Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

League of Women Voters of Dallas Collection

1935-1994



Overview of the Collection

Creator: League of Women Voters, Dallas Chapter
Title: League of Women Voters of Dallas Collection
Dates: 1935-1994
Abstract:
Accession No.: MA93-15
Quantity: 10.58 linear feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Historical Sketch

Dallas became the fifth city in Texas to establish a local League of Women Voters when a group of sixteen women formed the Dallas Branch of the Texas League of Women Voters on April 13, 1938. The name was changed to Dallas County League of Women Voters in 1942, and in 1953 the present name was adopted: League of Women Voters of Dallas.

Mrs. E. L. DeGoyler was elected first president of the Dallas League, and Mrs. H. Abbott, vice president. The Dallas League began its first full year in September, 1939, with 60 members. General membership meetings were held monthly with speakers from outside the League, as well as two study/discussion groups that met every other week. Meetings took place in members' homes, although some special membership teas and other functions took place at the Stoneleigh and Melrose hotels. Some of the first unit meetings in 1942 were conducted by Miss Edna Rowe, longtime teacher at Forest Avenue High School and later principal, at Cokesbury Book Store in downtown Dallas.

Beginning with the "Know Your Town" survey, the Dallas League has studied a variety of governmental issues relating to city and county government, as well as school and hospital districts. League members have also participated in studies of state and national government issues as members of the state and national Leagues. Another important aspect of League activity has been voter service, which involves providing non-partisan information to the community on elections and candidates through Voters Guides, candidates meetings, and encouraging voter registration.

The Dallas League's membership grew primarily by word of mouth and invitation from members to their friends. Most members during the League's first two or three decades did not work outside the home. This contributed to the League's ability to research, study, and inform members about issues of the day. Members had more time to attend meetings in the community and make sure that the League's views were understood. Consequently, the 1950s and 1960s saw the Dallas League's maximum annual membership. The 1970s saw a decline in membership though, and the minutes frequently mentioned "the increasing number of women returning to school and work."

The membership continued to decline in the 1980s and by the 1990s the number of units had dropped from 16 units to 8 units by 1992. However, the Dallas League continued to adapt to an ever-changing world and champion important issues. Through the years, the issues that have been important to the Dallas League of Women Voters are education, voters service, trade, foreign affairs and the United Nations, the judicial process, human resources, city/county government and urban planning, human rights and women's issues, and natural resources.


Scope and Contents

The League of Women Voters of Dallas (LWVD) Collection, consisting of 31 boxes, is composed primarily of materials collected by the LWVD for their official files. The collection covers the period from 1935-1994; however, the bulk of the material ranges from 1940-1989. Included in the collection are correspondence, administrative files, newspaper clippings, newsletters, publications, scrapbooks, photographs and assorted material associated with League activities and programs.

The collection is organized in thirteen series. The first series is League correspondence, which consist of Action, Equal Rights Amendment, nomination, LWVD presidential, and Texas LWV correspondence. The second series is the administrative files, which includes meeting agendas, financial data, membership, planning, public relations, training and other items associated with the LWVD administration. The third series includes annual meeting workbooks and reports. The fourth, fifth and sixth series consists of material related to the local and national activities and programs in which the LWVD was involved. The seventh series is the newspaper clippings that were collected about the League and its activities and topics that were pertinent to the League's goals or activities. The eighth series contains various printed materials that were published by the League or were related to their activities and programs. The ninth, tenth and eleventh series are printed materials that were produced by the LWVD and include monthly bulletins that announce meetings, events and other League information; Voter newsletters that announce meetings and events and other League information; and the Voters Guide which describes the candidates for various public offices. The twelfth series is the LWVD scrapbooks, an account book and guest book. The thirteenth series is League photographs and an audio tape. The local, school and national activity and program files comprise the bulk of the collection and contain the widest variety of materials.

The League of Women Voters of Dallas collection was processed by Carol Roark, Allison Baker, John Cloninger, and Margaret Foley. The series order was decided by the final processing archivist, Allison Baker. All paper clips and staples were removed from the material.

The LWVD collection contains information on a variety of topics that would be of interest to researchers. The Collection reflects the political, social, and economic environment of Dallas from the middle to latter part of the twentieth century. The changing role of women in society is visible in the membership and the issues that the League faced, and is an important source for women's history. The Collection also contains information on candidates who were running for various Dallas public offices and information pertaining to Dallas City and County government and their programs and activities. Education was important to the Dallas League, and researchers will find material on Dallas area educational issues.


