The collection contains correspondence, publications from local, state and national chapters, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous other items of government programs in the region. The key documents are the organization’s minutes and correspondence, as well as the local chapter’s newsletter the “Valley Voter” (1966-1978).
7 linear feet, 18 boxes, and 1000 photographs
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Scope and Content:
The Oswego Valley League of Women Voters Collection reflects both the organization and workings of the chapter in its records and the scope of its interests through material collected on subjects of concern. Due to the subject emphasis of the collection folders frequently contain several types of material ranging from correspondence to publications. Especially Series II through VII folders are likely to contain publications and reports from either the national or state League of Women Voters organizations or both; non-league publications; newspaper clippings and/or magazine articles; publicity releases of the local chapter; material pertaining to local programs; and correspondence.
The basic organization of the collection retains the way files were kept by the Oswego Valley League of Women Voters. Minor rearrangement was done to bring together subject-related material and to remove duplication. The reverse chronological order has been retained. Therefore, in all folders the most recent item will be on the top. In a few cases, most noticeably correspondence related to preparation of the newspaper section on candidates, items are arranged in folders by subject as well as chronologically.
Biographical / Historical:
The Oswego Valley League of Women Voterswas organized on a provisional basis from its inception during September 1964, through October 1967. At that time the local chapter became a fully recognized part of the state and national League of Women Voters. Although there were difficulties from the start due to a small membership and the separation of interests of women from Oswego and Fulton, the chapter remained active until February 1979.
During these years the group participated in discussions on many topics of local and national concern. Among these were energy, the environment, governmental planning and organization, schools and pollution. Besides holding meetings to consider these matters, the local league annually strived to increase voters' awareness about candidates and issues.
The league sponsored a public forum, Meet Your Candidates, where candidates could answer questions from the League of Women Voters and the audience and prepared a newspaper section which contained candidates' views about local issues. Due to a declining membership the Oswego Valley League of Women Voters disbanded in February 1979.
This collection was a gift of Edith Palmentiero, 1999.
Records get shredded after 50 years.
This collection was originally created by the League. Then it went to so-and-so. In 1990 Edith Palmentiero acquired the collection from her mother.
Processed by Jen in 1999.
This collection is arranged in seven series: 1. League of Women Voters, 2. Government, 3. Elections, 4. Human Resources, 5. Land Use, 6. Environment, 7. Energy.
Let's try an unordered list:
League of Women Voters -. Government
This collection gets more stuff monthly.
Physical / technical requirements:
This collection is buried deep under ground in a dark cave. Good luck finding it. You might want to call ahead.
The oral histories are on tape and require the use of our special old tape player.
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: a Content Standard
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