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League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area C0031
Published by George Mason University Libraries
The League of Women Voters (LWV) was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, a leader in the women's suffragist movement. Its purpose is to encourage citizens to participate actively in government by supporting the party of their choice. While the LWV is a nonpartisan organization, and therefore does not support individual candidates, it does take a position on issues of a national, state, and local scale selected by the membership. Such issues of the past included support for a minimum wage, child labor laws, and equal opportunity for women in government.
In Virginia, the LWV began as the Equal Suffrage League, which worked diligently for the ratification of the nineteenth amendment. The Equal Suffrage League joined the national LWV and created a state league. The first local league in Virginia was established in Richmond, followed by chapters in Alexandria and Arlington.
The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) was granted full league status in 1948. However, the LWVFA of the present day was established in 1964 after the town of Fairfax became a city in 1961 and thus a separate governmental jurisdiction from the County of Fairfax.
The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area Records contains material from the LWVFA's activities from 1948-2013, including studies, information on political issues, meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, and photographs. The collection is organized in 9 series for easy use and research. The 9 series are: Board Meetings and Minutes, Programs, Publications, Correspondence, Conventions and Meetings, Subject Files, Oral History, Photographs, and Oversized.
The first series, Board Meetings and Minutes, contains the board meetings and minutes of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area. The documents detail the discussions and planning of the League Board. The series is arranged chronologically and details the activities of the League at their meetings.
The second series, Programs, contains documents pertaining to the programs and activities sponsored by the League, including local, national, and international issues. In addition to voting programs, the League engaged in a variety of other programs, including land use, education, and criminal justice.
The third series, Publications, contains the various publications of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area. Most notably, this series includes the chapter's newsletter, the "Bulletin." Additionally, the series includes other publications by the League, including recycling and voting guides.
The fourth series, Correspondence, contains the letters and messages between the League and organizations such as the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, the U.S. Congress, and the office of the Governor of Virginia. The series also contains letters between members of the league regarding various activities of the LWVFA.
The fifth series, Conventions and Meetings, contains information about the annual meetings of the LWVFA. The series also contains workbooks and pamphlets about the Virginia and National Conventions for the League of Women Voters.
The sixth series, Subject Files, contains information concerning the miscellaneous activities of the LWVFA, such as schools, environmental policy, finances, construction site safety, and historic preservation.
The seventh series, Oral History, includes transcripts and audio recordings of LWVFA members, such as Lean Packard and Martha Pennino.
The eighth series, Photographs, contains photographs of LWVFA members and important events.
The ninth series, Electronic Records, contains electronic records in ASCII format on 3.5 inch and 5.25 inch floppy discs. The records accompany the 1994 Election voters guides and candidate questionnaires.
The tenth series, Oversize, contains materials such as signs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia.
The collection is arranged in 10 series:
There are no access restrictions.
There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area records must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
The George Mason University Special Collections and Archives also holds other collections for research on the political life of women in Northern Virginia such as the Jean Marburg League of Women Voters collection, the Emilie F. Miller papers, and the Martha Pennino papers.
League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area
Fairfax (Va.)--Politics and government
League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area records, C0031, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.
This collection was donated by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area between 1995 and 2009.
This collection was processed in 1995 by League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area archivist Bernice Colvard and an original finding aid was compiled by Special Collections and Archives archival assistant Oona Pilot-Sitkoff. In 2008, the collection was re-processed by Sean Tennant. Finding aid was updated in 2013 by Greta Kuriger Suiter.