League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro Records

 

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Title: League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro Records

Dates: 1957-circa 1995

Creator: League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro

Summary/Abstract: The League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro is a nonpartisan organization that encourages active participation in government through a variety of programs and initiatives. The League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro collection includes correspondence, reports, membership lists, clippings, minutes, surveys, and other documentation of the last fifty years in Murfreesboro. The collection primarily documents the activities of the local league from the organization’s founding in 1957 to the 1990s.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 8.0 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro Records , Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Arrangement: The records are arranged in 8 series. These include constitution and bylaws, minutes, annual reports, membership, financial records, public relations and education, publications, and issues and activism.

Scope and Content: The League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro is a nonpartisan organization that encourages active participation in government through a variety of programs and initiatives. The League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro records includes correspondence, reports, membership lists, clippings, minutes, surveys, and other documentation of the last fifty years in Murfreesboro. The records primarily document the activities of the local league from the organization’s founding in 1957 to the 1990s but much material is contained documenting the local league’s interaction with the League of Women Voters of Tennessee and the League of Women Voters of the United States.  Examples of Murfreesboro league activities and issues documented are various election forums, education, land use and zoning, sign ordnances, environmental issues, the Equal Rights Amendment, and reproductive choice. The records are arranged in eight series.

Series 1:  Constitution and By-laws This series contains the by-laws of the local league for the past fifty years.  Early by-laws were adapted from a national model but eventually the Murfreesboro league tailored by-laws to fit their own needs.  Included in this series are policy sheets that represent more flexible policies of the Murfreesboro league that were voted on each year.  Also included in this series are the by-laws of the national league.

Series 2:  Minutes, 1957-1995
Contained in this series are the minutes of the League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro.  The minutes are contained in folders by year and were broken down from several officer notebooks.   The minutes may also contain an agenda, treasurer’s report, and membership list.

Series 3:  Annual reports, 1942-1946
The annual report was given each year by the Murfreesboro League President at the annual meeting.  Other annual reports in the series include the annual report to the LWVUS that details the local league’s activities and positions on certain issues.  Two annual reports from the LWVTN are also contained in this series. 

Series 4:  Membership, 1960s-1960
Membership in the league varied from about seventy members in the 1960s and 1970s to about fifty members in the 1980s and 1990s.  This series contains official national and local Murfreesboro league lists as well as membership recruiting materials.  Other recruiting materials can be found in the publications series.   

Series 5:  Financial Records, 1957-1953
Contained within the financial records series are primarily treasurer’s reports and budgets.  Documentation concerning the Murfreesboro League’s annual finance drive is also located within this series.  The raised only about a third of their budget from dues, the remainder came from contributions from interested citizens and corporations.  Local politician John Bragg and the large Nissan plant are just a few examples of those who supported the League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro.

Series 6:  Public Relations & Education
This category includes clippings, news releases, slide shows and scripts, a folder with documentation from the local LWV 75th anniversary celebration, and photographs.  This series serves as evidence to the Murfreesboro league’s visibility in the community.

Series 7: Publications
This series contains publications of the national, state, and local levels of the League of Women Voters.  The national publications contain documents on how to run a local league as well as educational materials on issues like the ERA or environmental issues published by the LWVUS or the LWVUS education fund.  At the state level is annual Yearbook is available for years in the 1980s and 1990s.  The state league also had an education fund that produced publications on Tennessee taxes and women’s history.  On the local level publications include pamphlets on land use and education, the public service pamphlet Know Your Local Government, and the monthly or bi-monthly newsletter, the Murfreesboro Voter.  The Murfreesboro Voter was not just sent to league members but contributors or others interested in league activities.  The publications series allows a researcher to learn more about how the local, state, and national leagues worked together.

