NWPC-Santa Clara County Chapter Records MSS.2013.03.01

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
(408) 808-2062

Title: NWPC-Santa Clara Chapter Records
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2013.03.01
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.76 Linear feet ,6 boxes
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1990-2000
Date (inclusive): 1973-2002
Abstract: This collection documents the Santa Clara County Chapter of the National Women's Poltical Caucus, 1973-2002. It consists of adminstrative and financial records, meeting minutes, membership directories, candidate interviews, ephemera, decorative aprons, and a banner.
Physical Location: Range 22B, Bay 6.


The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

NWPC-Santa Clara County Chapter Records, MSS-2013-03-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Organizational/Biographical History

The National Women's Political Caucus was founded in 1971 by a group of prominent women that included Gloria Steinem, former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, former Congresswoman Bella Abzug, Dorothy Height, and Jill Ruckelshaus as the only national organization dedicated exclusively to increasing women's participation in all areas of political and public life. Subsequently, the Santa Clara County Caucus was established in 1973, as a way to specifically help elect female polticians to local government. Through financial and moral support, the local Santa Clara County Caucus promoted and helped elect the first female major of San Jose, Janet Gray Hayes as well as Susan Hammer , Congresswoman Anna Eshoo , Zoe Lofgren and many more female politicians to all levels of government regardless of party affiliation. In 2002, the Santa Clara County Caucus disbanded due to inactivity.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection documents the Santa Clara County Chapter of the National Women's Poltical Caucus, 1973-2002. It consists of adminstrative and financial records, meeting minutes, membership directories, candidate interviews, ephemera, decorative aprons, and a banner.


This collection has been arranged into six series, Series I: Administrative History, 1973-2002; Series II: Campaign Political Action Committee Materials,1976-2000; Series III: Publicity Materials,1977-2000; Series IV: Memorabilia; Series V: Other Caucus Chapters, 1976-1998.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

California -- Santa Clara Valley -- Politics and Government
National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.)
Nonprofit organization -- California -- San José.
Political activists--California
Women -- California -- San José --Societies and clubs
Women -- Political activity -- Santa Clara County
Women in politics -- California -- History
Women political activists--California--San Francisco Bay Area.
Women – California – Santa Clara County – History


NWPC-Santa Clara County Chapter Records Series I: Administrative Files and Mailing Lists, 1976-2000

Physical Description

5 Boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This series documents the administrative history of the National Women's Political - (NWPC) Santa Clara County Caucus from 1973-2000. It includes meeting minutes ,correspondence, financial and legal records, membership lists, directories and records, as well as organizational voting ballots and bylaws and procedures . In addition there are materials documenting the Annual NWPC Conventions in 1976, 1980, and 1990-1992 held in San Jose ad San Francisco as well as a detailed history of the National Women's Political Caucus. Also included in this series are three boxes of the organization's mailing lists in the format of 4" x6" note cards.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 1


Folder 1: Administrative Organizational Materials


Folder 2: Agenda


Folder 3: NWPC Ballots


Folder 4:Caucus Credential Requirement Reports


Folder 5: Christi Welter Files


Folder 6-7: Convention, 1980,1990-1992


Folder 8-9: Correspondence,1978-2001


Folder 10:Corespondence: Membership


Folder 11: Credential Requirement Reports


Folder 12: Demographic Surveys


Folder 13: Elections, 1993


Folder 14 : Executive Board Materials


Folder 15: Fax Reports


Folder 16: FPCC Forms


Folder 17-32: Financial Records, 1975-2002


Folder 33: History of the NWPC-SC


Folder 34: NWPC History Project


Folder 35: Legislative Materials


Folder 36: Letterhead


Folder 37: Mailing Lists undated


Folder 38-51: Meeting Minutes, 1973-1998 1973-1998


Folder 52-56: Membership Directories, 1973-1992 1973-1992


Folder 57: Membership Materials,1999 1999


Folder 58-59: Membership Reports and Updates


Folder 60-61: Membership Renewals List


Folder 62: Membership Policies and Procedures


Folder 63: Miscellaneous Memos and Notes


Folder 64: Motion Forms


Folder 65-67: Oganizational By laws and Policies


Folder 68: Questionaires and Forms


Folder 69: School District Election Materials


Folder 70:Senate Bill no. 1541


Box 2


Mailing List A-G


Box 3


Mailing List H-Q


Box 4


Mailing List R-Z


NWPC-Santa Clara County Chapter Records Series II: Campaign Poltical Action Committee Materials 1976-2000

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This series documents the Political Action Committees (PAC) of the organization created to find potential political candidates to endorse. Potential candidates filled out questionnaires that would help the caucus determine the candidate's stance on women's issues such as federally funded day care, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Following the questionnaire, potential candidates would then be interviewed by 4-5 caucaus members to further determine how the potential candidate would help support women's issues. Candidates would then be notified via mail whether or not the NWPC would endorse them. As the organization was non-partisan, democratic and republican female candidates would be endorsed. In addition, the caucus also endorsed male political candidates, however male candidates could not receive funding per the policies of National Women's Poltitcal Caucas.
Included within this series are candidate interviews and questionaires from various male and female politicians such as Ron Didiron Jr, Miriam E. Wolff, Frank Biehl, Maureen Hansen, Pete Carrillo, Ken Yeager and many other candidates; correspondence to and from candidates; nomination recommendations and reports; candidate's publicity materials and the Political Action Committee strategies and procedures.


