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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Old York Road Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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The League of Women Voters (LWV) was established in 1919 to help educate women on the civic responsibilities of voting. In addition to its primary focus of educating the public during elections, the LWV quickly extended its program, taking positions on several national issues, especially the legal status of women, and foreign policy, like the institution of the United Nations and the Marshall Plan. Locally, chapters were involved in public issues such as child care, city management, housing, public education and public health.
A Philadelphia chapter of LWV was founded soon after the establishment of the national organization. A Cheltenham League spun off from the Philadelphia chapter in 1951. Its coverage area expanded to include Abington and Jenkintown in 1959. The League of Women Voters of Abington-Cheltenham-Jenkintown (ACJ-LWV) is still active as of 2013.
Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza. Finding aid for "League of Women Voters of Philadelphia records," Historical Society of Pennsylvania collection 1940. 2011. Accessed May 8, 2013. http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/pacscl/HSP_HSP1940
"November 10 - A History of the Abington-Cheltenham-Jenkintown League of Women Voters." The Corridor: Newsletter of the Old York Road Historical Society vol. XIX, no. 2 (Fall 2010). Accessed May 8, 2013. http://www.oyrhs.org/docspdfs/corridor/fall10.pdf
This collection includes newsletters, minutes, programs, photographs, articles (clippings), government directories, correspondence, bylaws, membership directories, board meeting agendas and minutes, 1952-2009, primarily from the League of Women Voters of Abington-Cheltenham-Jenkintown, with some materials relating to its parent state and national bodies. The collection is organized roughly in chronological order by document type. There is a sizeable quantity of materials relating to the reapportionment of Cheltenham in 1972. Of special interest are legislative interviews from the 1980s.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Old York Road Historical Society directly for more information.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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