 

Arrangement

Box 1 Correspondence
Box 2 Administrative Files
Box 3 Annual Meetings & Reports
Box 4 Local Activities & Programs (A - Co)
Box 5 Local Activities & Programs (Co - Da)
Box 6 Local Activities & Programs (Da - Hu)
Box 7 Local Activities & Programs (J - M)
Box 8 Local Activities & Programs (N - R)
Box 9 Local Activities & Programs (R - Tr)
Box 10 Local Activities & Programs (Tr - W)
Box 11 Local Activities & Programs (B - J) Schools
Box 12 Local Activities & Programs (J - Y) Schools
Box 13 National Activities & Programs
Box 14 Newspaper Clippings 1940 -1977
Box 15 Newspaper Clippings 1977 - 1991,n.d.
Box 16 Publications
Box 17 Bulletins 1940 - 1954
Box 18 Voter Newsletter 1954 - 1969
Box 19 Voter Newsletter 1970 - 1974
Box 20 Voter Newsletter 1975 - 1979
Box 21 Voter Newsletter 1980 - 1985
Box 22 Voter Guide 1944 - 1994
Box 23 Scrapbooks 1939 - 1946
Box 24 Scrapbooks 1947 - 1952
Box 25 Scrapbook/Guest book 1949 - 1962
Box 26 Scrapbooks 1958 - 1961
Box 27 Scrapbooks 1961 - 1963
Box 28 Scrapbooks 1963 - 1970
Box 29 Account Book 1965 - 1989
Box 30 Proclamations 1975 - 1976
Box 31 Photographs and Tapes 1958 - 1985

Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the League of Women Voters of Dallas Collection must be obtained from the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
League of Women Voters

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

League of Women Voters of Dallas, MA 93.15, Box number, Folder number, Texas/Dallas History and Archives, Dallas Public Library.

Acquisition Information

The League of Women Voters of Dallas Collection was donated to the Dallas Public Library, Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division. The Collection was transferred to the Library in several disbursements in 1993 and 1994, and was received by Carol Roark.


Bibliography

Key, Ellen Lindsey, Betsy Beesley, and et.al. 55 years of making a difference: an informal history of the League of Women Voters of Dallas, 1938-1993. Dallas, Texas: The League, 1993.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I. Correspondence 1940-1990

Arranged alphabetically by type of correspondence and thereunder chronologically. Letters to and from members of the Dallas League of Women Voters and the League President.
Box Folder
1
1 Action Correspondence 1940; 1961
2 Action Correspondence 1971; 1981-1982
3 Action Correspondence 1983-1984
4 Action Correspondence 1985
5 ERA Correspondence 1974
6 Miscellaneous Correspondence 1960-1985
7 Nominations Correspondence 1983-1990
8 President's Correspondence 1940-1978
9 President's Correspondence 1979-1985
10 President's Correspondence 1986-1987
11 President's Correspondence 1988
12 Texas League of Women Voters Correspondence 1942



 

Series II. Administrative Files 1903-1989

Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically. Agendas, financial documents, history, committees, membership information, minutes, policies.
Box Folder
2
1 Activities 1941-42; 1974
2 Agenda - Board Meeting 1941
3 Education Fund 1988-1989
4 Finance Committee 1941-1951
5 Finance 1947-1955
6 Finance 1961-1969
7 Finance 1970-1976
8 Helen Warren Degoyler - Memorial Service Program, February 13, 1995
9 History 1940-1983
10 Local Projects Committee 1944
11 Local Subscription Service 1969
12 Meeting/Program Scripts 1944; 1948
13 Membership 1940-1954
14 Membership 1955-1989
15 Minutes - Board Meetings 1941-1946
16 Newsletter Articles (typescript/manuscript) 1942; 1975
17 Policies 1966
18 Program Planning 1948-1955
19 Public Relations 1941-1968
20 State & Local Relations 1961-65; 1974
21 Training 1960; 1975



 

Series III. Annual Meetings and Reports 1947-1985

Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically. Annual meeting workbook and annual reports.
Box Folder
3
1 Annual Meeting 1973-1976
2 Annual Meeting 1977-1979
3 Annual Meeting 1980-1980
4 Annual Meeting 1983-1985
5 Annual Reports/Local 1959-1964
6 Annual Reports/Local 1964-1966
7 Annual Reports/Local 1967-1971
8 Annual Reports/Local 1974-1976
9 Annual Reports; Miscellaneous Years