Series 8: Issues and Activism
The final series contains documentation on many of the issues that concerned the national, state, and local Murfreesboro league.  Therefore the documentation in this series is divided into local, state, and national categories. The state and national league sections contain issues that those sections worked on such as the National Voter Act or Tennessee tax reform. The local section of this series contains all correspondence and documentation of the activities of the Murfreesboro league such as election forums or and extended school program.  Also in this section are consensus reports of the opinions of the Murfreesboro league.  The consensus reports were requested by either the national or state leagues but are contained within the local league’s issues section in order to better understand the opinions of the Murfreesboro league on specific issues.

Associated Materials: No known associated materials.

Related Collections: No known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
John Bragg

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Tennessee
Washington, DC

Subjects (General)
Activism
Education
Elections
Equal Rights Amendment
Land use
League of Women Voters
Local government
National Voter Act
Nissan
Ordinances
Tax reform
Voting
Zoning

Material Types
Constitution
Bylaws
Minutes
Reports
Membership records
Financial records
Publications
News clippings

Collection Inventory:

Box Series Folder Folder Name Date
1 Constitution and By-laws 1 By-laws changes 1970s, 1980s
1 Constitution and By-laws 2 LWV US By-laws and guides  
1 Constitution and By-laws 3 Murfreesboro By-laws 1960s, 1970s
1 Constitution and By-laws 4 Murfreesboro By-laws-revised 1981
1 Constitution and By-laws 5 Murfreesboro By-laws-revised 1989
1 Constitution and By-laws 6 Murfreesboro By-laws-revised 1995
1 Constitution and By-laws 7 Policy Sheet 1969
1 Constitution and By-laws 8 Policy Sheet 1981
1 Constitution and By-laws 9 Policy Sheet 1990
1 Constitution and By-laws 10 Standard By-laws 1956, 1966
1 Annual Reports 1 Annual Meetings  
1 Annual Reports 2 Annual Report to National 1957-1961
1 Annual Reports 3 Annual Report to National 1970s
1 Annual Reports 4 Annual Report to National 1980s
1 Annual Reports 5 President's Annual Report 1968
1 Annual Reports 6 President's Annual Report 1970-1972, 1978
1 Annual Reports 7 State Board Report 1958
1 Annual Reports 8 State Board Report 1983
1 Financial Records 1 Audits 1957-1976
1 Financial Records 2 Budgets 1950s
1 Financial Records 3 Budgets 1960s
1 Financial Records 4 Budgets 1970s
1 Financial Records 5 Budgets 1980s
1 Financial Records 6 Budgets 1990s
1 Financial Records 7 Dues  
1 Financial Records 8 Income Tax Report 1960s-1970s
1 Financial Records 9 Budgets LWVTN  
1 Financial Records 10 Budget Forms and Guides  
1 Financial Records 11 Finance Drive 1960s
1 Financial Records 12 Finance Drive 1970s
1 Financial Records 13 Finance Drive 1980s
1 Financial Records 14 Finance Drive 1990s
1 Financial Records 15 Finance Drive Report to National 1965-1977
1 Financial Records 16 Tax Exempt Papers  
1 Financial Records 17 Treasurer's Report 1978
1 Financial Records 18 Treasurer's Report 1979
1 Financial Records 19 Treasurer's Report 1980
1 Financial Records 20 Treasurer's Report 1982
1 Financial Records 21 Treasurer's Report 1983
1 Financial Records 22 Treasurer's Report 1984
1 Financial Records 23 Treasurer's Report 1985
