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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Note to Researchers

Description of Series

Administrative

Committees

Events

History

Officers

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County Records, 1970-2002



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County
Title: Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County Records
Dates: 1970-2002
Creator Abstract: The Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County is a multi-partisan organization committed to electing greater numbers of women to public office. The WPCBC endorses candidates and publicly addresses issues relevant to women in Bexar County and San Antonio. The WPCBCCaucus was formed in 1971, shortly after the forming of the National Women's Political Caucus and the Texas Women's Political Caucus, and is affiliated with both groups. They host conferences, organize political workshops, and hold fundraising events for candidates and for themselves.
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1974 through 2002 and reflects the organization's work to educate local voters about women's issues and the candidacy of politicians who share their ideals. The records consist of bylaws, correspondence, financial documents, membership lists, meeting minutes, newsclippings, and scrapbooks related to their efforts to raise money for candidates and programs, educate local voters, and campaign for and promote particular candidates sympathetic to the WPCBC's causes.
Identification: MS 150
Extent: 7.2 linear feet (about 5,400 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County (WPCBC), a multi-partisan organization, is committed to electing greater numbers of women to public office. The Caucus endorses candidates and publicly addresses issues relevant to women in Bexar County and San Antonio. The Caucus networks and cooperates with other women's groups in an effort to improve the status and condition of women. One focus of the WPCBC is the legislative process as an important means for women to gain full participation and equality in society. The Caucus also works to recruit and train qualified women candidates, campaign managers, and workers to raise funds for candidates and encourage voter participation.

The WPCBC formed in 1971, shortly after the forming of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) and the Texas Women's Political Caucus (TWPC). The WPCBC is affiliated with both groups. The WPCBC (and all levels of the Caucus) recruits a diversified membership and is open to all women and interested men.

In addition to supporting local female candidates, the WPCBC supports women's issues such as adequate and affordable healthcare; the right to reproductive freedom; political, legal and economic equality for women; and protection against spousal abuse or other crimes of violence. They also host conferences, organize political workshops, and hold fundraising events for candidates and for themselves.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1974 through 2002 and reflects the organization's work to educate local voters about women's issues and the candidacy of politicians who share their ideals. The records consist of bylaws, correspondence, financial documents, membership lists, meeting minutes, newsclippings, and scrapbooks related to their efforts to raise money for candidates and programs, educate local voters, and campaign for and promote particular candidates sympathetic to WPCBC's causes. The collection has been organized into five series: Administration, Committees, Events, History, and Officers.

bylaws, biographical information (for some members), correspondence, directories and standing rules can be found in the Administration series. The correspondence (1975-2001) reflects relationships and communication between the WPCBC and other branches of the Women's Political Caucus, local and state organizations, and local newspapers. The correspondence also provides insight into the day to day running of the group through letters between individual members, officers, and committees. Directories (1994-2001) include information about the hierarchy of officers and committees, as well as members and program information about the club year.

The Committees series provides information about the activities of a variety of interest groups committees including Affirmative Action, Equal Rights Amendment, Internal Communications, Political Action Committee, and Public Relations. The most intensely documented committee is the Internal Communications Committee with newsletters published between 1974 and 2002 (an incomplete run with the exception of 1988-1994). The Public Relations committee, is also fairly well documented through press releases (1978-1990) and newsclippings (1976-1996, undated) about WPCBC members, issues, and events.

The Events series provides information about the group's social, educational, and fundraising activities throughout the years. While many of the activities were sponsored by the WPCBC alone, they also participated in events that were co-sponsored with other groups and organizations. The most documented event is the annual Holiday Party and Auction (1978-1994), and includes invitations, financial reports, and silent auction lists. Other sponsored or co-sponsored events of note are a Gloria Steinem visit to San Antonio in the 1970s, the National Women's Political Caucus convention held in San Antonio in 1983, and the various workshops and programs related to local governance/government issues, how to campaign, and the Legislative Brunch. The brunch allows women interested in politics and running for office to network and share ideas.

The History series includes a folder with a several documents that provide information about the history of the WPCBC (1982, 1987, 1993, undated) and provides a bit of background information about its mother caucuses, the Texas Women's Political Caucus and the National Women's Political Caucus. Three scrapbooks (1978-1980, 1981-1982, 1983-1992) reveal the yearly activities of the organization through newsclippings, flyers, photographs, and other documents. These scrapbooks showcase the work, members, and interests of the group.

