Richmond League of Women Voters Records, 1962-1986
- Richmond League of Women Voters Records, 1962-1986
- Richmond League of Women Voters
- 5.45 cubic feet, 9,350 items, 13 Boxes
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Biography / History
- In late Spring 1962 Jay Ogden who had been active in the League of Women Voters in other locations was asked by the state league to form a unit in Richmond. Mrs. Ogden and three other Richmond residents joined the existing Berea LWV. In the summer of that year a provisional league had been formed in Richmond with 15 members. This number increased to 29 charter members by November 1962. Mrs. Ogden served as both the Organizing Chairman and the Provisional League President, 1962-1964. The Richmond League was granted independent status in April 1964.
- The twenty years of records contained in this collection shows the LWV of Richmond to be very involved in local and state affairs, with continuing interest in national issues, but with less activity on that level. The papers in the Local Program Series are perhaps the most noteworthy as they show the league studying an issue, arriving at conclusions, and acting on those conclusions. Some of these actions were successful such as the establishment of a local health department tax; some of them were unsuccessful such as the failure to establish a local library taxing district. All these programs tell much about how the League of Women Voters of Richmond works.
- Much of the material used in this history is drawn from a resume prepared in 1978 by Jay Ogden.
- Scope and Content
- In June 1981 the Board of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Richmond voted to place their records on permanent deposit with the Eastern Kentucky University Archives. The records were scattered among the homes of several board members, with many stored in the home of the retiring secretary.
- Another group of records had been kept by Jay Ogden, the first president of the LWV of Richmond. Mrs. Ogden had been instrumental in organizing the league here and served as a LWV representative on a number of state government committees. Many records from those activities are included, often containing notes handwritten by Mrs. Ogden.
- The collection is separated into eight series: Environmental Quality, Human Resources, Local Business, Local Programs, Local Publications, Memorabilia, State Programs, and Voter's Service. This arrangement reflects the way the material has been organized by various board of director's members who carry different areas of responsibility within the organization. For example, normally one board member will be chairperson for the local programs, another for voter's service, and so forth.
- The material dates from 1962, when the local league was organized, until 1986. A very few items actually pre-date the organization of the Richmond LWV. These records are apparently background material gathered as the league studied different issues. Types of material include minutes of meetings, local publications, reports to the national organization, correspondence, newsclippings, background material from other organizations, one award, and two scrapbooks.