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Guide to the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville Records, 1911-[ongoing]
BANC MSS 73/107 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville records,
    Date (inclusive): 1911-[ongoing]
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 73/107 c
    Creator: League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville (Calif.)
    Extent: Number of containers: 12 cartons, 1 oversize box, 3 oversize folders

    Linear feet: 15.0
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: The League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville (LWVBAE) Records, 1911-[ongoing], consist of administrative files, program material, and election services records. Program material includes records of league studies, positions, and action relating to local, state, and national issues. Local areas of concern include government structure, city finances, planning, government services, education, and social policy. Election services material relates to voter education and voter registration. The records include Board of Directors agendas and meeting minutes, bylaws, correspondence, financial statements, notes, reports, and clippings. Records in the collection date from 1911 to 2001, with the bulk dating from 1939-1992.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville Records, BANC MSS 73/107 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Related Collections

    Photos of the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, BANC PIC 1973.045
    League of Women Voters annual meeting, Phonotape 1386 A
    League of Women Voters of the Bay Area records, BANC MSS 2004/162 c
    League of Women Voters of the Bay Area 75th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage Oral History Project recordings, Phonotape 3704 C and BANC CD 526
    Motion pictures from the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area records, Motion Picture 978 C
    Photos of the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area, BANC PIC 2004.150

    Separated Material

    Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
    Sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville (Calif.)--Archives.

    League of Women Voters of Berkeley (Calif.)--Archives.

    Clubs--California--Berkeley.
    Political activists--California--Berkeley.
    Voter registration--California--Berkeley.
    Women--California--Berkeley--Societies and clubs.
    Women in politics--California--Berkeley.
    Women political activists--California--Berkeley.
    California--Politics and government.
    Cashbooks.
    Clippings.
    Minutes.
    Scrapbooks.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    The League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Phyllis V. Clement, President, League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville, on October 7, 1992. Additions were made on April 9, 1996, and during 2002-2003. Future additions are expected.

    Funding

    Funding for the processing of the records provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Organizational History

    The League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville (LWVBAE) was first established as the Berkeley Center of the California Civic League in 1911, when women won the right to vote in California. The League of Women Voters of the United States was established in 1920, the same year that the 19th amendment was ratified. One year later, the California Civic League merged with the League of Women Voters to became the California Unit of the League of Women Voters of the United States. At the same time, the Berkeley Center of the California Civic League became the Berkeley League of Women Voters. The most recent administrative change occurred in 1994, when Albany and Emeryville were added to the service area of the Berkeley League and the name was changed to the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville.
    The LWVBAE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, political organization that acts on select governmental issues in the public interest. Since its establishment, the League has maintained two major goals: to encourage active and informed citizen participation in government, and to act on public policy issues based on League positions. League positions are reached after research and study has been conducted on topics of interest, and agreement on the positions has been reached through member consensus.
    The topic of the League's first study during 1911 was incineration. Other early issues that concerned the League include prohibition (which the League strongly supported), equal rights, fair housing, libraries, recreation, school desegregation, counseling and guidance in public schools, sanitary landfills, storm sewers, health and mental health, recycling, juvenile justice, and labor relations. The League's current local support positions fall under several broad subjects including government structure, city finances, city planning, government services, education, and social policy. The current positions reflect long-standing themes in the League's mission to address and act on issues of public interest.
    In addition to League action on issues of public interest, the League provides a variety of election services to encourage informed citizen participation in government, including voter registration campaigns, the publication and distribution of educational materials, the provision of speakers to local groups, and by sponsoring candidates' meetings. The LWVBAE Election Services program officially began in 1924 when it sponsored public candidate's meetings. However prior to its formal establishment, in 1916 the LWVBAE supplied the Alameda County Clerk with over four hundred copies of a League publication, the Election Primer, for distribution to each precinct. In addition to voter education activities, voter registration services were also established early in the League's history and continue to play an important role in the League's mission.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville Records (LWVBAE), 1911-[ongoing], consist of administrative files, program material, and election services records. Program material includes records of League studies, positions, and action relating to local, state, and national issues. Local areas of concern include government structure, city finances, planning, government services, education, and social policy. Election services material relates to voter education and voter registration. The records include Board of Directors agendas and meeting minutes, bylaws, correspondence, financial statements, notes, reports, and clippings. Records in the collection date from 1911 to 2001, with the bulk dating from 1939-1992.
    Records generated at the regional, state, and national levels of the League of Women Voters organization are present in this collection due to the interaction among the various leagues and the League of Women Voters hierarchical organizational structure. The administrative records from other leagues are primarily located in Subseries 1.12, Other Leagues. Smaller concentrations of material from other leagues that pertain to studies, positions, action, and election services are interfiled throughout Series 2 and Series 3.
    The earliest records in the collection date from 1911 and consist of meeting records and one file on Women Suffrage. Meeting records are located in Subseries 1.1, Board of Directors, and in Subseries 1.6, Meetings. The file on Women Suffrage is located in Series 4. Subject Files. The collection also contains early financial material, dating from 1917, located in Subseries 1.10.
    Records on studies, positions, and action are located in Series 2, and date from 1936 when local leagues conducted a teacher tenure study. Topics of other studies, positions, and action in the collection include: the structure of Berkeley government (1950s-1980s); Berkeley city finances (1950s-1970s); housing in Berkeley, including issues such as rent control and low and moderate income housing (1940s-1990s); health and mental health issues (1950s-1970s); recreation (1940s-1970s); local libraries (1950s-1990s); education (1940s-1980s); child welfare (1930s-1970s); and California's Central Valley project and other water resources (1930s-1970s). With the exception of documentation that is present in early meeting records, material relating to the League's earliest studies, positions, and action (ca. 1911-1930s) is largely missing from the collection.
    LWVBAE publications and associated records are located in Series 1. Administrative Files, and in Series 3. Election Services. General publications are located in Subseries 1.8, Publications, and include: About Berkeley Schools; Berkeley, Know Your Town: A Handbook of Local Government; Local League Handbook: Berkeley Supplement; and What the League of Women Voters Means to Berkeley. The file on Berkeley Voter includes records only, as the publications were removed and cataloged separately. Publications that were created and distributed as part of the LWVBAE Election Services are located in Subseries 3.2, Information Services, and include Candidates' Questionnaire, Pros and Cons, and Voters Guide to Candidates and Issues.
    Records of the LWVBAE are also held by the California Historical Society and include correspondence, minutes, reports, and action surveys, dating from 1959 to the 1960s.