The Officers series details the responsibilities of the officers of the WPCBC through correspondence, financial information and meeting minutes, and is the richest resource for learning about WPCBC. The President's Books (1993-1999) are notebooks kept by the president that contain information related to their work and activities throughout their year in office. Within the President's Books are agendas and minutes for the Executive Committee, General Membership meetings, and other WPCBC committee meetings; fundraising efforts and event planning by the WPCBC; flyers and invitations for events of interest to the WPCBC at the local, state, and national level; and correspondence between the WPCBC and politicians, various organizations, and other Caucus groups. The many short but informative letters shared between the WPCBC and local, state, and federal politicians (1975-2001) represent political issues important to the WPCBC, their efforts to make politicians aware of their interests, and, in some cases, praise for (or censure of) the politicians' decisions in regard to lawmaking.

Also within the Officers series are materials related to the work of the Vice President for Membership including an extensive run of membership lists (1974-1994, 2001, undated), applications, correspondence, and participation questionnaires. Under the office of the Recorder are minutes and agendas for Executive Committee meetings (1976-2001) and General Membership meetings (1976-1999). Important materials created and kept by the office of Treasurer include Treasurer's reports (1976-1995, 2000-2001) and budgets (1978-1979, 1985-1989, and 1993-1995). This series also includes information about the Scholarship Committee (1st Vice President) and descriptions of yearly programs planned by the Vice President for Programs (1977-1980, 1984-1993, undated).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections or the appropriate copyright holder.

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Index Terms

Organizations
Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County.
Subjects
Women--Texas--Societies and clubs--History--20th century.
Women in public life--Texas--San Antonio.
Women in politics.
Feminism--Texas.
Women--Politics and government.
Women in politics--Texas--History--20th century.
Locations
Bexar County (Tex.)--Politics and government.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Genres/Formats
Bylaws (administrative records).
Correspondence.
Minutes.
Scrapbooks.
Clippings (information artifacts).
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Politics/Politicians
San Antonio History
Women's Groups

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County Records, 1970-2002, MS 150, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from the Women's Political Caucus of Bexar County in 1998, 1999 and 2002 (Acc. 1998-032, 1999-023, 2002-066).

Processing Information

Processed by Traci Drummond, Archivist, January 2007.

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 Note to Researchers 

According to a letter sent to WPCBC members in 1993, many of the group's records were destroyed in a house fire (no date given), which may account for gaps of information in the collection.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administrative

Includes bylaws, biographical information (for some members), correspondence, directories, and standing rules. The correspondence (1975-2001) reflects relationships and communication between the WPCBC and other branches of the Women's Political Caucus, local and state organizations, and local newspapers. The correspondence also provides insight into the day to day running of the group through letters between individual members, officers, and committees. Directories (1994-2001) include information about the hierarchy of officers and committees, as well as members and program information about the club year.
Arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 1 Annual report, 1983-1984, [1987]
2 Biennial report, 1994
3 Biographical information (San Antonio women), 1977-1984, 1992-1995, undated
Bylaws
4 1974, 1975, 1997-1978
5 1983, 1988
6 1990, 1992-1993
7 Proposed amendments & changes, 1974-1978, 1991, 1993, 1998, undated
Correspondence
8 WPCBC business, 1975-1993, 2001, undated
9 Letters to the editor/newspapers, 1977-1979, 1984-1992
10 Local & state organizations, 1975-1994, undated
11 Other caucus branches, 1975-1979, 1984-1993, undated
12 Recommendations, 1977-1978, 1990, 1994, undated
13 Thank yous, 1976-1978, 1986-1994, undated
Directories
14 1994-2001, undated
15 Information gathering, 1993
16 News clippings ( Women's issues), 1977-1997
Box Folder
2 Nominations
1 Correspondence, 1984, 1990-1992
2 Nomination forms (completed), 1980, 1984-1994, undated
3 Notes & background information, 1991, undated
4 Phone tree and related information, 1989, undated
Photographs
5 Color
6 Black and White
7 Proposed goals and plan, 1975
8 Recognition 1986-1988, 1994
9 Resolution on prostitution, 1981
10 Sales tax and use permit, 1978
11 Standing rules, circa 1976
12 Stationery, undated

