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Lucinda O. Wanner Collection (Glen Ellyn)

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Audio-Visual, 1964

Certificates, 1914-1975 (folders 1-4)

Correspondence, 1931-1976 (folders 5-127)

Miscellany, 1951-1976 (folders 128-140)

Personal File, circa 1900-1976 (folders 141-328)

Photographs, 1917-1975 (folders 329-373)

Reference, 1938-1976 (folders 374-1923)

Memorabilia, 1966-1975



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Collection Overview

Title: Lucinda O. Wanner Collection (Glen Ellyn), 1900-1976

ID: RHC/RC/163

Extent: 37.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The Lucinda O. Wanner Collection arrived at The Dirksen Center in no apparent order. After repeated sorting, the processing staff concluded that the best arrangement system would be based on the following series of documents and artifacts: Audiovisual, Certificates, Correspondence, Memorabilia, Miscellany, Personal, Photographs, and Reference. All the series except Memorabilia and Reference are arranged chronologically. The Memorabilia series consists of two boxes of loose artifacts and elephant figurines, and the Reference file comprises numerous alphabetically-arranged subseries. Each series is more completely described in a series description.

The Personal file comprises three subseries: Church, Financial, and Miscellany.

The Reference file is the largest and most complex series in the Wanner Collection. The processing staff based the arrangement of the series on Lucinda Wanner’s subject files. The staff organized the bulk of the subject files into six chronologically arranged sub-series: Campaigns, Clippings, Newsletters, Notes, Politics, and Public Statements. Files that did not fit into any of the subseries were arranged alphabetically by subject along with the six larger subseries. The staff left related papers together under the subject files instead of transferring them to appropriate files like Correspondence, Notes, or Clippings. Exceptions were Photographs and Certificates. Item disposition sheets mark places in the files where photos or certificates were removed.

The Politics subseries contains the largest group of papers in the Reference series and is further divided into files on Cook County, DuPage County, Illinois, Kane County, Kendall County, Lake County, National, Putnam County, Will County, and Winnebago County. The files for DuPage County, Illinois, and National politics are further subdivided into files on various political organizations.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1983

Subjects: Aurora (Ill.), Congregational Church (Glen Ellyn), Cook County (Ill.), DuPage County (Ill), Elections--United States, Erlenborn, John, Glen Ellyn (Ill.), Illinois. General Assembly, McCarthy, Joseph, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), United States--Politics and government, Wanner, Lucinda O.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lucinda O. Wanner Collection arrived at The Dirksen Center in no apparent order.  After repeated sorting, the processing staff concluded that the best arrangement system would be based on the following series of documents and artifacts: Audiovisual, Certificates, Correspondence, Memorabilia, Miscellany, Personal, Photographs, and Reference.  All the series except Memorabilia and Reference are arranged chronologically.  The Memorabilia series consists of two boxes of loose artifacts and elephant figurines, and the Reference file comprises numerous alphabetically-arranged subseries.  Each series is more completely described in a series description.

The Wanner Collection contains several significant series.  The Correspondence series includes letters to and from Lucinda Wanner and others concerning personal, business and political interests.  Some form letters were left in the series, but many boxes of unsolicited form letters were discarded.  The Correspondence series most directly reflects Mrs. Wanner’s interests and beliefs.

The Personal file comprises three subseries:  Church, Financial, and Miscellany.  The Church file contains mostly printed material on two Congregational churches to which Mrs. Wanner belonged; Financial contains bills, receipts, cancelled checks, and other material, arranged by year.  The Miscellany subseries includes various items of a personal nature, like Christmas card and gift lists, family history, and vacation records.

The Reference file is the largest and most complex series in the Wanner Collection.  The processing staff based the arrangement of the series on Lucinda Wanner’s subject files.  Mrs. Wanner collected printed material, form letters, clippings, correspondence, notes, and other documents on topics, issues, people, and organizations that interested her.  The staff organized the bulk of the subject files into six chronologically arranged sub-series: Campaigns, Clippings, Newsletters, Notes, Politics, and Public Statements.  Files that did not fit into any of the subseries were arranged alphabetically by subject along with the six larger subseries.  The staff left related papers together under the subject files instead of transferring them to appropriate files like Correspondence, Notes, or Clippings.  Exceptions were Photographs and Certificates.  Item disposition sheets mark places in the files where photos or certificates were removed.