1 Financial Records 24 Treasurer's Report 1986
1 Financial Records 25 Treasurer's Report 1987
1 Financial Records 26 Treasurer's Report 1988
1 Financial Records 27 Treasurer's Report 1989
1 Financial Records 28 Treasurer's Report 1990s
1 Public Relations 1 Clippings; finance drive  
1 Public Relations 2 Clippings; miscellaneous  
1 Public Relations 3 Clippings 1960s
1 Public Relations 4 Clippings 1970s
1 Public Relations 5 Clippings 1980-1984
1 Public Relations 6 Clippings 1985-1989
1 Public Relations 7 Clippings 1990s
1 Public Relations 8 Clippings no date
1 Public Relations 9 Clippings; TN State League  
1 Public Relations 10 Murfreesboro LWV Week Proclamation 1983, 1984
1 Public Relations 11 News Releases  
1 Public Relations 12 75th Anniversary/KYLG Celebration  
1 Public Relations 13 Resolution of Appreciation 1993
1 Public Relations 14 Slide Show Scripts  
8 Public Relations 1 Scrapbook 1980.10.04
8 Public Relations 2 Scrapbook 1970s-1980s
8 Public Relations 3 Scrapbook 1990s
8 Public Relations 4 Scrapbook 1977-1978
8 Public Relations 5 Scrapbook 1960s
8 Public Relations 6 Scrapbook 1970
1 Membership 1 Board of Directors/Officers List 1960s
1 Membership 2 Board of Directors/Officers List 1970s
1 Membership 3 Board of Directors/Officers List 1980s
1 Membership 4 Board of Directors/Officers List 1990s
1 Membership 5 Early Membership Lists; charter members  
1 Membership 6 Invitation to Franklin LWV  
1 Membership 7 Membership Lists 1960s
1 Membership 8 Membership Lists 1970s
1 Membership 9 Membership Lists 1980s
1 Membership 10 Membership Lists 1990s
1 Membership 11 Membership Materials recruitment, etc.  
1 Membership 12 Membership Reports to National  
1 Membership 13 National Membership Change Forms  
1 Membership 14 National Murfreesboro League membership lists  
2 Minutes 1 1957 Minutes  
2 Minutes 2 1958 Minutes  
2 Minutes 3 1959 Minutes  
2 Minutes 4 1960 Minutes  
2 Minutes 5 1961 Minutes  
2 Minutes 6 1962 Minutes  
2 Minutes 7 1963 Minutes  
2 Minutes 8 1964 Minutes  
2 Minutes 9 1965 Minutes  
2 Minutes 10 1966 Minutes  
2 Minutes 11 1967 Minutes  
2 Minutes 12 1968 Minutes  
2 Minutes 13 1969 Minutes  
2 Minutes 14 1970 Minutes  
2 Minutes 15 1971 Minutes  
2 Minutes 16 1972 Minutes  
2 Minutes 17 1973 Minutes  
2 Minutes 18 1974 Minutes  
2 Minutes 19 1975 Minutes  
2 Minutes 20 1976 Minutes  
2 Minutes 21 1977 Minutes  
2 Minutes 22 1978 Minutes  
2 Minutes 23 1979 Minutes  
2 Minutes 24 1980 Minutes  
2 Minutes 25 1981 Minutes  
2 Minutes 26 1982 Minutes  
2 Minutes 27 1983 Minutes  
2 Minutes 28 1984 Minutes  
2 Minutes 29 1985 Minutes  
2 Minutes 30 1986 Minutes  
2 Minutes 31 1987 Minutes  
2 Minutes 32 1988 Minutes  
2 Minutes 33 1989 Minutes  
2 Minutes 34 1990 Minutes  
2 Minutes 35 1991 Minutes  
2 Minutes 36 1992 Minutes  
2 Minutes 37 1993 Minutes  
2 Minutes 38 1994 Minutes  
2 Minutes 39 1995 Minutes  
3 Publications 1 At Issue 1990-1991
3 Publications 2 Board Guidelines  
3 Publications 3 Budget Process  
3 Publications 4 Budget Guides for Treasurers  
3 Publications 5 China  
3 Publications 6 Campaign Financing  
3 Publications 7 Choosing the President  
3 Publications 8 Current Focus 1980-1982
3 Publications 9 Do You Know the ABC's of Your Town's  
3 Publications 10 Education  
3 Publications 11 LWV Education Fund  
3 Publications 12 Energy/Nuclear Power  
3 Publications 13 Equal Rights Amendment  