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Committees

This series provides information about the group's social, educational, and fundraising activities throughout the years. While many of the activities were sponsored by the WPCBC alone, they also participated in events that were co-sponsored with other groups and organizations. The most documented event is the annual Holiday Party and Auction (1978-1994), and includes invitations, financial reports, and silent auction lists. Other sponsored or co-sponsored events of note are a Gloria Steinem visit to San Antonio in the 1970s, the National Women's Political Caucus convention held in San Antonio in 1983, and the various workshops and programs related to local governance/government issues, how to campaign, and the Legislative Brunch. The brunch allows women interested in politics and running for office to network and share ideas.
Arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
2 13 Ad hoc committee on policy for caucus financial contributions, 1987
14 Affirmative Action report, 1976-1977, undated
15 Charter Review Committee, 1985, 1989, 1991-1992, undated
16 Appointments Committee, 1990
17 Committee to establish a policy regarding organizations the WPCBC should join or support, 1990
18 Democratic task force, 1978-1980
ERA
19 Ad hoc ERA committee (minutes), 1979
20 Background information, 1970-1976, undated
21 Governmental Affairs Committee, 1989
22 Internal Communications Committee, undated
WPCBC newsletter
23 1974-1977
Box Folder
3 1 1978-1979
2 1980-1984
3 1985-1987
4 1988-1989
5 1990-1992
Box Folder
4 1 1993-1994
2 1995-1998
3 Bexar Facts, May 1999-January 2002
Newsletter preparation and planning
4 September-December 1992
5 January 1993
6 4 6 March-April 1993
7 May-June 1993
Box Folder
5 1 September-October 1993
2 January-May 1994
3 June-August 1994
4 Legislative Committee, 1979, 1985
5 Policy Council, 1978
Political Action Committee
6 Bylaws , 1987
7 Community assessment task force, 1985
8 Endorsements, 1982, 1986-1987, 1992-1994
9 Events, 1977, 1981-1982, 1991, undated
10 Finances, 1988
11 Members, 1993
12 Minutes, 1980, 1986-1989, 1993
13 Pledge, undated
14 Questionnaires, 1977, 1991
15 Standing rules, 1985-1988
16 Political Planning Committee, 1993
17 Priorities Committee, 1979
Public Relations Committee
18 Budget Request, 1979
19 Newsclippings, WPCBC, 1976-1996, undated
20 Press releases, 1978-1990, undated

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Events

This series provides information about the group's social, educational, and fundraising activities throughout the years. While many of the activities were sponsored by the WPCBC alone, they also participated in events that were co-sponsored with other groups and organizations. The most documented event is the annual Holiday Party and Auction (1978-1994), and includes invitations, financial reports, and silent auction lists. Other sponsored or co-sponsored events of note are a Gloria Steinem visit to San Antonio in the 1970s, the National Women's Political Caucus convention held in San Antonio in 1983, and the various workshops and programs related to local governance/government issues, how to campaign, and the Legislative Brunch. The brunch allows women interested in politics and running for office to network and share ideas.
Arranged into two subseries: WPCBC Sponsored Events and Co-sponsored Events, and alphabetically thereafter.
Box
5 WPCBC Sponsored Events
21 Art expo and auction, 1984-1987
22 Brunch to promote the election of women candidates, 1977
23 Candidate receptions and fundraisers, 1977, 1982, undated
24 Fiesta dinner, 1983, undated
25 Gloria Steinem in San Antonio, 1975-1977
26 Holiday auction and party, 1978
27 Holiday auction and party, 1981
Box Folder
6 1 Holiday auction and party, 1982
2 Holiday auction and party, 1983
3 Holiday auction and party, 1985
4 Holiday auction and party, 1987
5 Holiday auction and party, 1988
6 Holiday auction and party, 1989
7 Holiday auction and party, 1990
8 Holiday auction and party, 1991
9 Holiday auction and party, 1992
10 Holiday auction and party, 1993
11 Holiday auction and party, 1994
12 Holiday auction and party, undated
13 Jeanette Rankin Day, 1982-1983
14 Legislative Brunch, 1984-2000
15 “Letters to the editor” program, 1988
16 Mark Russell performance, 1989
17 National Women's Political Caucus meeting in San Antonio, 1981, undated
18 National Women's Political Caucus convention, reception, 1983
Box Folder
19 National Women's Political Caucus Convention at San Antonio, scrapbook, 1983
Box Folder
6 19 Political, 1979, 1992-1993
20 Receptions for honorees, 1977-1983, 1990, 1995
21 Texas Women's Political Caucus convention, reception and fundraiser, 1990
22 Workshop on campaign techniques, 1978
23 Workshop on local governance, undated
24 Other, 1977, 1991, undated
Co-sponsored Events
25 Ann Richards Bexar County campaign, 1991
26 A Day at the City, 1974
27 Can We Talk, 1991-1994
28 Heart Strings, 1986, 1989
29 Lecture series at Trinity, 1983, 1985, 1988
30 Legal, 1979, 1985, 1992
Box Folder
7 1 Network Power Luncheon, 1984
2 Political, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1991, 1994
3 Political Cartoon events, 1982-1983
4 San Antonio Women's History Month, 1989, 1992
5 Social/educational, 1979-1980, 1991, 1997, 2001, undated
6 Women's Fair forum, 1986