The Politics subseries contains the largest group of papers in the Reference series and is further divided into files on Cook County, DuPage County, Illinois, Kane County, Kendall County, Lake County, National, Putnam County, Will County, and Winnebago County.  The files for DuPage County, Illinois, and National politics are further subdivided into files on various political organizations.  The Politics subseries reflects Lucinda Wanner’s wide span of interests in the Republican party.

Collection Historical Note

Lucinda Obermeyer was born June 19, 1899 in Chicago. After attending public schools, she graduated from Chicago’s Senn High School in 1916 and Lasell Seminary, now a junior college, in Auburndale, Massachusetts in 1918. She later attended the University of Chicago where she studied institutional management and nutrition in the home economics department.

On April 23, 1921, Lucinda Obermeyer married Arthur Lewis Wanner. Mr. Wanner joined Belden Manufacturing Company in 1916 and held the positions of vice-president and treasurer. He became executive vice-resident after retiring. The Wanners were the parents of two children–Richard Lewis, born in 1924, and Mary Lucinda, Mrs. Richard Kasperson, born in 1928. The family resided at 278 Merton Avenue, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, from 1925 until Lucinda Wanner’s death on April 9, 1976. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died on December 8, 1964.

Mrs. Wanner became an active volunteer in 1926 when she and others founded an infant welfare society in Glen Ellyn. Her activities were numerous. She served as a Girl Scouts leader and the first president of the local Council of Girl Scouts. Mrs. Wanner was active in the Congregational Church; she taught Sunday school and served on the board of trustees and the board of religious education. Work with the local Parent-Teacher Association led to several elective offices in the Association and membership on the board of the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers.

In 1946, Lucinda 0. Wanner was appointed precinct #14 committeewoman for Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, and embarked on a 30-year career as a "professional volunteer" in the Republican party. Mrs. Wanner remained a committeewoman until 1954 when she was elected committeeman, a post she would hold for 22 years. Two years prior to her election, in 1952, the DuPage County Republican Central Committee appointed Mrs. Wanner county chairwoman. The Central Committee sought Lucinda Wanner’s service on the finance committee, with fund-raising activities, and on numerous other committees. In 1952, DuPage County formed a jury commission and Lucinda Wanner was the first woman appointed to the commission. She served as its chairman and continued working on the jury commission until 1976.

State politics attracted Lucinda Wanner, also. From 1958 until 1962, Mrs. Wanner served as Illinois State Republican Central Committeewoman from the 14th district, then comprising DuPage, Kane, and McHenry counties. In 1962, the district lines were redrawn, making DuPage and Will counties the district boundaries. Mrs. Wanner continued as committeewoman and in September, 1963, the State Central Committee named her assistant vice-chairman. During those years, Lucinda Wanner also acted as vice-chairman of the United Republican Fund. Beginning in 1954, she was active in Republican state conventions and often served on platform and resolution committees.

Lucinda Wanner served as an elected delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1952, 1964, 1968, and 1972. She worked for many presidential elections, including organizing Illinois Bob Taft Clubs from January to July, 1952, and serving as downstate chairman for the Republican presidential campaigns of 1956, 1960, and 1968. Although Mrs. Wanner held no position within the Republican National Committee, she worked closely with its committeemen and attended conferences sponsored by the RNC.

In addition to her involvement in the regular Republican organization, Lucinda Obermeyer Wanner also worked in women’s Republican clubs at all levels: the Glen Ellyn Women’s Republican Club; the DuPage County Federation of Republican Women’s Clubs; the Illinois Federation of Republican Women; the National Federation of Republican Women. In all of the organizations, Mrs. Wanner took on numerous responsibilities, from board positions to committee chairs.

Mrs. Wanner’s service in the Republican party was recognized when she was named "Woman of the Year" by the DuPage County Young Republicans and "Senior Citizen of the Year" in Glen Ellyn.