 

Series IV. Local Activities & Programs 1935-1989

Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically. Activities and programs in which the League was involved in and/or sponsored.
Box Folder
4
1 Administrative of Justice 1950-1956
2 Administrative of Justice 1956-1957
3 Administrative of Justice 1972-1973
4 Administrative of Justice 1973-1974
5 Administrative of Justice 1974-1975
6 Administrative of Justice 1975-1976
7 Administrative of Justice 1976-1977
8 Administrative of Justice 1977-1982
9 Administrative of Justice 1978-1979
10 Administrative of Justice 1979-1980
11 Air Quality 1970-71; 1981-82
12 Bonds 1958
13 Candidate Forms 1962-1971
14 Citizen Participation - Historical 1978
15 Citizens Action Committee to Save Energy 1975
16 Citizens Coalition for Planning 1983-1989
17 Community Council of Greater Dallas 1968
18 County Government 1935-1939
Box Folder
5
1 County Government 1940-1949
2 County Government 1950-1959
3 County Government 1960-1964
4 County Government 1972-1980
5 Criminal Justice 1977-1978
6 Dallas: A Guide to City Services Book Project 1981
7 Dallas: A Guide to City Services Book Project 1982-1983
8 Dallas: A Guide to City Services Book Project 1984-1988
9 Dallas Alliance - History 1974-1978
10 Dallas Alliance on Shaping Safer Cities 1971-1973
11 Dallas Commission on Status of Women (LMV Involvement and History), 1969-1977
Box Folder
6
1 Dallas County 1949-1977
2 Dallas County Dept. of Public Welfare 1964
3 ECONOCT (Environmental Coalition of North Central Texas) 1970-1974
4 Energy 1975
5 Environment 1971; 1975
6 Goals for Dallas Public Library 1965-1975
7 Hazardous Waste 1980; 1982
8 Historic City Studies 1953-1982
9 Housing 1962-1969
10 Housing 1971-1979
11 Housing 1980-1981
12 Housing 1982-1983
13 Human Relations Committee Study 1966
Box Folder
7
1 Juveniles 1957-1960
2 Juveniles (Dallas County Youth Study) 1960-1963
3 Juvenile Justice 1948-1982
4 Land Use 1973-1977
5 Landlord Tenant Relations 1977
6 "Let My People Go" Community Review October 1943
7 Libraries - Dallas Public Library 1956
8 Libraries - Standards for Public Libraries 1956
9 Local Program Planning 1961-1966
10 Local Program Planning 1967-1976
11 Merit System 1940-1941
12 Miscellaneous Programs 1948-1978
Box Folder
8
1 Natural Resources 1970-1984
2 Organizational Affiliations 1972-1976
3 Park Cities Survey 1969
4 Park Cities Units 1970-1972
5 Poll Tax Campaign 1943-1944
6 Primary Debate 1984
7 Public Health 1963-1965
8 Radio & TV - Cable 1979-1980
9 Radio & TV - KERA Series 1961-1963
10 Radio & TV - Public Service Announcements 1972; 1978
11 Radio & TV -Spot Announcements & Interviews 1944-1967
Box Folder
9
1 Radio & TV - Spot Announcements & Press Releases 1967-1974
2 Radio & TV - "Viewpoint" on KOAX/FM Correspondence 1973
3 Radio & TV - "Viewpoint" on KOAX/FM Programming 1974-1975
4 Radio & TV - "Viewpoint" on KOAX/FM Scripts 1973
5 Radio & TV - "Viewpoint" on KOAX/FM Scripts 1974-1975
6 Radio & TV - Voters Digest on KTVT Channel 11 1966-1970
7 Radio & TV - Voters Digest 1970-1972
8 Sewage Treatment 1960
9 Solar Energy Tour April 11, 1979
10 Solid Waste 1977
11 Speakers Bureau 1956-1966
12 Speakers Bureau 1966-1968
13 Texas Constitution Revision 1960-1975
14 Transportation 1958-1962
Box Folder
10
1 Transportation 1973-1982
2 Transportation 1980-1983
3 Urban Design - Historical 1962-1984
4 Voter's Service 1942-1960
5 Voter's Service 1984-1985
6 Voter's Service - Secret Ballot Legislation 1942-1945
7 Water Issues 1970-1984
8 Women Under Texas Law 1982-1985