3 Publications 14 Environment/Conservation  
3 Publications 15 Fund Raising  
3 Publications 16 Housing  
3 Publications 17 Human Resources  
3 Publications 18 Impact on Issues/Congress 1986-1994
3 Publications 19 In League  
3 Publications 20 In Touch 1990-1991
3 Publications 21 Know Your State  
3 Publications 22 Land Use  
3 Publications 23 Leader's Guides 1969
3 Publications 24 Litigation  
3 Publications 25 LWV In Perspective 1920-1995
3 Publications 26 Membership Materials; recruitment  
3 Publications 27 Membership Processing Manual 1992
3 Publications 28 The National Voter 1990, 1993
3 Publications 29 Natural Resources  
3 Publications 30 Pamphlets  
3 Publications 31 Poverty/Hunger  
3 Publications 32 President's Packet 1987, 1990
3 Publications 33 Prospectus 1980-1982; No.1 - No.4
3 Publications 34 Recycling, Solid Waste  
3 Publications 35 Report from the Hill 1988-1991
3 Publications 36 Report from the Hill 1979, 1982-1983; No.96 - No. 98
3 Publications 37 Representative Government/Federal  
3 Publications 38 Revenue Sharing  
3 Publications 39 Shopping Center Policy  
3 Publications 40 Voter Services  
3 Publications 41 Local Board Guide  
3 Publications 42 Water  
4 Publications 43 Board Network  
4 Publications 44 Education  
4 Publications 45 Housing  
4 Publications 46 International Trade  
4 Publications 47 Local Board Guide  
4 Publications 48 Membership Materials  
4 Publications 49 Position Papers 1981
4 Publications 50 Poverty/Hunger  
4 Publications 51 President's Workbook  
4 Publications 52 TN Government Fiscal Profile  
4 Publications 53 Tennessee Women - A Guide For Teachers  
4 Publications 54 Tennessee Voter; assorted issues 1977-1991,
4 Publications 55 Voter Editor Handbook  
4 Publications 56 Voter Services  
4 Publications 57 TN Yearbook 1983-1984
4 Publications 58 TN Yearbook 1987-1988
4 Publications 59 TN Yearbook 1988-1989
4 Publications 60 TN Yearbook 1989-1990
4 Publications 61 TN Yearbook 1997-1999
5 Publications 62 Education  
5 Publications 63 Land Use  
5 Publications 64 Know Your Local Government 1960s
5 Publications 65 Know Your Local Government 1970s
5 Publications 66 Know Your Local Government 1980s
5 Publications 67 Know Your Local Government 1990s
5 Publications 68 Know Your Local Government; preparation 1983
5 Publications 69 Know Your Local Government 1985; preparation
5 Publications 70 Know Your Local Government 1989; preparation
5 Publications 71 Miscellaneous Local Leagues L
5 Publications 72 Murfreesboro Voter 1969; Nov.
5 Publications 73 Murfreesboro Voter 1971
5 Publications 74 Murfreesboro Voter 1972; Jan.-June, Sept., Oct., Nov.
5 Publications 75 Murfreesboro Voter 1973; Feb., March, May, June, Sept., Oct., Dec.
5 Publications 76 Murfreesboro Voter 1974; Jan.-Feb., Nov.-Dec.
5 Publications 77 Murfreesboro Voter 1975; Jan.-May, Aug., Sept., Oct., Dec.
5 Publications 78 Murfreesboro Voter 1976; Jan.-April, July-Dec.
5 Publications 79 Murfreesboro Voter 1977; Jan.-June, Sept.-Dec.
5 Publications 80 Murfreesboro Voter 1978; Jan.-April, June, July, Oct.
5 Publications 81 Murfreesboro Voter 1979
5 Publications 82 Murfreesboro Voter 1980; March, April(?), May, Oct., Nov.
5 Publications 83 Murfreesboro Voter 1981; Jan., Feb., April-May, Aug., Oct.-Dec.
5 Publications 84 Murfreesboro Voter 1982; Jan., April, May, July, Sept., Oct.
5 Publications 85 Murfreesboro Voter 1983; Jan.-March, Aug.-Nov.
