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League of Women Voters of Northampton records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00344

Scope and Contents

The records of the League of Women Voters of Northampton consist primarily of printed sources including their Constitution and By-Laws, Reports (1928-90s), publications, membership lists, correspondence (1937-90s), minutes (1922-90s), and research files. Also included are copies of the Massachusetts League Bulletin (1936-70); transcripts of League- sponsored radio broadcasts; videotapes of televised informational broadcasts and forums with local political candidates; and publications and fliers produced by the League concerning the structure and functions of local government, housing issues, schools, voter services and welfare reform.

Dates of Materials

  • 1922 - 1999

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. AV materials may not be viewed until research use copies are made.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

The National League of Women Voters was founded by victorious suffrage activists in 1920 to represent newly enfranchised women and "to foster education in citizenship and to support needed legislation." The Northampton (Mass.) chapter was formed Sept 19, 1922. In keeping with the national organizaton's original mission, Northampton members publish a LWV Bulletin, write newspaper columns, produce radio programs, and publications aimed at increasing public awareness of local political issues, government structure, voting rights and procedures. In addition to their efforts in the arena of electoral politics, League members also work to raise citizens' awareness about local community issues such as schools, welfare, housing, city planning, taxes, garbage collection, water purification, and public health.

Extent

16 boxes (9.5 linear feet)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Civic improvement and political organization. Records consist primarily of reports (1928-90s), publications, membership lists, correspondence, minutes, and research files. Also included are transcripts of League-sponsored radio broadcasts; videotapes of televised informational broadcasts and forums with local political candidates; and publications and educational fliers produced by the League concerning the structure and functions of local government, housing issues, schools, voter services and welfare reform.

Arrangement

This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.
Title
League of Women Voters of Northampton records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2021-07-12: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063