 

Series V. Local Activities & Programs, Schools 1940-1990

Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically. Local activities and programs with schools and education in which the League was involved in and/or participated.
Box Folder
11
1 Brochures n.d.
2 "Building a School to Serve Community Needs" - Report 1961-1962
3 Careers for Youth 1963-1964
4 Citizens Committee for Public Education 1962-1966
5 Comprehensive Special Education Plan Highland Park ISD 1977-1978
6 Consensus Material 1958-1967
7 Construction 1966
8 Correspondence - Education 1959-1970
9 Counseling & Guidance 1959
10 Decentralization 1974
11 Desegregation & Integration 1971-1972
12 Desegregation & Integration 1973-1990
13 Disadvantaged Families 1966
14 Free School Lunch Program 1940
15 Health n.d.
16 Junior & Senior High Schools of Dallas 1962-1963
Box Folder
12
1 Junior College 1964-1965
2 Junior College "A Community Effort" 1964
3 "Know Your Schools Survey Reports" 1958-1961
4 Reports - Education 1959-1984
5 School Board 1965-1966
6 School Board Candidates Questionnaire 1944; 1946
7 School Finance 1960-1989
8 Secondary Schools 1962-1963
9 Statements of Position on Education 1959-1970
10 Statistics 1961
11 Survey of the Dallas, Highland Park & Richardson ISD's 1959
12 Survey of Highland Park, University Park and Highland Park ISD 1969
13 Vocational Education 1961
14 "You and Your Schools in Dallas" Booklets 1962



 

Series VI. National Activities & Programs 1941-1971

Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically. National activities and programs in which the Dallas League participated.
Box Folder
13
1 "Battle of Production" Campaign 1941
2 Big City League Conferences, Chicago & New Orleans 1969, 1971
3 Freedom Agenda 1954-1955
4 Freedom Agenda 1955-1957
5 Freedom Agenda - Pamphlets 1951-1953
6 Freedom Agenda - Pamphlets 1954-1957
7 Lend - Lease 1946
8 Liberty & Security (Program Booklet & Leaders Guide) 1956



 

Series VII. Newspaper Clippings 1940-1991

Arranged chronologically. Newspaper articles that mention the League of Women Voters or were relevant to the issues that concerned them.
Box Folder
14
1 Newsclips 1940-1958
2 Newsclips 1959-1961
3 Newsclips 1962-1966
4 Newsclips 1967-1968
5 Newsclips 1969-1970
6 Newsclips 1971-1972
7 Newsclips 1973
8 Newsclips 1974
9 Newsclips 1975-1976
Box Folder
15
1 Newsclips 1977
2 Newsclips 1978-1979
3 Newsclips 1980
4 Newsclips 1981-1982
5 Newsclips 1983
6 Newsclips 1984
7 Newsclips 1984
8 Newsclips 1985
9 Newsclips 1988-1989
10 Newsclips 1990-1991
11 Newsclips n.d.



 

Series VIII. Publications 1938-1987

Arranged alphabetically. Various publications that were published or collected by the Dallas League for their official files.
Box Folder
16
1 "Charter of the City of Dallas" Booklet 1952
2 "Choosing the President" Booklet 1976
3 "Citizens in Action" Brochure ca. 1944
4 Dallas County - Story of Self Government 1954
5 Education of Free Men in American Democracy-Book 1941
6 "Federalist Papers Reexamined"-Booklets 1976-1977
7 Guide Booklets 1984; 1987
8 "How the Texas Legislature Works"-Booklet 1986
9 "Know Your Town and Know Your School"-Booklet 1938; 1940
10 League of Women Voters Brochure 1958
11 League of Women Voters of the United States-Histories 1946; 1960
12 League Publications-National 1951-1984
13 "Making a Difference" Booklet-Voter Handbook 1978
14 Miscellaneous Publications 1938-1984
15 "Presidential Accountability"-Booklet 1975
16 Road and State Highway Map of Dallas County 1959
17 Road Map of Dallas County 1941
18 "Your Elected Officials" Brochure 1983



 