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History

This series includes a folder with a several documents that provide information about the history of the WPCBC (1982, 1987, 1993, undated) and provides a bit of background information about its mother caucuses, the Texas Women's Political Caucus and the National Women's Political Caucus. Three scrapbooks (1978-1980, 1981-1982, 1983-1992) reveal the yearly activities of the organization through newsclippings, flyers, photographs, and other documents. These scrapbooks showcase the work, members, and interests of the group.
Arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
7 7 History and background information, 1982, 1987, 1993, undated
Box
17 Scrapbook, 1978-1980
Box
18 Scrapbook, 1981-1982
Box Folder
7 8-9 Scrapbook, 1983-1992

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Officers

This series details the responsibilities of the officers of the WPCBC through correspondence, financial information and meeting minutes, and is the richest resource for learning about WPCBC. The President's Books (1993-1999) are notebooks kept by the president that contain information related to their work and activities throughout their year in office. Within the President's Books are agendas and minutes for the Executive Committee, General Membership meetings, and other WPCBC committee meetings; fundraising efforts and event planning by the WPCBC; flyers and invitations for events of interest to the WPCBC at the local, state, and national level; and correspondence between the WPCBC and politicians, various organizations, and other Caucus groups. The many short but informative letters shared between the WPCBC and local, state, and federal politicians (1975-2001) represent political issues important to the WPCBC, their efforts to make politicians aware of their interests, and, in some cases, praise for (or censure of) the politicians' decisions in regard to lawmaking.
Also within the Officers series are materials related to the work of the Vice President for Membership including an extensive run of membership lists (1974-1994, 2001, undated), applications, correspondence, and participation questionnaires. Under the office of the Recorder are minutes and agendas for Executive Committee meetings (1976-2001) and General Membership meetings (1976-1999). Important materials created and kept by the office of Treasurer include Treasurer's reports (1976-1995, 2000-2001) and budgets (1978-1979, 1985-1989, and 1993-1995). This series also includes information about the Scholarship Committee (1st Vice President) and descriptions of yearly programs planned by the Vice President for Programs (1977-1980, 1984-1993, undated).
Arranged hierarchically by officer's position, and alphabetically thereafter.
Box
7 President
10 President's book 1993-1994
11 President's book 1993-1994 (continued)
Box Folder
8 1-5 President's book 1994-1995 (continued)
Box Folder
9 1 President's book 1994-1995 (continued)
2-4 President's book 1995-1996
Box Folder
10 1-2 President's book 1995-1996 (continued)
3-5 President's book 1996-1997
Box Folder
11 1-4 President's book 1997-1998
Box Folder
12 1-2 President's book 1998-1999
1st Vice President
Scholarship Committee
3 Correspondence, 1990, 1994, undated
4 Guidelines and background information, 1987-1988, 1990, undated
5 Minutes and reports, 1992-1994
Vice President Legislation
6 Legislation correspondence, A-K, 1975-1993, 1997, undated
7 Legislation correspondence, L-Z, 1975-1994, 2001, undated
Box Folder
13 1 Legislation issues, 1975,1977, 1979-1980, 1985-1986, undated
Vice President Membership
2 Membership applications, 1975, 1977, 1986, 1993, undated
3-4 Membership cards, undated
5 Membership correspondence, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1989, 1991-1993, undated
6 Membership forms, 1988-1994, 2001, undated
Membership lists
7 1974-1979
8 1980-1986
Box Folder
14 1 1987-1989
2 1990
3 1991
4 1992
5 1993
6 1994, 2001
7 undated
8 Participation questionnaires, 1977, 1983-1992, undated
Box Folder
15 1 Proposed budget, 1978
2 Task force on membership and retention, 1976
Vice President Programs
3 Annual program for BWPC, 1977-1980, 1984-1993, undated
Vice President Financial Planning
4 Finance committee – standing rules, 1988, 1992, undated
5 Fundraising, Financial information, 1984
6 Fundraising, T-shirt and button sales, 1978
Recorder
7 Business meetings, minutes, 1977-1978
8 Executive committee meetings, minutes and agendas, 1976-1988
9 Executive committee meetings, minutes and agendas, 1989-2001, undated
10 General membership meetings, minutes and agendas, 1976-1988
11 General membership meetings, minutes and agendas, 1989-1999, undated
12 Meeting rosters, 1979-1993
13 Unidentified meeting minutes, 1977-1979, 1982, 1990-1992, undated
Treasurer
14 Audit report of treasurers records for the year ending, August 31, 1987
15 Budgets, 1978-1979, 1985-1989, 1993-1995
16 Cash disbursements, 1982
Box Folder
16 1 Financial and statistical report, 1979
2 Financial statements, 1989
3 Officer and function expenses, 1977, 1993
4 Statement of financial position, 1996
5 Treasurer's reports, 1976-1995, 2000-2001
6 Officers lists, 1975-1993, undated

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