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League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County records

 Collection
Identifier: POL-0033

Scope and Contents note

The League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County, formerly the Carrollton League of Women Voters, began formal operation in 1961. A nonpartisan and non-profit organization, its work is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. These records include educational pamphlets, booklets, bulletins and newsletters, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, maps, and notes on a variety of political topics.

Dates

  • 1960-2016

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users.

Conditions Governing Use note

All rights transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

The League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County, formerly the Carrollton League of Women Voters, began organizational meetings in November 1960, became a provisional League in 1961, and received its charter from the national League in 1962. In 1974, the League’s bylaws were changed to allow men to join with full voting member status. The League became a county-wide organization in 1975. Articles of Incorporation were filed in March 1982. Projects have included examining and educating the public regarding representation in Georgia’s legislature, water conservation, state redistricting, school improvements, political forums for candidates, an increase in sales tax, city and county elections, increasing voter turnout, local election laws and voting procedures, a county land use plan, the Equal Rights Amendment, campaign finance reform, sexual assault laws, and coastal zone management. The League has been instrumental in helping to change county government from the single commissioner form to a multi-commissioner form, opening a recycling center, and establishing a scholarship fund for graduate and undergraduate students in political science at West Georgia College.

The League works to affect the legislative process in two ways. The first is to study issues and to oppose or support items of legislation as a result of their study, taking action (publishing studies and conclusions, letter writing, lobbying, etc.) to pass or defeat legislation. The second way is through voter services, which includes presentation of candidate forums, the publication of information explaining issues of the day, and assistance with voter registration. The League maintains a strict nonpartisanship stance with regard to candidates and political parties, neither supporting nor opposing any candidate for public office.

Work of this chapter includes monitoring voter registration events in the mid-1980s under the Voting Rights Act Monitoring and Litigation Project, and a Water Study conducted in the late 1990s to discover what the Carroll County Water Authority was doing to ensure a long-term water supply for the county. The chapter also regularly presents voter guides, educational events (such as the Floyd Hoskins “Great Decisions” program), and forums for political candidates.

Extent

15.06 Linear feet (32 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Records of the League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County, formerly the Carrollton League of Women Voters, which has been active since 1961. A nonpartisan and non-profit organization, its work is to encourage active participation in government and elections through education and advocacy of the citizenry. Records include correspondence, event planning materials, brochures, leaflets, newsletters, and other materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was deeded to University of West Georgia Special Collections on March 25, 2019 by Kathleen Barrett, President of the League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County, and transferred to Special Collections from the Neva Lomason Memorial Library. Additions (boxes 29-32) donated to Special Collections by Anne C. Richards in December 2019.

Processing Information note

Processed by W. Michael Camp and Lalah Manly, 2019
Title
Guide to the League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County records POL-0033
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Michael Camp and Lalah Manly, 2019
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States