologically and consist of programs and other printed material, invitations, correspondence, and clippings about the League and about the community issues with which the League concerned itself. Because of the chronological arrangement of the scrapbooks and the variety of materials collected in them, the inventory does not describe in detail the contents of each volume. The index that follows the inventory provides the volume and page number of references to important women. After filming, correspondence, pamphlets, brochures, programs, invitations, and newsletters were removed from the scrapbooks and the clippings were discarded.
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
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.) were given to the Schlesinger Library by the League, and by Louise (Fletcher) Chase, a past president of the League, beginning in March 1959. The scrapbooks and clippings (1v -15) were prepared for microfilming by Catherine Cooper in March 1986.
MICROFILM OF SCRAPBOOKS AND CLIPPINGS
Glue or tape has caused discoloration, which affects the legibility of some items.
In some instances, glue or tape has dried and clippings or other items are loose. Loose items were filmed where they were found, when possible; otherwise, they were filmed immediately after that page. Whenever possible, these items were filmed in the order in which they are to be read. Where necessary to avoid confusion, items under those being filmed were masked before filming.
Many scrapbook pages contain items that overlap, were folded in order to fit on the page, or have multiple pages. These scrapbook pages were filmed as they first appeared and then as many more times as necessary.
In general, multiple-paged items by or about the League of Women Voters of Cambridge were filmed in their entirety. An exception to this rule was made in the case of minutes of Board and Annual Meetings, and issues of League Items, the League newsletter, which are duplicated in addenda to the collection. In the case of these materials, only those single items which are not duplicated elsewhere were filmed in their entirety.
In the case of multiple-paged items not having primarily to do with the League of Women Voters of Cambridge, only covers or first pages and any pages concerning the League of Women Voters of Cambridge were filmed. Publications by or about the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts may be found in the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts collection in the Schlesinger Library; the Library of Congress is the official repository for the records of the League of Women Voters of the United States.
Because of the brittle state of many clippings, some text has been lost. This has happened in particular at the edges of pages, and where one clipping was glued over another and was too fragile to be folded back.
Page numbers in square brackets were added by the processor to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader, and the researcher; blank pages were not numbered.
When possible, correspondence, pamphlets, brochures, programs, invitations, and newsletters were removed from the scrapbooks after microfilming; they can be found in folders 1a-1b, 2a, 3a-3cf+, 4a-4bo, 5a-5bf, 6a-6eo, 7a-7gf, and 8a-8d.
- M-103, Reel 1: 1vo-5vo
- M-103, Reel 2: 6vo-7vo
- M-103, Reel 3: 8vo-15
- Box 1: 1a-1b, 2a, 3a-3b, 4a, 5a, 6a-6c
- Box 2: 6d, 7a-7f, 8a-8b
- Box 3: 8c-8d, 16v-20
- Box 4: 21v-22v
- Andrews, Fannie Fern (Phillips) 3:123
- Blackwell, Alice Stone 2:36, 2:39, 4:4, 4:23, 4:70, 4:71, 4:142, 5:1, 6:94, 6:103, 8:80
- Breshkovsky, Catherine 4:23
- Bronner, Augusta Fox 2:3
- Brown, Dorothy (Kirchwey) 3:126
- Cannon, Ida Maud 5:12, 5:14, 5:15
- Cronkhite, Bernice Veazey (Brown) 1:9, 1:25, 2:85, 6:7, 6:42
- Eliot, Martha May 8:13, 8:40
- Hamilton, Alice 3:109, 3:113, 3:115
- Harvard Scrubwomen 2:24
- Hodder, Jessie (Donaldson) 1:12
- Howe, Helen 1:47, 1:48, 5:27, 5:34
- Irwin, Inez (Haynes) 6:91
- Luscomb, Florence Hope 1:17, 1:24, 2:34
- Park, Maud (Wood) 6:91
- Sayre, Jessie (Wilson) 1:13, 1:69, 2:5, 2:20, 2:21, 2:22, 2:39, 3:69, 4:68
- Schlesinger, Elizabeth (Bancroft) 2:85, 2:121, 2:125, 2:126, 2:127, 2:129, 2:130, 2:131, 3:12, 3:41, 3:88, 3:89, 4:32
- Strong, Anna Louise 4:110, 4:112, 4:113
- Van Waters, Miriam 3:125, 3:129, 4:68, 5:111, 5:113, 6:141
- Wambaugh, Sarah 1:6, 1:12, 1:28, 1:65, 1:66, 2:3, 2:20, 2:21, 2:22, 2:92, 2:93, 3:18, 3:97, 3:99, 3:142, 4:4, 4:40, 4:41, 4:49, 4:51, 4:52, 4:53, 4:55, 4:56, 4:57, 4:77, 4:78, 4:99, 4:102, 4:123, 5:16, 6:7
By: Katherine Gray Kraft
By: Stacey Flatt
- League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.). Records of the League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.), 1916-1974: A Finding Aid
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