National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.). Anne Martin Chapter Records

Identifier: 82-47

Scope and Contents

The National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.). Anne Martin Chapter Records is divided into two series and dates from 1977-1991. Series 1, the administrative records, consists of minutes, agendas, financial documents, correspondence, membership files, bylaws, and newsletters. Series 2 contains subject files that include activities of the Chapter such as the "Good Guys" awards and the Barbara Bennett scholarships, as well as timely topics of interest, such as legislation.


  • 1972-1991


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

The National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.) (NWPC) was formed in 1971 to increase the number of women in all aspects of political life: as elected and appointed officials, as judges in state and federal courts, as delegates to national party conventions, as lobbyists, campaigners, and voters.

The Anne Martin Chapter of NWPC was organized in Reno, Nevada, on April 12, 1972, as the Women's Political Caucus of Northern Nevada. The purpose was to organize at a local level to ensure that women were fairly represented in elective and appointive political offices, to effectively raise women's issues in every election; and to press to see that women held policy-making positions in the political parties. Barbara Bennett was selected as the temporary chair; twenty-one women attended the first meeting.

The Anne Martin Chapter was very active in working to achieve their goals, holding fundraisers for women political candidates and to provide scholarships in honor of Barbara Bennett. Beginning in 1987, the chapter awarded "Good Guys" awards to men in the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City communities, honoring them for their work in support of women's issues. The Chapter also participated in and helped sponsor yearly statewide "Women in Politics" conferences.


2.479 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The National Women's Political Caucus was created in 1971 to increase women in politics. This collection includes minutes, correspondence, by-laws, financial filed, subject fields, newsletters, copies of senate bills, goals and objective statements, and flyers from the Reno, Nevada chapter of a bi-partisan group which encourages qualified women to seek public office. Materials between 1972-1991.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Administrative Records; 2) Subject Files

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in two increments to the Special Collections Department by Carrie Townley in 1982 and by Jackie Reilly in 1993.

Related Materials

Some additional records of the Anne Martin Chapter are included in 88-26, Isabel Kimble Papers in the Special Collections Department. The Chapter records in the Kimble collection include minutes, correspondence, bylaws, newsletters, and clippings for the period 1973-1983.

Separated Materials

Video tapes 1-3 have been moved to the Photo Archives within this department and can be found as part of photo collection UNRS-P1995-23, along with 190 images.

Guide to the National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.), Anne Martin Chapter Records
Susan Searcy
December 28, 1993
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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