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League of Women Voters of Anchorage records

Guide to the League of Women Voters of Anchorage records
circa 1950-2014

Collection number: HMC-1268.
Creator: League of Women Voters of Anchorage.
Title: League of Women Voters of Anchorage records.
Dates: circa 1950-2014.
Volume of collection: 12.1 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Records of an Anchorage civic organization that works to ensure voters have easy access to participate in political elections at every level.

Organizational history:
The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan community based organization that fights to improve the United States government and engage citizens in political decisions. The LWV does not endorse candidates or political parties. LWV of Anchorage (LWVAnc) was established in 1950 as a provisional league by Evangeline Atwood, and became a full-fledged league in 1951. LWVAnc encourages citizens to register to vote, educates citizens about the government, works with students through the Youth Vote, hosts candidate forums and educational speakers, oversees elections for organizations, and testifies at legislative and administrative hearings to ensure citizen input in policymaking decisions. LWVAnc also publishes the bimonthly newsletter The Anchorage Voter.

Collection description:
The collection contains the records of the League of Women Voters of Anchorage. Included in the collection are financial and membership records; administrative files, which include correspondence, meeting minutes, LWVAnc constitution and by-laws, public relations files; studies conducted by LWVAnc; legislative information and research; photographs; candidate forums; and LWVAnc newsletters.

Arrangement: The collection is loosely arranged by subject.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Financial records in box 9 of the collection are restricted.

Rights note: Copyright to materials created by the League of Women Voters of Anchorage is held by the League of Women Voters of Anchorage, with the Archives authorized to permit use on their behalf. Materials in the collection created by other individuals or organizations may be subject to copyright not held by the League of Women Voters of Anchorage.

Preferred citation: League of Women Voters of Anchorage records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory:
“League of Women Voters of Anchorage Membership Handbook.” May 2017.

“Who We Are.” League of Women Voters Anchorage. Accessed January 08, 2018. http://lwvanchorage.org/who-we-are/.

Separated materials: Publications were removed from the collection by Arlene Schmuland and Veronica Denison. Select publications were added to the Consortium Library’s Alaskana or Rare Books collections. Please ask an archivist for further information.

Acquisition note: The collection was deposited in the Archives by the League of Women Voters of Anchorage in 2017, and a formal deposit agreement was signed by LWVAnc president Joyce M. Anderson.

Processing information: A majority of the collection was described at box level by members of the League of Women Voters of Anchorage in 2017. Further description was added by Veronica Denison in 2018.

Container list:

Box Description Dates
1 1984 Voter Service; 1980s study items; Capitol Budget Study; 1990 Anchorage Project; Political Flea-Markets; Litigation; Municipal Bond Election 1976; 1975 Charter Election; Photographs; LWVAnc history; New member fact sheets and packets, membership lists, annual meeting information circa 1969-1989
2 Muni propositions; Awards and license plate; Lawsuit; Position papers; Candidate forums (gubernatorial and mayoral); League studies; Election counting; Correspondence; Alaska Women Heritage Cards benefiting the League of Women of Voters; LWV 1986 court case 1981-2000
3 Health care circa 1990-2005
4 Membership lists, directories, information; Board of Directors meeting minutes 1965-2010
4-5, OS Folder Financial files


1974-1986, 1997-2010
5 Funding drives, financial reports, tax returns, membership lists, voter guides and information, candidate forums, ballot issues, photographs (1984) circa 1973-2003
5-6 Administrative: Awards, membership, correspondence and memoranda, meeting minutes, by-laws, public relations files, information regarding publications, calendar circa 1964-1992
7 Voter newsletters 1975-2011
7 Budget, financial statements; Municipality ballot review circa 1981-2003
8 Files regarding water, land use, and air quality circa 1972-1987
8 Debate info/questions; Anchorage planning and comprehensive plan; Resource material, welfare reform; Questionnaire responses of Anchorage mayoral and school board candidates, LWV lawsuit against legislature, facilitators to conduct workshops on Artic Research Five-Year Plan; Local government; LWV school study 1974-1975; 1950s file: News clippings and paraphernalia; 1970s file: LWV Borough Voter and other newsletters, legislative report, schools; Re-housing study; File related to funding of Community Councils circa 1950-1994, 2000
9 Event planning-annual meetings; Fundraising information from 1990; Voter Service information; Anchorage Unification; Files relating to LWV anniversary planning; Scrapbook items; Housing study; Correspondence (1956-2000); Hootch decision; Immigration consensus; Immigration and refugee meeting (2007); National Popular Vote Compact Study; Photographs; LWVAnc publications: Newsletters, voting information, handbook 1956-2007
9 Financial records, education 1978, 2005-2011
10 Ballot review; 50th Anniversary materials; Annual Meeting packets; State Convention packets 1980-2004, 2014
11 General meetings, minutes 1982-2005
12 Chugach 1986 election; State Government; Studies Action Group 1985 Campaign Financing Testimony; Local Government mailings; Capital budget files; Anchorage 1990 Project participant materials; LWV Alaska Constitutional Convention; Government State APOC Monitoring Project; Campaign Disclosure—Common Sense for Alaska; Government Sate APOC Disclosure, Conflict of Interest, Lobby Law; Government State Courts, election laws and procedures, financing, voter registration at polls; LWV Alaska Legislative Study; Program planning and position update; Government National—Powers of Presidency, Tenure, Succession; League sponsored presidential debates circa 1965-1987
12 LWV member contributions circa 1955-1979


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