Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters Records, 1921-1980
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Brief Description:

The Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV) records date from 1947 to 1979.  Included are by-laws, meeting minutes, annual reports, treasurer’s records, correspondence, subject files, and scrapbooks.  A separate series contains records from the Kane County Council LWV (1921-1972) and surveys and reports dealing with different aspects of Kane County.  Since the League began as the Geneva LWV in 1947, combined with St. Charles in 1949, split into two Leagues in 1960, and recombined again in 1975, the minutes and newsletters are arranged chronologically.  The League names appear to facilitate access.  Both of these record groups exhibit gaps between 1960 and 1975, but are fairly complete otherwise.  In general, the majority of the materials date after 1960.

The subject files comprise materials on a wide variety of topics such as the Illinois Constitutional Convention, day care, housing, public school finance, and land use.  Local, state, and national publications and records document these areas.  Also included are studies done in the 1950’s on the boys and girls Illinois State Training Schools.  Materials can be found on the executive branch, solid waste disposal, and child welfare as well.

The county records include minutes and correspondence for the Kane County Council LWV (1921-1972).  There also are county surveys on education, government, the justice department, public health and welfare, and school reorganization.  A Know Your County publication provides information on these topics as well as zoning, planning, highways, and recreation.

The collection also contains three oversize maps: a drainage map of the State of Illinois (1956), a map indicating the principal watersheds in Illinois (1958), and a city map of St. Charles (1965).

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/149
Volume: 4.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 05/11/1982.
Arrangement: The minutes and newsletters are arranged chronologically
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Constitutional Conventions, Illinois
Geneva (Ill.)
Illinois State Training School for Girls
Kane County (Ill)
League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters (Geneva-St. Charles, Ill.)
St. Charles (Ill.)
United States--Politics and government
Women--Societies and clubs.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Physical Access Notes: On September 20, 2013, folders 1-3 from Box 1 have been placed in the freezer for conservation concerns
Acquisition Notes: Helene Ing  Helene Ing, President, and several past and present members of the Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters donated the organization’s records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on May 11, 1982.
Related Materials: For additional information on the League of Women Voters in northern Illinois, please consult the other League collections held by the Center.  Additional information on the Illinois State Training School for Girls in Geneva, Illinois is located in the Lela Trager folder in UA 18, Box D.