5 Publications 86 Murfreesboro Voter 1984; March, June, Aug., Oct., Nov.
5 Publications 87 Murfreesboro Voter 1985; Feb., March
5 Publications 88 Murfreesboro Voter 1987; March/April, Sept., Oct., Nov.
5 Publications 89 Murfreesboro Voter 1988; Jan.-June, Sept.-Dec. - 2 copies of each
5 Publications 90 Murfreesboro Voter 1989; Jan.-June, Sept.-Nov.
5 Publications 91 Murfreesboro Voter 1990; Jan.-Nov. - 2 copies each
5 Publications 92 Murfreesboro Voter 1991; Jan.-June, Sept.-Nov.
5 Publications 93 Murfreesboro Voter 1992; Feb.-April, Oct., Nov
5 Publications 94 Murfreesboro Voter 1993; March
5 Publications 95 Murfreesboro Voter 1997; Jan.
5 Publications 96 President's Letter 1993-1995
5 Publications 97 Voter Services  
6 Issues and Activism 1 Administrative Correspondence  
6 Issues and Activism 2 Civil Rights 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 3 Energy 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 4 Environment  
6 Issues and Activism 5 Hazardous Wastes 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 6 Health Care 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 7 Home Rule for D.C. 1960s-1970s
6 Issues and Activism 8 Human Resources 1960s
6 Issues and Activism 9 National Programs  
6 Issues and Activism 10 National Security 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 11 NURA - National Voter Registration Act 1990s
6 Issues and Activism 12 National Resources 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 13 Nuclear war threat 1989
6 Issues and Activism 14 Per Member Payments 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 15 Positions LWVUS  
6 Issues and Activism 16 Program Planning 1960s-1970s
6 Issues and Activism 17 Publications 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 18 Reproduction Choices Choice/women's rights  
6 Issues and Activism 19 Visa Card Campaign 1988
6 Issues and Activism 20 Voter and Campaign Finance Reform 1990s
6 Issues and Activism 21 United Nations 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 22 Board Correspondence  
6 Issues and Activism 23 Budgets Seminar 1970s
6 Issues and Activism 24 Checklist for 1957-1959  
6 Issues and Activism 25 Conference 1964
6 Issues and Activism 26 Conference 1994
6 Issues and Activism 27 Constitution Study  
6 Issues and Activism 28 Convention 1989
6 Issues and Activism 29 Education  
6 Issues and Activism 30 Education Fund  
6 Issues and Activism 31 Electoral Process  
6 Issues and Activism 32 Environment/Conservation  
6 Issues and Activism 33 Financing State Government 1970s
6 Issues and Activism 34 Financing State Government 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 35 General Assembly TN  
6 Issues and Activism 36 Health Care  
6 Issues and Activism 37 Housing  
6 Issues and Activism 38 Human Resources 1970s
6 Issues and Activism 39 International Relations 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 40 Juvenile Services 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 41 Lobbyist Reports 1990s
6 Issues and Activism 42 Nuclear Waste  
6 Issues and Activism 43 Publications of LWVTN  
6 Issues and Activism 44 Safe Drinking Water Project 1970s
6 Issues and Activism 45 Solid Waste 1980s
6 Issues and Activism 46 State Programs  
6 Issues and Activism 47 Surface Mining/Land Use 1970s
6 Issues and Activism 48 Tax Reform 1990
6 Issues and Activism 49 TN Constitutional Issues 1977
6 Issues and Activism 50 TN Court Study 1977