Subject/Index Terms

Aurora (Ill.)
Congregational Church (Glen Ellyn)
Cook County (Ill.)
DuPage County (Ill)
Elections--United States
Erlenborn, John
Glen Ellyn (Ill.)
Illinois. General Assembly
McCarthy, Joseph
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States--Politics and government
Wanner, Lucinda O.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Audio-Visual, 1964],
[Series II.: Certificates, 1914-1975 (folders 1-4)],
[Series III.: Correspondence, 1931-1976 (folders 5-127)],
[Series IV.: Miscellany, 1951-1976 (folders 128-140)],
[Series V.: Personal File, circa 1900-1976 (folders 141-328)],
[Series VI.: Photographs, 1917-1975 (folders 329-373)],
[Series VII.: Reference, 1938-1976 (folders 374-1923)],
[Series VIII.: Memorabilia, 1966-1975],
[All]

Series I.: Audio-Visual, 1964
Box 1
Folder 1-8: Audio Visual
Series II.: Certificates, 1914-1975 (folders 1-4)
Box 1
Folder 1-4: Certificates
Series III.: Correspondence, 1931-1976 (folders 5-127)
Box 2-4
Folder 5-127: Correspondence
Series IV.: Miscellany, 1951-1976 (folders 128-140)
Box 4
Folder 128-140: Miscellany
Series V.: Personal File, circa 1900-1976 (folders 141-328)
Sub-Series A.: Church file, 1950-1971 (folders 141-183)
Box 4-5
Folder 141-183: Church File
Sub-Series B.: Financial files, 1922-1976 (folders 184-310)
Box 5-7
Folder 184-310: Financial files
Sub-Series C.: Miscellany, circa 1900-1976 (folders 311-328)
Box 7
Folder 311-328: Miscellany
Series VI.: Photographs, 1917-1975 (folders 329-373)
Box 7-8
Folder 329-373: Photographs
Series VII.: Reference, 1938-1976 (folders 374-1923)
Box 8
Folder 374: "ABC of Medicare's Foundation", 1962
Folder 375: Aircade for Citizenship Action, 1964
Folder 376: American Association of Retired People, 1971-1972
Folder 377: American Conservative Society, 1962
Folder 378: Americans Concerned Today in Our Nation, no date
Folder 379-380: Americans for Constitutional Action, 1961-1964
Folder 381: American Institute for Economic Research, 1959
Folder 382: Atomic Energy, no date
Folder 383-385: Blue Ballot Amendments, 1950-1962
Folder 386-393: Bricker Amendment, 1951-1956
Folder 394: Broyles Bills, 1953
Box 8-10
Folder 395-541: Campaigns, 1950-1976
Box 10
Folder 542: Center for Research in Urban Government, 1965
Folder 543-545: Civil Defense, 1957-1962
Box 11
Volume 1: Campaign Factbook (1 volume), 1972
Box 12-13
Folder 546-600: Clippings, 1934-1976
Box 13
Folder 601: Committee for Economic Development, 1952
Folder 602-609: Communism, 1948-1953, 1963-1966
Folder 610-612: Communism in the Church, 1952-1954
Folder 613: Community Hospital, 1965-1971
Folder 614-615: Congress, 1953-1955, 1961-1962
Folder 616: Cumulative Voting, 1955
Folder 617: Dixon-Yates, 1955
Folder 618-619: East, John L., 1966-1969
Folder 620-623: Education, 1950-1961
Folder 624: The Educational Reviewer, 1953
Folder 625: Electoral College, 1960-1961
Folder 626-627: Erlenborn, John, 1965-1966
Folder 628: Errington, Sir Eric, 1967
Folder 629-631: Federal Budget, 1951-1956
Folder 632-634: Flick-Reedy Education Association, 1961-1966
Folder 635-637: Foreign Policy, 1953-1968
Folder 638-642: Foundation for Economic Education, Incorporated, 1949-1953, 1970-1971
Folder 643: Free Trade, 1953
Folder 644: Freedom Foundation Awards, circa 1953
Folder 645: Government Publications, 1954-1955
Box 14
Folder 646: Great Books, 1947-1956
Folder 647-649: Harper, Philip S., 1938-1954