This series is arranged alphabetically and by date.

Box 5 1990-2000


Folder 1: Candidate Endorsement Ballots 1990


Folder 2: Candidate Endorsement Material


Folder 3: Candidate Endorsement Policy 1993


Folder 4-11: Candidate Interviews and Questionaires 1978-1980,1990-1994


Box 6


Folder 12-14 : Candidate Interviews and Questionaires 1996-1998


Folder 15-16: Candidate Nomination Reports 1994,2000


Folder 17: Candidate Publicity Materials


Folder 18-19: Correspondence


Folder 20: Election Feasibilty amd Candidate Screening Committee Materials


Folder 21: Endorsement Applicants 1991


Folder 22: Endorsement Recommendations 1993


Folder 23: Incomplete Candidate Questionaires


Folder 24: Interview Schedules and Timelines


Folder 25: Political Action Committee Roster


Folder 26:Poltical Action Committee Process Materials


Folder 27: Strategies and Procedures


NWPC-Santa Clara County Chapter Records Series III: Publicity Materials 1977-2002

Physical Description

1 Box

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of the organization's publicity materials including newsletters, flyers for events and activities such as the sexual harrassment lecture titled "Speak Out/Teach In on Sexual Harrasment...You are not Alone", press releases, promotional materials and spaghetti dinner materials. Other printed matter from non NWPC organizations including the Community Coalition Network, an organization based in San Diego County that avocates a sectarian free society are represented.Scholars interested in feminism and women in politics will find material on the "50/50 by 2000" campaign, a bi-partisan movement started by George A. Dean and supported by organizations such as the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) and National Organization for Women (NOW) to achieve gender equality in the Federal and State Government by the year 2000. Also of interest within the collection are two DAWN Reports, a monthly newsletter produced by Democratic Activists for Women Now, and "Women in Action Lobby Day", a event designed to educate state policymakers on issues relating to sexual harassment and reproductive freedom.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject matter.

Box 7


Folder 1: 50/50 by 2000 Campaign


Folder 2: "Career Closet"


Folder 3 :Coalition of Labor Union Women News 1997


Folder 4: Community Coalition Network Materials


Folder 5: The DAWN Report 1993,1998


Folder 6: Events and Activities Publicity materials 1991-1997


Folder 7: Hal Plotkin Articles 1980-1986


Folder 8: Hal Plotkin Letters


Folder 9: Metro Magazine 1990-1993


Folder 10: Miscellaneous articles related to women's issues


Folder 11-21: Newsletters 1974-2000


Folder 22: Photos


Folder 23: Printed Matter


Folder 24: Pro Choice Materials


Folder 25: Press Release


Folder 26: Promotional Materials


Folder 27: Retirement Speech


Folder 28: "Speak Out/Teach In on Sexual Harrasment...You are not Alone" and other related materials 1992


Folder 29:NWPC Silent Auction


Folder 30: Spaghetti Dnner Materials 1992-1998


Folder 31: Women in Action~Lobby Day 1992


Folder 32: Women's Political Times 1993-2000


NWPC-Santa Clara County Chapter Records Series IV: Memorabilia, undated

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of a collection kitchen aprons that were autographed by local politicans and a large fabric banner that reads "National Women's Poltical Caucus". In addition there is a scrapbook that features newspaper clippings and photos.


This series is arranged by format.

Box 8


Folder 1: Spaghetti Dinner Aprons


Folder 2: Scrapbook


Box 9


Folder 1: NWPC Banner


NWPC-Santa Clara County Chapter Records Series V: Other Caucus Chapters 1976-2002

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of a variety of documents including newsletters, financial records, correspondence, meeting minutes and membership rosters primarily from the NWPC-California Chapter. In addition, there are limited materials from other NWPC caucuses including Kern County, Orange County, and Santa Barbara.


This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box 10


Folder 1: Affirmative Action Program and Reports 1978-1979,1990-1991


Folder 2: AFL-CIO Questionnaires 1993


Folder 3: California Quarterly 1997-2000


Folder 4: Correspondence 1976-1997


Folder 5: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee List 1993


Folder 6 : Endorsement Policies and Procedures


Folder 7: Financial Records 1988-1991


Folder 8: Gazette, A Journal of Membership News, Dues, and Views 2001


Folder 9: Incomplete Canidate Questionnaires


Folder 10: Meeting Minutes 1980, 1990-1991


Folder 11: Membership Reports 1997-1998


Folder 12: Membership Roster 1992-1994


Folder 13: Organizational By Laws and Procedures 1990-1992


Folder 14:NWPC-CA Organizational Material 1976


Folder 15: NWPC-Orange County Organizational Material 1974-1975


Folder 16: Reports 1992


Folder 17: State Steering Committee 1975-1976,1980