Series IX. Bulletins 1940-1954

Arranged chronologically. Monthly bulletins that announced meetings, events and other Dallas League information.
Box Folder
17
1 Bulletin 1940-1946
2 Bulletin 1947
3 Bulletin 1948-1949
4 Bulletin 1950
5 Bulletin 1951
6 Bulletin 1952
7 Bulletin 1953
8 Bulletin 1954



 

Series X. Voter Newsletter 1954-1985

Arranged chronologically. Monthly mailed newsletter that announced meetings and events and gave other Dallas League information.
Box Folder
18
1 Voter 1954
2 Voter 1955
3 Voter 1956
4 Voter 1957
5 Voter 1958
6 Voter 1959
7 Voter 1960
8 Voter 1961
9 Voter 1962
10 Voter 1963
11 Voter 1964
12 Voter 1965
13 Voter 1966
14 Voter 1967
15 Voter 1968
16 Voter 1969
Box Folder
19
1 Voter 1970
2 Voter 1971
3 Voter 1972
4 Voter 1973
5 Voter Jan. - May 1974
6 Voter June - Dec. 1974
Box Folder
20
1 Voter Jan. - May 1975
2 Voter June - Dec. 1975
3 Voter Jan. - May 1976
4 Voter June - Dec. 1976
5 Voter Jan. - May 1977
6 Voter June - Dec. 1977
7 Voter 1978
8 Voter 1979
Box Folder
21
1 Voter 1980
2 Voter 1981
3 Voter 1982
4 Voter 1983
5 Voter 1984
6 Voter 1985



 

Series XI. Voter's Guide 1944-1994

Arranged chronologically. Guides published by the Dallas League describing the candidates for various public offices.
Box Folder
22
1 Voter's Guide 1944
2 Voter's Guide 1946-1948
3 Voter's Guide 1952
4 Voter's Guide 1958; 1960
5 Voter's Guide [Legislative] 1958-1959
6 Voter's Guide 1979
7 Voter's Guide 1980
8 Voter's Guide 1981-1982
9 Voter's Guide 1983
10 Voter's Guide 1984
11 Voter's Guide 1985
12 Voter's Guide 1986
13 Voter's Guide 1987
14 Voter's Guide 1988
15 Voter's Guide 1989
16 Voter's Guide [Primary] 1994
17 Voter's Guide 1994



 

Series XII. Scrapbooks 1939-1970

Arranged chronologically. Scrapbooks, account book, guest book, newspaper clippings, publicity information, proclamations, and school survey.
Box Folder
23
1 Scrapbook 1939-1942
2 Scrapbook 1942-1943
3 Scrapbook 1943-1946
Box Folder
24
1 "Mostly State" November 1947 - February 1948
2 Scrapbook (Publicity) April 1947-April 1949
3 Newspaper Clippings regarding the Juvenile Court of Dallas 1948-1952
Box Folder
25
1 Scrapbook May 1949-July 1950
2 Scrapbook March 1955-June 1956
3 Scrapbook July 1956-January 1958
4 Scrapbook May 1958-July 1958
5 Guest Book 1954-1962
Box Folder
26
1 Know Your Schools Survey [A Survey of the Dallas, Highland Park, and Richardson Independent School Districts] June 1958-June 1959
2 Scrapbook (Publicity) July 1958-January 1961
Box Folder
27
1 Scrapbook 1961-1962
2 Scrapbook 1962-1963
Box Folder
28
1 Scrapbook August 1963-December 1964
2 Scrapbook January 1965-May 1966
3 Scrapbook (loose pages only) 1967
4 Bentsen-Bush Senate Candidate Luncheon Notebook 1970
Box Folder
29 1 Account Book 1965-1989
Box Folder
30
1 Proclamation-City of Dallas, League of Women Voters Week 1975
2 Proclamation-City of Dallas, League of Women Voters Week 1976



 

Series XIII. Photographs and Tapes 1958-1985

Arranged chronologically. Photographs of League members involved in various DLWV activities and program events. Audio tape of Alex Burton's KRLD radio commentary "Persons".
Box Folder
31
1 League display booth ca. 1958
2 League-A-Rama 1962
3 Dallas Transit Dedication 1978
4 Field trips to Glen Rose Nuclear Power Plant and the Fairfield Lignite Plant 1980
5 LWV open house September 22, 1985
6 Audio tape-Alex Burton, KRLD Commentary "Persons" May 2, 1984