League of Women Voters of Nevada Records

Identifier: 82-15

Scope and Contents

The League of Women Voters of Nevada Records cover the period from 1951-1981. Series 1 and 2 contain correspondence, minutes, membership lists, budgets, and printed materials (both of a league and non-league nature.) The printed material generated by the leagues are newsletters and published reports on various Nevada state and local social and political issues of concern to the league such as government, voting, candidates surveys, abortion, criminal justice, children's welfare, environment, pollution, planning, mental health, and social welfare. The local leagues also collected printed materials generated by individuals, groups and agencies, outside the league, both governmental and non-governmental.

Series 3 is largely composed of National League of Women Voters printed materials, again arranged alphabetically, by title of publication. Group three has neither correspondence nor minutes. Any correspondence to or from national is filed in the appropriate local or state correspondence files.

Due to the nature of voluntary associations, records of these groups are often incomplete and often have chronological gaps. This collection is no exception.


  • 1941-1981


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 League of Women Voters has its historic roots in the National American Woman Suffrage Association. A one issue, non-partisan organization, the NAWSA worked solely for passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the vote. After ratification of this amendment, NAWSA was transformed into the League of Women Voters in 1920.

The League at the national, state and local levels, is voluntary, democratic in structure, non-partisan, and open to all persons who subscribe to the purposes and policies of the League. As the League was born out of a fight for the vote, the intelligent exercise of this right is central to the League's philosophy. The league emphasizes that an informed and enlightened and active citizenry is the mainstay of a free and open society. The League works to that end year round by publishing factual information on social and political issues. This information is disseminated throughout the community by various means, such as debates, forums, and through the print and electronic media. Additionally, a special effort is made at election time to bring information to the public regarding candidates' views, and to get out the vote. The League also takes an active role in naturalization proceedings for aspiring citizens.

Unlike its single-issue progenitor, however, the League is a broader based organization and works for the passage of many laws on various social and political issues. The League does take a position on issues after careful study beginning at the local level. After consensus has been reached at the local level, position statements are passed on to the state and then to the national level. This democratic process permeates the League structure. After consensus has been reached, the League proceeds to advocate its position at the local, state and national levels where appropriate. State and local issues of concern center around, for example, schools, housing, health, tax reform, children's welfare, environment, pollution, planning, criminal justice, mental health, and governmental reform. At the national level, the League has consistently supported the United Nations and international cooperative trade agreements. The League maintains its non-partisanship by prohibiting its board members at all levels from being active in their chosen political parties.

The local leagues in Nevada preceded the State League. The Reno chapter was established in 1951 and activity for a state league began in 1952 after Reno, Carson, and Elko were formed.


9.25 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials



The League of Women Voters is an women's organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The collection contains materials of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Nevada, local Nevada Leagues, and materials from the national League from 1941-1981. These records include correspondence, minutes, newsletters, membership lists, budgets, and printed material consisting of published reports on various Nevada state and local, social and political issues of concern to the League.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Local League of Women Voters Chapters; 2) Nevada State League of Women Voters; 3) National League of Women Voters

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The local and state league materials were donated by individuals active in both the local and state leagues. All of the national materials were found within the local and state materials. Special Collections did not receive any materials directly from the national league.

Related Materials

93-34: League of Women Voters of Nevada Records

A part of

Nevada Women's Archives.


Guide to the League of Women Voters of Nevada Records
Susan Searcy
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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