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League of Women Voters records and photographs

Identifier: MSS-068

Scope and Contents

This collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, news clippings, publications, and other materials from the League of Women Voters of Muncie in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1957 to 1989 regarding the establishment of the Muncie league and its activities, and State of Indiana and National League of Women Voters events and activities.


  • 1957-1989

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Historical Note

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. The LWV was organized with the purpose of educating women on political issues, and encouraging women to exercise their right to vote. In April 1920, the League of Women Voters of Indiana formed from a nucleus of 127 Women's Franchise Leagues in 46 counties; these franchises were part of the American Woman Suffrage Association.

The League of Women Voters of Muncie was granted provisional status in 1957, and received its charter in May 1958. The Muncie Women's Civic Council, an outgrowth of the American Association of University Women study group, was instrumental in founding the local LWV. The voter-related projects sponsored by the Muncie Women's Civic Council, including drives to encourage voters to go to the polls, instructional sessions on the use of voting machines, and meetings to introduce local political candidates, fell under the jurisdiction of the LWV of Muncie following its establishment.

The first major project undertaken by the LWV of Muncie was the "Know Your Town" survey. This survey was a required first project for all LWV's. Funding for the publication of the LWV of Muncie's "Know Your Town" pamphlet came from the Women's Civic Council treasury, which was turned over to the LWV of Muncie when the council voted to disband in 1958. The pamphlet was dedicated to Mrs. H.A. Jeep, a Women's Civic Council member largely reponsible for organizing the LWV of Muncie.

Today the LWV of Muncie continues to work to educate the public on political issues, encourage citizens to vote, and influence public policy. Membership in the LWV is open to women and men of all ages.


4.2 Cubic Feet (4 boxes, 1 folder, and 1 page of slides)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: League of Women Voters records and publications, 1957-1989

Series 2: League of Women Voters photographs, undated

Series 3: League of Women Voters slides, 1959-1989

Series 4: League of Women Voters websites archive, 2019; 2019-

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections in separate donations or gifts from Cathy Newport on 1985/03/28; Beverly Graham on 1992/02/07; and Jacqueline MacGibbon on 1999/03/12.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1994/02/18 by M. Sears. EAD finding aid created 2012/04/16 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/05/24 by Bethany Fiechter.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA