League of Women Voters of Oak Park - River Forest records
MSLWVO76

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest (Ill.).
Title
League of Women Voters of Oak Park - River Forest records
ID
MSLWVO76
Date [inclusive]
1909-1976
Extent
1.5 linear ft.
Language
English
Abstract:
The Suburban Civic and Equal Suffrage Association of Oak Park, Illinois, was organized around 1909. The organization shortened its name to the Oak Park Civic League after women gained the right to vote and became the Oak Park League of Women Voters in 1924, later known as the League of Women Voters of Oak Park - River Forest.

Preferred Citation

League of Women Voters of Oak Park - River Forest records, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The Suburban Civic and Equal Suffrage Association of Oak Park, Illinois, was organized around 1909. The organization shortened its name to the Oak Park Civic League after women gained the right to vote and became the Oak Park League of Women Voters in 1924, ultimately known as the League of Women Voters of Oak Park - River Forest. The group organized large meetings at which members of different political parties including progressive and third parties were invited to address pertinent issues of the day. Membership in the League declined from an overall high of 600 to only 56 members as of November 21, 1934. The organization began to regain its strength as time passed, however, and cooperated with other community organizations such as the Oak Park Council on International Affairs to produce larger events.

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Scope and Contents

The League of Women Voters of Oak Park - River Forest Records include by-laws, membership lists, ledgers, financial records, minutes, reports, publications, clippings, and an unpublished history of the group by Hazel Hanson. Minutes, financial records, and membership lists of the Suburban Civics and Equal Suffrage Association of Oak Park, Illinois are also included in these records.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives June 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/15/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

The League of Women Voters of Oak Park - River Forest donated these records to the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1976. Mrs. Dwight Follett donated additional material in 1980.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest (Ill.). -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Midwest Women's History.
  • Women -- Societies and clubs -- Illinois.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: League of Women Voters of Oak Park - River Forest 

Box Folder

The Suburban Civics and Equal Suffrage Association (Oak Park, Ill.) - Ledger containing membership lists and financial records, 1909-1923 

1 1

Pamphlets - Suburban Civics and Equal Suffrage Association List of Members and By-Laws, Oak Park Civil League membership booklet, 1917 - 1922 

1 2

Minutes - Suburban Civics and Equal Suffrage Association, League of Women Voters, 1917-1927 

1 3

Minutes, 1920-1923 

1 4

Reports, publications, 1921-1938 

1 5

Board minutes, 1924-1936 

1 6

Financial records, 1927-1933 

1 7

Minutes, 1927-1943 

2 8

Minutes, clippings, notes, by-laws, 1928-1934 

2 9

Annual reports, 1933-1939 

2 10

Clippings, 1934-1937 

2 11

Board minutes, 1936-1945 

2 12

Clippings, 1937-1939 

3 13

Hanson, Hazel. Its Beginnings: The Oak Park League of Women Voters. 1976. (Soft-cover unpublished history), 1976 

3 14

Contents of scrapbook - Clippings, 1939-1940 

3 15

Contents of scrapbook - Clippings, 1940-1941 

3 16

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