Folder 650: Hoover Commission, no date
Folder 651: Housing, no date
Folder 652: Illinois History, 1957, 1961-1968
Folder 653: Illinois Intelligencer, 1966-1967
Folder 654-655: Illinois Publications, 1955-1957
Folder 656-659: Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, 1954-1962
Folder 660: Infant Welfare Society, 1971
Folder 661-663: League of Women Voters, 1952-1960
Folder 664-670: Liberty Amendment, 1962-1966
Folder 671-676: Maps, 1952-1971
Folder 677: Mass Transit, 1960
Folder 678-680: McCarthy, Joseph, 1947-1954
Folder 681: Medicare, 1952-1965
Folder 682-683: Mental Health, 1955-1961
Folder 684-687: Money Markets, 1952-1956
Folder 688: Moore, Jean, 1973-1975
Folder 689-691: Mount Holyoke College, 1962
Folder 692: National Accelerator Laboratory, 1968-1971
Box 14-18
Folder 693-871: Newsletters, 1950-1976
Box 18-19
Folder 872-901: Notes, 1952-1975
Box 19
Folder 902: Notes on Speeches, 1955
Folder 903: Obscenity, 1959-1960
Folder 904-906: Peace, 1959-1963
Folder 907-912: Cook County, 1952-1971
Folder 913-921: DuPage County, 1955-1972
Folder 922-928: DuPage County. DuPage County Clerk. Elections, 1954-1974
Folder 929-941: DuPage County. DuPage County Clerk. Lists, 1960-1974
Box 19-37
Folder 907-1842: Reference. Politics file, 1944-1976
Box 19-20
Folder 942-980: DuPage County. DuPage County Federation of Republica Women's Clubs, 1954-1975
Box 20
Folder 981-983: DuPage County. DuPage County Jury Commission, 1945-1976
Folder 984: DuPage County. DuPage County Jury Commission. Clippings, 1952-1953
Folder 985-987: DuPage County. DuPage County Jury Commission. Correspondence, 1953-1975
Folder 988-992: DuPage County. DuPage County Jury Commission. Juror Selection, 1952-1974
Folder 993-994: DuPage County. DuPage County Jury Commission. Notes, 1953-1957
Box 20-22
Folder 995-1091: DuPage County. DuPage County Republican Central Committee, 1944-1975
Box 22-26
Folder 1092-1263: DuPage County. DuPage County Townships, 1946-1976
Box 22-23
Folder 1092-1121: DuPage County. DuPage County Townships, no date
Box 23-24
Folder 1122-1171: DuPage County. DuPage County Townships. Card file, no date
Box 24
Folder 1172-1174: DuPage County. DuPage County Townships. Precinct Workers Kit, no date.
Box 24-26
Folder 1175-1263: DuPage County. DuPage County Townships, 1946-1976
Box 26-27
Folder 1264-1275: DuPage County. DuPage County Young Republicans, 1952, 1960-1972
Box 27
Folder 1276-1280: DuPage County. Glen Ellyn Women's Republican Club, 1954-1974
Folder 1281: DuPage County. John Ericsson Republican Club of DuPage County, 1959-1971
Folder 1282: DuPage County. Republican Workshops of DuPage County, 1963-1967
Folder 1283-1299: Illinois, 1953-1975
Box 27-29
Folder 1300-1409: Illinois. Illinois Federation of Republican Women's Clubs, 1953-1974
Box 27-28
Folder 1300-1338: Illinois. Illinois Federation of Republican Women's Clubs, 1953-1955
Box 28
Folder 1339-1359: Illinois. Illinois Federation of Republican Women's Clubs, 1956-1959
Box 28-29
Folder 1360-1409: Illinois. Illinois Federation of Republican Women's Clubs, 1960-1974
Box 29-30
Folder 1410-1470: Illinois. Illinois State Central Committee, 1950-1972
Box 30
Folder 1471-1475: Illinois. Illinois State Treasurer's Reports, 1955-1966
Folder 1476: Illinois. John Ericsson Republican League of Illinois, 1971
Folder 1477-1480: Illinois. Republican Citizens' Finance Committee of Illinois, 1950-1956
Folder 1481: Illinois. Republican Citizens League of Illinois, 1961
