League of Women Voters, Champaign County, Ill. Records, 1922-2009 | Illinois History and Lincoln Collections
The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization, promotes civic involvement by studying community issues, encouraging voter registration, observing governmental meetings, and sponsoring candidate forums. This collection contains records of the League of Women Voters of Champaign County since its formation in 1922.
The most recent addition to this collection, in 2011, contains records from the 1970s to the late 2000s, with some earlier material. Its primary focus is the League's Observer Corps Reports, in which neutral observers report on the activities of local governing bodies, including the city of Champaign, the city of Urbana, Champaign County, and various taxing districts in the county. Their reports suggest studies of particular issues, inform the community on such issues, raise questions to pose to candidates running for office, and aid in lobbying efforts. This addition to the collection also contains material on the full range of programs supported by the League on local, state, and national levels.
The League deposited other materials in the collection in 1971, 1983, and 2000, for all of which there are typed inventories. These materials include minutes of meetings of the membership and the board of directors, 1922-66; financial ledgers and papers, 1940-71; eleven scrapbooks containing clippings about the League's meetings and activities, 1932-67; thirteen volumes relating to particular governmental and social problems; and photographs.