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Call No.: MC 264
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.)
Title: Records of the League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.), 1916-ca.1976
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 3 reels of microfilm (M-103)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Minutes, reports, correspondence, etc., of the League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.), which advocated for informed, active participation of citizens in government.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the Woman's Rights Collection (folders 1070-1081af, volumes 106-110); the Grace A. Johnson papers in the Woman's Rights Collection (Jo-161--Jo-164); the Maud Wood Park papers in the Woman's Rights Collection (Pa-155), and League of Women Voters (Cambridge, Mass.) Additional records, ca.1919-1977 (MC 739).
The League of Women Voters is an American political organization founded on February 14, 1920, in Chicago, Illinois, by Carrie Chapman Catt during the last meeting of the National American Woman Suffrage Association approximately six months before the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution gave women the right to vote. The organization's vision was to help newly enfranchised women exercise their responsibilities as voters. Originally, only women could join the league; but in 1973 the charter was modified to include men. The League operates at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong. Its official position is strictly nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy, as well as through political lobbying of Congress.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
The file box contains minutes: of regular meetings (1916-1920, 1923-1928), of annual meetings (1916-1920, 1923-1943, 1945-1957), and of the executive committee (1920-1930). Eight oversized scrapbooks and seven folders of clippings were microfilmed (M-103) and returned to the League. Unprocessed addenda include additional minutes, reports, correspondence, and other papers.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.
The following index gives the volume and page numbers of references to notable women in the microfilmed scrapbooks (1vo-8vo). Due to poor contrast, however, page numbers are only infrequently legible (1vo-7vo).
- 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