League of Women Voters of Nevada Records

Identifier: 93-34

Scope and Contents

This collection has not been processed but an inventory was compiled to assist researchers in using the materials. Most of the materials originated from the League of Women Voters of Nevada and the League of Women Voters of Las Vegas but there is material from other Nevada chapters. Included are minutes, newsletters, project files, position papers, audio tapes of public forums, correspondence, budgets, annual reports, public relations files, and convention materials. There is also an extensive amount of material related to issues under study by the LWV.


  • 1960-1993



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 (LWV) 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 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 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. Currently, in 1998, the League is most active in Carson City and Las Vegas.

League history written by Lee Kosso.


12 Cubic Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials



Includes materials of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Nevada, LWV of Las Vegas, League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley, and other Nevada branches.,Included are minutes, newsletters, project files, position papers, audio tapes of public forums, correspondence, budgets, annual reports, public relations files, and convention materials.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by members of the League of Women Voters of Nevada including Susan Petz beginning in 1993.

Related Archival Materials

This collection of LWV papers supplements an earlier collection (82-15), which has a separate guide.

League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley records are also located at the Special Collections Department, Library, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

A part of

Nevada women's archives.


An Inventory to the Records of the League of Women Voters of Nevada
Inventory compiled by: Susan Searcy and Rebecca Richards
May 1998
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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

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