6 Issues and Activism 51 Tennessee Tax Info  
6 Issues and Activism 52 Tennessee Tax Reform  
6 Issues and Activism 53 Tennessee Valley Inter-League Council  
6 Issues and Activism 54 Training - LWV  
6 Issues and Activism 55 Water 1970s
7 Issues and Activism 56 "An Act of Congress" 1980s; The Clean Air Act Amendment 1977  
7 Issues and Activism 57 Arms Control  
7 Issues and Activism 58 Board Correspondence  
7 Issues and Activism 59 Community Action Programs Survey US  
7 Issues and Activism 60 Correspondence 1950s
7 Issues and Activism 61 Correspondence 1960s
7 Issues and Activism 62 Correspondence 1970s
7 Issues and Activism 63 Correspondence 1980s
7 Issues and Activism 64 Correspondence 1990s
7 Issues and Activism 65 Domestic Content 1980s
7 Issues and Activism 66 Early League Organization and  
7 Issues and Activism 67 Education appointment of county school superintendent  
7 Issues and Activism 68 Education Consensus Report - TN  
7 Issues and Activism 69 Education unification of city and county schools  
7 Issues and Activism 70 Education Rutherford County  
7 Issues and Activism 71 Election 1980 candidates questionnaires  
7 Issues and Activism 72 ElectionsCity Council 1990  
7 Issues and Activism 73 Election Laws 1970s
7 Issues and Activism 74 Election Reporting 1988
7 Issues and Activism 75 Environment  
7 Issues and Activism 76 Extended School Program  
7 Issues and Activism 77 Forums - Candidate 1990
7 Issues and Activism 78 Election 1994 Spring
7 Issues and Activism 79 Forum - City Government 1988.10.18
7 Issues and Activism 80 Forum - Health Care 1994
7 Issues and Activism 81 Forum - School Finance in TN 1985
7 Issues and Activism 82 General Meeting; Balefill 1990.03.14
7 Issues and Activism 83 General Meeting; Roger Haley 1990.09.19
7 Issues and Activism 84 General Meeting 1991.03.00
7 Issues and Activism 85 Housing 1960s
7 Issues and Activism 86 International Relations 1960s
7 Issues and Activism 87 Juvenile Services 1980s
7 Issues and Activism 88 Land Use/Zoning 1970s
7 Issues and Activism 89 Land Use/Zoning 1980s-1990s
7 Issues and Activism 90 Land Use - Murfreesboro Plan 1987
7 Issues and Activism 91 Legislative InterviewsGordon, Bragg, Evins, Motlow  
7 Issues and Activism 92 Miscellaneous LWV cartoons positions 1976; Carrie Chapman Catt  
7 Issues and Activism 93 National Program Recommendations  
7 Issues and Activism 94 Parliamentary Procedure  
7 Issues and Activism 95 Program Planning 1980s
7 Issues and Activism 96 Property Tax Consensus - TN  
7 Issues and Activism 97 PPRC - Public Policy on Reproductive 1980s
7 Issues and Activism 98 Recycling/Waste Disposal 1990s
7 Issues and Activism 99 Representative Government - The Executive 1960s
7 Issues and Activism 100 Representative Government - The Executive 1970s
7 Issues and Activism 101 Regional Transportation  
7 Issues and Activism 102 Revenue Sharing 1970s
7 Issues and Activism 103 Rutherford County/Murfreesboro  
7 Issues and Activism 104 Safe Drinking Water 1980s
7 Issues and Activism 105 Sign Ordinance  
7 Issues and Activism 106 State Route 840 1990s
7 Issues and Activism 107 Tax Assessor's OfficeMurfreesboro League Report  
7 Issues and Activism 108 Survey of Concerns 1989.06.00
7 Issues and Activism 109 Voting Practices Study 1964
7 Issues and Activism 110 Voter Registration  
7 Issues and Activism 111 Voter Services  
7 Issues and Activism 112 Women, Equal Rights Amendment