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Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV) Records

Kane County Records

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Collection Overview

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

ID: RHC/RC/149

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The minutes and newsletters are arranged chronologically

Date Acquired: 05/11/1982

Subjects: 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: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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).

Collection Historical Note

Historically, the Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV) underwent several organizational changes.  The group began with 34 members on September 24, 1947 as the Geneva LWV.  On April 25, 1949 the members changed the name to the LWV of Geneva and St. Charles.  This phase lasted until March 30, 1960 when the group split into two separate Leagues, the Geneva LWV and the St. Charles LWV.  The final change occurred on April 15, 1975 when the two groups merged to form the current Geneva-St. Charles LWV.  

The League formed to educate area citizens on politics, government, election procedures, and special topics of public concern.  Studies completed during the initial years revolved around gathering information on local schools and on city and township governments.  During 1949-50 the members worked to stimulate awareness of school reorganization into districts.  The 1950’s included a study of local and county health problems as well as a recommendation to the state board in support of a state constitutional convention.  The constitutional convention (Con-Con) eventually required most of the member’s time during the 1960’s.  However, the League also concentrated on various local topics in the 1960’s -- school budgets, crime prevention and law enforcement, and a study of local government.  The next decade exhibited the widest variety of research projects including a coalition for change in the county’s administration of public aid, the need for low income housing in the St. Charles area, and a report on the effect of proposed airport expansion on area schools.  More recently, the League worked for, and is working for, the passage of the ERA amendment in Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Physical Access Note: On September 20, 2013, folders 1-3 from Box 1 have been placed in the freezer for conservation concerns

Acquisition Source: Helene Ing

Acquisition Method: 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.


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Series I.: Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV) Records
Box 1
Folder 1: Geneva and Kane County History
Folder 2: Historical Information on the League
Folder 3: By-Laws, 1947-1960
Folder 4: Annual Reports: Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), 1948-1959
Folder 5: Annual Reports: Geneva League of Women Voters (LWV), 1960-1962
Folder 6: Annual Reports: St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), 1968-1973
Folder 7: Annual Agendas, 1948-1954, 1959-1961
Folder 8: Meeting Minutes: Geneva League of Women Voters (LWV), August 1947-April 1949
Folder 9-12: Meeting Minutes: Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), May 1949-April 1959
Folder 13: Meeting Minutes: Geneva League of Women Voters (LWV), June 1960-March 1964; January 20, 1970; September 25, 1972
Folder 14: Meeting Minutes: St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), April 1961; April 1962-November 1973; April 1974
Folder 15: Meeting Minutes: Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), February 1975-December 1976
Box 2
Folder 1: Meeting Minutes: Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), January 1977-April 1979
Folder 2: League Split and Re-merge, 1959-1975
Folder 3: Budgets and Treasurer's Reports: Geneva League of Women Voters (LWV), 1947-1950; 1961-1963; 1970-1975
Folder 4-5: Budgets and Treasurer's Reports: Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), 1949-1959; 1974-1978
Folder 6-7: Treasurer's Ledgers, Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), 1971-1975
Folder 8-11: Correspondence, 1948-1963; 1966; 1971; 1982
Folder 12: Committee and Special Events Reports, 1949-1961
Folder 13: Lease of the Geneva Civic Center, 1958
Folder 14: Officer and Membership Lists, 1950; 1961-1965
Folder 15-17: Newsletters: Geneva League of Women Voters (LWV),, January 1948-April 1949; 1963-1964; March-April 1972; November/December 197
Folder 18-20: Newsletters: St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), 1961; October 1964-1969; 1970-May 1975
Box 3
Folder 1-3: Newsletters: Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters (LWV), June 1949-November 1959; 1960-1962; June 1975-November 1977
Folder 4: Subject Files: Campaign Financing, 1973
Folder 5: Subject Files: Child Welfare, 1976-1977
Folder 6: Subject Files: Conservation, 1969-1973
Folder 7: Subject Files: Constitutional Convention: Local League Materials, 1968-1969
Folder 8: Subject Files: Constitutional Convention: State League Materials, 1961-1971
Folder 9: Subject Files: Constitutional Convention: Convention Records, 1969-1970
Folder 10: Subject Files: Constitutional Convention: Publicity Materials, 1970
Folder 11: Subject Files: Constitutional Convention: Con Con Comments, 1967-1970
Folder 12: Subject Files: Constitutional Convention: The Weekly Illinois Constitutional Convention Summary, 1970
Folder 13: Subject Files: Crime, 1967-1968
Box 4
Folder 1-3: Subject Files: Day Care, 1966-1976
Folder 4: Subject Files: Education Conference Kit, 1955
Folder 5: Subject Files: Executive Branch Study, 1973-1975
Folder 6: Subject Files: Housing: Local League Materials, 1972-1976
Folder 7: Subject Files: Housing: State and National League Materials, 1970-1976
Folder 8: Subject Files: Human Relations, St. Charles Community Council-Minutes and Constitution, 1964-1970
Folder 9: Subject Files: Human Resources: Local, State, and National League Materials, 1970-1977
Box 5
Folder 1: Subject Files: Human Resources: Pamphlets, no date
Folder 2: Subject Files: Illinois State Training School for Boys, Study, 1950
Folder 3: Subject Files: Illinois State Training School for Girls, Study, 1951, 1955
Folder 4: Subject Files: Land Use: Local League Materials, 1971-1974
Folder 5: Subject Files: Land Use: State and National League Materials, 1972-1975
Folder 6: Subject Files: Library Study, St. Charles, 1962
Folder 7: Subject Files: Local Government-Home Rule and Townships, 1969- 1976
Folder 8: Subject Files: Loyalty Study, 1951-1958
Folder 9: Subject Files: Primary Elections, 1976
Folder 10: Subject Files: Public School Finance: Local League Materials, 1970-1973
Folder 11: Subject Files: Public School Finance: State and National League Materials, 1972-1977
Folder 12: Subject Files: Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Study, 1973-1974
Folder 13: Subject Files: Solid Waste Disposal, 1971-1972
Folder 14: Subject Files: State Income Tax, 1966, 1969
Folder 15: Subject Files: Water Studies, 1969-1973
Folder 16: Press Releases, 1960-1962
Folder 17: League Plays or Skits, no date
Folder 18: Local League Handbook, 1969
Folder 19: Guide for Local League Treasurer, 1967
Series II.: Kane County Records
Box 5
Folder 20-21: County Council League of Women Voters (LWV), Minutes, Correspondence, History, 1921-1941; 1961-1972
Folder 22: Preliminary Survey, 1947
Folder 23: Annual Report, 1970
Folder 24: Education, 1948
Folder 25: Government, 1971-1972
Folder 26: Justice Department Survey, 1948
Folder 27: Kane County Public Aid Coalition, 1968-1972
Folder 28-29: Public Health, 1965-1973
Folder 30: Public Welfare, 1949, 1971-1977
Folder 31: School Reorganization, 1947-1950
Folder 32: Publication, Know Your County, 1966
Folder 33: Directory of Interleague Organizations, 1971
Folder 34-36: Newspaper Clippings, 1959-1980
Box 6
Volume 1-4: Scrapbooks (4 volumes), 1947-1957
Oversize Drawer 17
Folder 1
Item 1: Drainage Map, State of Illinois, 1956
Item 2: Principal Watersheds of Illinois Map, 1958
Item 3: City Map of St. Charles, 1965

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