Folder 1482-1484: Illinois. Republican Legislative Policy Committee, 1966-1970
Box 30-31
Folder 1485-1487: Illinois. Republican Workshops of Illinois, 1959-1966
Box 31
Folder 1488-1502: Illinois. United Republican Fund of Illinois, 1956-1975
Folder 1507: Kane County, 1965
Folder 1508: Kendall County, 1963-1967
Folder 1509-1510: Lake County, 1965-1966
Folder 1511: National, 1953-1957
Folder 1512: National. Abraham Lincoln National Republican Club, 1955-1960
Folder 1513: National. House Republican Conference, 1967
Folder 1514: National. National Council of Republican Workshops, 1963
Folder 1515-1547: National. National Federation of Republican Women, 1953-1955
Box 31-32
Folder 1503-1560: Illinois. Young Republican Organization of Illinois, Incorporated, 1953-1969
Folder 1548-1602: National. National Federation of Republican Women, 1956-1962
Box 31-33
Folder 1515-1643: National. National Federation of Republican Women, 1953-1973
Box 32-33
Folder 1603-1630: National. National Federation of Republican Women, 1963-1967
Box 33
Folder 1631-1643: National. National Federation of Republican Women, 1968-1973
Folder 1644-1654: National. National Republican Congressional Committee, 1954-1970
Folder 1655: National. National Republican Senatorial Committee, 1954-1971
Folder 1656: National. Republican Centennial Committee, 1954
Folder 1657-1661: National. Republican Education Foundation, 1954-1956
Box 33-36
Folder 1662-1834: National. Republican National Committee, 1950-1975
Box 36
Folder 1835: National. Republican National Finance Committee, 1960, 1969
Folder 1836: National. Republican Policy Study League, 1953
Folder 1837: National. Teen Age Republicans, 1966-1972
Folder 1838: National. Young Republican National Federation, 1965
Folder 1839: National. Young Republican National Leadership Training Institute, Incorporated, 1962
Folder 1840: Putnam County, circa 1954
Folder 1841: Will County, 1963-1969
Folder 1842: Winnebago County, no date
Box 37
Folder 1843: Politics and Business, 1956
Folder 1844-1878: Public Statements, 1949-1975
Folder 1879-1880: Reading file, 1971
Folder 1881-1883: Reapportionment, 1964-1966
Folder 1884: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1970
Folder 1885: Rickard, Theodore, 1960
Folder 1886: Right to Work, 1953-1966
Folder 1887: Schlafly, Phyllis, 1956-1968
Folder 1888: Small Business Administration, 1971-1972
Folder 1889: Social Security, 1952-1953
Box 37-38
Folder 1890-1891: Taft-Hartley Act, 1953-1959
Box 38
Folder 1892-1895: Taxes, 1953-1967
Folder 1896-1898: Tourism Brochures, 1954-1973
Folder 1899: "Uncommon Men", 1955
Box 38-39
Folder 1900-1918: United Nations, 1948-1957
Box 39
Folder 1919: Universal Military Training, 1951
Folder 1920-1921: Women, 1956-1970
Folder 1922: World Politics Program, circa 1953
Folder 1923: York Center Community Co-Op, 1961
Series VIII.: Memorabilia, 1966-1975

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Audio-Visual, 1964],
[Series II.: Certificates, 1914-1975 (folders 1-4)],
[Series III.: Correspondence, 1931-1976 (folders 5-127)],
[Series IV.: Miscellany, 1951-1976 (folders 128-140)],
[Series V.: Personal File, circa 1900-1976 (folders 141-328)],
[Series VI.: Photographs, 1917-1975 (folders 329-373)],
[Series VII.: Reference, 1938-1976 (folders 374-1923)],
[Series VIII.: Memorabilia, 1966-1975],
[All]


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