League of Women Voters of Cook County Records

Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-2742
Date: 1923-1984
Extent: 10.75 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
The League of Women Voters of Illinois was organized in Chicago in October 1920. Additional local leagues were formed throughout the state, including ten in the Chicago area. The Cook County League was formed as a council to serve as a governing body to all the Chicago leagues and the suburban leagues within Cook County. Though the council was comprised primarily of white members, within months of its formation it began to assist the "colored" members, who were members of various local leagues, in organizing their own local league. In 1923 the Douglas League was established, comprised of members from the first and third senatorial districts. Its leadership and membership was exclusively African American.

Scope and Content Note:
The League of Women Voters of Cook County Records consist of 11.75 linear feet of material covering the time period from 1923 to the mid-1980s. The records include reports, correspondence, meetings and conference summaries, surveys, pamphlets, brochures, and meeting minutes. They are divided into two series: administrative records and committee records. The administrative records contain two sub-series: unpublished reports and published reports. The Committee Records series contains twelve sub-series based on the committee activity conducted over the 60 year period. The committees included are: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Cook County Government, Human Resources, Environment, Housing, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Voters' Services, Civil Service, Public Officials, Publicity, and Schools.

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