Records of the League of Women Voters of Arlington, VA, Inc., 1945-2001
Collection NumberRG 44
HistoryThe League of Women Voters of the United States was formed in 1920 in order to foster education in citizenship and to support improved legislation, but the organization is allied with no political party. From 1900 to 1946 the League was a federation of state leagues, but in 1946 it became an association of members enrolled in local leagues.
The Arlington-Alexandria League was provisionally founded in 1944 and divided into two separate branches in 1947. An important emphasis has been voter information services and the production of studies on local and state issues.
Scope and ContentRecord Group 44 houses records of the League of Women Voters of Arlington, Virginia, 1945-2001. Making up a small proportion of the collection are some scattered papers of the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area, 1971-1995; of the League of Women Voters of Virginia, 1975-1993; and of the League of Women Voters of the United States, 1971-1994. The records give a good overview of the most important governmental and social issues of Arlington, of Virginia, and of the United States in the post-World War II era. The collection measures approximately 23 linear feet.
The Arlington branch of the League of Women Voters has studied schools (including integration and financing), voting rights, use and conservation of natural resources, housing, transportation, public health, public welfare, and women's rights. The National Capital Area also took an interest in these topics. These topics are reflected in their records.
Records of the League of Virginia and of the United States focus more on national elections, international relations, federal and state taxation, energy policy, Congressional policies, and urban instability.
Types of material include annual reports, bylaws, minutes, memberships and financial records, correspondence, committee reports, subject studies, voter guides, candidate questionnaires, bulletins, clippings, photographs and video cassettes.
Arrangement and DescriptionRecord Group 44 is arranged into series by type of material. Within series, arrangement is chronological or alphabetical. Additional accretions were added to the end of the collection, so certain material types may be found in each accretion separately.
ProvenanceThe records within accretion #1 were donated to the library by members of the Arlington League, in 1990. Accretion #2 was donated in 1998, and Accretion #3 in 2000.
RestrictionsThere are no research restrictions on Record Group 44.
Related CollectionsWomen active in the League of Women Voters and with Arlington politics have materials in our collection: see RG 19, Personal Papers of Elizabeth Campbell, RG 194, Alice Sufit Personal Papers (who donated the scrapbooks), RG 333, Ellen Bozman Papers, and RG 65, Personal Papers of Mary A. Marshall. RG 17, Organized Women Voters Records, is for a local organization with similar goals as the League of Women Voters. RG 26, Campaign Literature, has flyers and mailers dealing with the candidates and issues the League dealt with over many decades.