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Rockford League of Women Voters Records

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Organizational Records

Subject Files

Scrapbooks

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

Addendum 3

Addendum 4



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Collection Overview

Title: Rockford League of Women Voters Records, 1922+

ID: RHC/RC/178

Extent: 20.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is divided into four series: Organizational Records, Subject Files which are arranged alphabetically, Scrapbooks, and Byron Nuclear Plant Intervention.

Date Acquired: 10/08/1985. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Byron (Ill.), Byron Nuclear Plant, Commonwealth Edison Company, DeKalb (Ill.), DeKalb Area Alliance for Responsible Energy (DAARE), Energy, Illinois Commerce Commission, League of Women Voters, League of Women Voters (Rockford, Ill.), Public utilities, Rockford (Ill.), Sinnissippi Alliance for the Environment (SAFE), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, United States--Politics and government, Westside Community Organization (WESCO), Women--Societies and clubs.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the activities of the Rockford League of Women Voters from its founding in 1922 to the present. Included in Series I, is historical materials, by-laws, minutes of meetings, correspondence, and newsletters. Among the broad range of topics covered in the Series II are nuclear power, China, education, ERA, flood control, housing, and the status of women. Most of the files fall within the 1960-1985 time period. Series III contains scrapbooks spanning the years from 1922-1978. They are especially useful in documenting the League's activities before WW II. Series IV, Byron Nuclear Plant Intervention, along with the DAARE/SAFE Collection (RC 212), documents the League’s involvement in the joint plant intervention

Collection Historical Note

The Rockford League of Women Voters was founded April 22, 1922, two years after the state organization had been established. Among the Rockford Leagues's charter members were: Julia Lathrop, noted for her work on the Children's Bureau and the League of Nation's Commission; Mabel Ashton Johnson, the founder of the Visiting Nurses Association; and Kate O'Connor, a founder of the State League of Women Voters and coordinator of Illinois' welfare program for women and children. The Rockford League's first President was Mrs. William C. Free.

Through a concentration on such topics as International Relations, Economic Welfare, Government Structure, Public Health, and Voter Services, the Rockford League pursues its purpose "...to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government." (By-laws, amended April 26, 1980). These efforts have involved the Rockford League in redevelopment projects, the push for a state constitutional convention, and a serious review of local government structure. In all their activities, the Rockford League of Women Voters remains politically nonpartisan.

Subject/Index Terms

Byron (Ill.)
Byron Nuclear Plant
Commonwealth Edison Company
DeKalb (Ill.)
DeKalb Area Alliance for Responsible Energy (DAARE)
Energy
Illinois Commerce Commission
League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters (Rockford, Ill.)
Public utilities
Rockford (Ill.)
Sinnissippi Alliance for the Environment (SAFE)
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
United States--Politics and government
Westside Community Organization (WESCO)
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records were donated at a later date.

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.

Acquisition Source: Lee Larson

Acquisition Method: Lee Larson, President, donated the Rockford League of Women Voters Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 8, 1985.

Related Materials: <font face="Times New Roman">Series IV, Byron Nuclear Plant Intervention, along with the DAARE/SAFE Collection (RC 212), documents the League’s involvement in the joint plant intervention.</font>


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Organizational Records],
[Series II.: Subject Files],
[Series III.: Scrapbooks],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[Addendum 4],
[All]

Addendum 4
Box 19
Folder 1: Annual Meeting Reports, 2005-2008, 2011-2012
Folder 2: League of Women Voters Day Proclamation, 2005
Folder 3: Newspaper Articles, (2005-2013), no date
Folder 4: "We All Live in New Orleans Now" Community Fund Raising  Dinner, 2006
Folder 5: Election Calender, 2008-2009
Folder 6: Aldermanic Forum Program, 2009
Folder 7: "A Night to Honor Women Judges" Invitation, 2009
Folder 8: Financial Reports, 2009-2010, 2012
Folder 9: General Election Brochures, 2008, 2010
Folder 10: Meeting Minutes, 2010-2011
Folder 11: Membership Directory, 2010-2011
Folder 12: Candidate Election Forum, 2011, no date
Folder 13: Rockford School Board Candidate Forum, 2011
Folder 14: Recruitment Brochures, 2012
Folder 15: League of Women Voters of Illinois, 2009-2012
Folder 16: Rockford League of Women Voters Events, 2012
Folder 17: Rockford League of Women Voters Website, 2012
Folder 18: Rockford League of Women Voters Communuity Service Award Letter from Scott H. Christiansen, July 5, 2012

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Organizational Records],
[Series II.: Subject Files],
[Series III.: Scrapbooks],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[Addendum 4],
[All]


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