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Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters Records

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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 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

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