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League of Women Voters of Pulaski County Records

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Finding aid for the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County Records UALR.MS.0262


UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

February 27, 2017

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-02-27T15:43-0600
Language: English

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
creatorLeague of Women Voters (Pulaski County, Ark.).
Title: League of Women Voters of Pulaski County Records
Dates: 1952-2015
Quantity: 14.92 linear feet; 26 document boxes and 4 flat boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0262

Scope and Contents Note

The League of Women Voters of Pulaski County records contain correspondence, financial records, information on issues and studies, publications and press coverage, and audio and video files that document not only the larger events and studies done by the national League, but also the records of day-to-day operations of the Pulaski County chapter. The Pulaski County League often wrote to local and national elected officials, encouraging a vote for or against an issue, and such correspondence is included. Communication between the board and League members gives details about preparation for voter registration drives, meetings, and other events. Proceedings at board meetings are well-documented, with not only agendas and minutes but information from the national League on how board meetings should proceed. Many political issues were researched by the Pulaski County League: topics include voter registration, education, water quality, zoning, lobbying, the Equal Rights Amendment, health care, and more.

Historical Note

In 1920 January the Arkansas Gazette mentioned the beginnings of the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County (LWVPC). There is no information available about the League’s development after its 1920 inception until its reformation in 1952.

The LWVPC was formally organized on 1952 February 12. A provisional league was established and the first by-laws were adopted. By 1953 there were thirty-five members. In 1953, December LWVPC was granted full standing as a local league by the League of Women Voters of the United States. The League's general objectives are to establish positions on public policy through member participation and agreement, take concerted actions that secure public policies consistent with League positions, enhance citizen participation in federal, state, and local governmental decisions, and increase citizen participation in the election process.

The League focused on educating voters in their formative years. They took on more issues as they grew in membership. Issues that were undertaken by the LWVPC to date include: health care, reproductive rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, lobbying, voter service, education, environment, state government, and local government. In addition, LWVPC members have observed elected bodies and written reports of their progress. These bodies include, but are not limited to: Pulaski County Quorum Court, Little Rock City Board of Directors, and Little Rock Planning Commission. LWPC also sponsors voter registration drives and works Pulaski County polling locations. They have one recurring annual publication to date entitled Guide to Elected Officials. They also distribute a monthly newsletter that was titled The Pulaski County Voter until 1981 April when the title was changed to The Voter.

City planning--Arkansas--Pulaski County
Equal rights amendment--United States
Feminism--Arkansas--Pulaski County
Public interest lobbying--Arkansas--Pulaski County
Reproductive rights
Social advocacy--Arkansas--Pulaski County
Voter registration--Arkansas--Pulaski County
Women political activists--Arkansas--Pulaski County
Women--Political activity--Arkansas--Pulaski County
Women's rights--Arkansas--Pulaski County
Women--Suffrage--Arkansas--Pulaski County


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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

League of Women Voters of Pulaski County, UALR.MS.0262. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, box number, file number, League of Women Voters of Pulaski County, UALR.MS.0262.

Acquisition Information

Received from Marion Fulk, March 1990; Linda Pine, July 1997; Carolyn Richesin, December 1997; Shirley McFarlin, April 2000; and Nell Matthews, February 2016.

Processing by:

Danielle Butler, Graduate Assistant and Emily Phillips, Intern, Univeristy of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2016.

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