League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County Records
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League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County Records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: League of Women Voters of Atlanta/Fulton County.
Title: League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County Records
Dates: 1917 – 1982
Quantity: 2.51 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 2.51 linear ft. (12 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS394

Biographical/Historical Note

The League of Women Voters of Atlanta- Fulton County, formerly the Atlanta League of Women Voters, is an affiliate of the national League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization rooted in the woman’s suffrage movement. Originally known as the Central Committee of Women Citizens, the Atlanta organization, founded by Eleanore Raoul, predates the formation of the national League of Women Voters in 1920, and consisted of white middle-class women, including Raoul, who were active in local woman suffrage associations, among them the Equal Suffrage Party of Georgia, organized by Atlanta native Emily C. MacDougald. For decades the League of Women Voters of Atlanta –Fulton County has advocated for citizen participation in political activities and worked to shape public policy on a number of issues ranging from public education to the environment. In the 1920’s, the Atlanta League began publishing a monthly bulletin, “Facts,” which provided information pertaining to candidates, elections, issues, and voter registration. Among its other activities, the Atlanta League recommended merging city and county governments during the 1930s. Later, in 1956, the local League split when membership rules were passed that precluded restrictions based on race. In accordance with the general objectives of the national association, the Atlanta-Fulton branch continues to establish positions of public policy through membership consensus, to increase citizen participation in the election process, and to enhance citizen participation in government decisions at the local, state, and national level. The organization is comprised of a board of directors, committees, task forces, local units, as well as individual members, all of whom are encouraged to be politically active.


Scope and Content Note

Through correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings, publications and printed material, the collection documents the activities the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County and its relationships to national and state leagues, from 1917-1982. Subject files, the bulk of the collection, document the efforts of the group to promote political participation among the citizens of Atlanta and covers topics ranging from segregation to juvenile delinquency, as well as various city ordinances. Publications and printed material derive mainly from the national (“Action,” “The National Voter”), state (“The Pilgrim,” “Georgia Voter”), and city and county leagues (“Facts,” “Memo,” “The New Citizen,” “Newsletter,” and “Up-to-the-Minute”), but also includes conservative publications, such as “Human Events.”


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order first by subject files followed by publications and printed material.


Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--Race relations
Civil rights--Georgia--Atlanta
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Political parties--Georgia--Atlanta
Schools--Georgia--Atlanta
Women--Political activity--Georgia--Atlanta
Women--Political activity--Georgia--Fulton County
Women--Suffrage--Georgia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County Records, MSS 394, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Acquisition Information

Gift, League of Women Voters through Penny Raney, 1979 (1979.286)

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Container List

 

Box

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11Subject files, Active Voters, 1950-1962
 
2Subject files, Almshouse, 1941-1949
 
3Subject files, Annual Meeting Minutes, 1948-1959, 1964, 1968
 
4Subject files, Annexation, 1961-1966
 
5Subject files, Atlanta Board of Education and Fulton County Board of Education, 1951, 1959
 
6Subject files, Atlanta Board of Education and Fulton County Board of Education, 1963
 
7Subject files, Atlanta School Budget Bill, 1956
 
8Subject files, Board of Elections and Minutes, 1924-1955
 
9Subject files, Board Meeting Minutes, 1953-1958
 
10Subject files, Board Meeting Minutes, 1968-1972
 

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Fldr

21Subject files, Bricker Amendment, 1953-1956
 
2Subject files, Briefing Meeting Minutes, 1954-1965
 
3Subject files, Budgets Proposed, 1950-1951, 1956-1959
 
4Subject files, By-Laws, 1926-1957
 
5Subject files, City of Atlanta – Economic Opportunity Atlanta, 1960
 
6Subject files, City of Atlanta – General Government, 1938-1949, 1963
 
7Subject files, City of Atlanta – Government, Reed Survey, 1938
 
8Subject files, Columbians – Newspaper Clippings, 1946
 

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Fldr

31Subject files, Consolidation of City and County Governments, 1931
 
2Subject files, Coroner’s Office, 1946-1963
 
3Subject files, Council on Human Relations, 1961
 
4Subject files, Democratic Party Executive Committee, Fulton County, 1937-1951
 
5Subject files, Democratic Party in Georgia, 1942-1960
 
6Subject files, Education – Driver Training, 1957-1958
 
7Subject files, Fluoridation, 1956-1958
 
8Subject files, Fulton County/Atlanta Cooperation, 1943-1948
 
9Subject files, Fulton County/Atlanta – One Government Referendum, 1939-1948
 
10Subject files, Fulton County Civil Service – Merit System, 1947-1951
 
11Subject files, Fulton County Delegation, 1957-1970
 
12Subject files, Fulton County Government, 1934-1948
 
13Subject files, Fulton County Government, 1940-1941
 
14Subject files, Fulton County Government – Budget Statement, 1953-1966
 
15Subject files, Fulton County Government – Police, 1944-1945
 
16Subject files, Fulton County Survey Covering Salaries, Employees and Disbursements, 1917-1928
 

Box

Fldr

41Subject files, Grand Jury, 1948-1953
 
2Subject files, Hartsfield, William B., 1934-1953
 
3Subject files, History of American Government, undated
 
4Subject files, History of County Government in Georgia, 1952
 
5Subject files, History of the League of Women Voters, 1929, 1965, 1976
 
6Subject files, Home Rule, 1949-1958
 
7Subject files, Inflation, 1945-1951
 
8Subject files, Individual Liberties, 1954-1960
 
9Subject files, Joint Committee on Metropolitan Growth, 1957-1963
 
10Subject files, Juvenile Courts, 1936-1954
 
11Subject files, League of Women Voters – Activities, 1956-1960
 
12Subject files, League Split, Members’ Letters, 1956
 
13Subject files, Lease – League of Women Voters, 1960
 
14Subject files, Legislature, 1960-1962
 

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Fldr

51Subject files, Legislature – Procedures, 1959-1969
 
2Subject files, Local Election Laws, 1960-1968
 
3Subject files, Local Government Briefings, 1969-1971
 
4Subject files, Local Government Commission, 1966
 
5Subject files, Media Spots, 1964-1966
 
6Subject files, Membership Meeting Minutes, 1956
 
7Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Government, 1950-1962
 
8Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Government, 1960-1966
 
9Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Government, 1971-1972
 
10Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta - Growth, 1959-1971
 
11Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta - Growth, 1962-1963
 

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Fldr

61Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Growth, 1959-1965
 
2Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Growth – Central Atlanta Association, 1959-1961
 
3Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Growth – Historical, 1943-1944
 
4Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Growth – Metro Planning Commission Act, 1959-1961
 
5Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Growth – Metro Planning Agencies, 1944
 
6Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta Growth – Publicity, 1958-1967
 
7Subject files, Metropolitan Atlanta – Parks and Recreation, 1960-1968
 
8Subject files, National Board Report and Local Current Agenda, 1970
 
9Subject files, National Education Issues, 1947-1949
 
10Subject files, Officers and Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1954-1959
 
11Subject files, Officers and Committee Meeting Minutes, 1954-1955
 

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Fldr

71Subject files, OASIS (Organization to Assist Schools in September), 1961
 
2Subject files, Policies, 1947-1955
 
3Subject files, Programs, 1923-1952
 
4Subject files, Programs and member letter, Eleanor Raoul, 1926-1948
 
5Subject files, Public Welfare, 1949-1959
 
6Subject files, Public Welfare, 1961-1963
 
7Subject files, Public Welfare, 1964-1971
 
8Subject files, Recreation Plan, 1972
 

Box

Fldr

81Subject files, Report of Examination Superior Courts of Georgia, 1960
 
2Subject files, Report of Senate Committee on Government Operations, 1959
 
3Subject files, Reports to State League, 1953-1957
 
4Subject files, Republican Party in Georgia, 1960
 
5Subject files, School Merger Report – Atlanta and Fulton Counties, 1965-1966
 
6Subject files, Segregation, 1954-1957
 
7Subject files, Senate Treaty Rule, 1944-1952
 
8Subject files, The Short Ballot, 1930
 
9Subject files, Statement to the House Committee on Public Works, 1969
 
10Subject files, Suffrage, 1924-1958
 
11Subject files, Tree Ordinance, 1967-1968
 
12Subject files, Uncommitted Presidential Electors Law, 1960
 
13Subject files, Urban Renewal, 1960-1967
 
14Subject files, Urban Renewal – Atlanta Model City, 1958-1966
 

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91Publications and Printed Material, “Action,”, 1947-1951
 
2Publications and Printed Material, “The Atlanta Local Government Commission,”, 1940
 
3Publications and Printed Material, “Brief For Action,”, 1949
 
4Publications and Printed Material, “Concerns of the Nation,”, 1973
 
5Publications and Printed Material, “Crisis in Our Schools,”; “The Economic Effect of School Closing,”, 1959
 
6Publications and Printed Material, “Facts,”, 1928-1933
 
7Publications and Printed Material, “Facts,”, 1934-1937
 
8Publications and Printed Material, “Facts,”, 1938-1941
 
9Publications and Printed Material, “Facts,”, 1942-1943
 
10Publications and Printed Material, “Facts,”, 1944-1945
 

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101Publications and Printed Material, “Facts,”, 1946-1947
 
2Publications and Printed Material, “Facts,”, 1948-1953
 
3Publications and Printed Material, “Facts,”, 1954-1974
 

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111Publications and Printed Material, “Facts” – Members’ Handbook, 1967-1968
 
2Publications and Printed Material, “Facts” - Political Directories, 1956-1982
 
3Publications and Printed Material, “Georgia Voter,”, 1936-1972
 
4Publications and Printed Material, “Hare System of Proportional Representation,”, 1919
 
5Publications and Printed Material, “Human Events” newsletters, 1961-1962
 
6Publications and Printed Material, “Memo,”, 1945-1948
 

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121Publications and Printed Material, “The National Voter,”, 1951-1972
 
2Publications and Printed Material, “Newsletter,”, 1949-1976
 
3Publications and Printed Material, “The Pilgrim,”, 1927-1928
 
4Publications and Printed Material, “Studies in Citizenship for Georgia Women,”, 1923
 
5Publications and Printed Material, “Up-to-the-Minute,”, 1948-1953
 

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MSS OS 4.39Publications and Printed Material, “The New Citizen,”, 1922