Guide to the Washington Women United Records
1975-1986

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Washington Women United
Title: Washington Women United Records
Dates: 1975-1986 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6 containers. (2.75 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number: Cage 529
Summary: Business records, correspondence, pamphlets, writings, and other records of the organization.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/
mascref@wsu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The statewide organization Washington Women United (WWU) was established in 1979 by Washington State Women's Political Caucus members as an independent unit to replace the services of the defunct Washington State Women's Council. WWU's primary purpose is to promote equal rights through legislative action, education, and networking. Members include individuals and organizations who are advocates of women's rights and proponents of the Equal Rights Amendment. Membership dues and pledges are the basis of support for WWU. The primary activity of WWU is to lobby the Washington State Legislature on issues of especial concern to women such as child care programs, domestic violence, abortion, comparable worth, and education. An annual poll of members determines WWU's position and lobbying priorities and guides its legislative efforts. The group maintains a staff, office, and full-time lobbyist in Olympia, and coordinates a statewide referral and information service on legislative activity. In addition, WWU provides telephone lists, mailing lists, a hot-line telephone service, information on lobbying techniques, news releases on political positions and issues, annual meetings, and six yearly newsletters. The organization also sponsors an annual legislative reception for elected officials which allows women to become acquainted with their legislators.

Officers are elected by and from the Board of Directors, and include: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President for Eastern Washington, Third Vice-President for Western Washington.

Content Description

The records consist of the business records of the organization and contemporary information about the state legislature.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item Description]. Cage 529, Washington Women United Records. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is organized as five series: Business Records, Correspondence, Miscellanea, Women's Legislative Reception Reports, and Writings. All papers are arranged chronologically within each file.

Business Records contain Board of Directors election results, committee reports, financial information, meeting agendas and reports, membership lists and deliquencies, minutes of meetings, and policies and bylaws. The Board of Directors meeting minutes are filed under the heading "Minutes."

Within the Correspondence files are letters and memoranda to the Board of Directors, general correspondence and memoranda, and thank-you letters to legislators. Letters from legislators to WWU are in the general correspondence files. A photograph of Linda Clifton, WWU President for 1981, is filed in the Board of Directors Letters folder.

The Miscellanea series contains files on statewide general elections, King County Women's Political Caucus Candidate Questionnaires, original forms and letters of the organization, information on other organizations, pamphlets on WWU complete with application forms, and other materials.

The Women's Legislative Reception Reports series contains information on the organizers of the Reception, attendance lists of legislators and the public, and invitations to the event.

The Writings series includes a booklet documenting the Fifth Annual Meeting, the book IMPACT: A Woman's Guide to Legislative Action, legislative reports and newsletters, and the WWU newsletters.

Acquisition Information :  

The records of the Washington Women United, of Olympia, Washington, were donated to the Washington State University Libraries by the organization in July 1986 (MS 86-25).

Related Materials :  

A second installation of records from this organization was received and processed in 1995, as Cage 625.


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Business Records
Container(s)
Description
Board of Directors
Box
Folder
1 1 Agendas and Related Materials, undated; , 1980-1981
Elections
Box
Folder
1 2 1981
1 3 1982
Committees
Box
Folder
1 4 Board of Directors Committee Reports, undated; , 1979-1980
1 5 Committee Roster and Sign-ups, undated
1 6 Education and Communication Committee Reports, 1979-1980
1 7 Finance Committee Recommendations, 1979
1 8 Membership Committee, undated
Box
Folder
1 9 Finances, 1978-1980
1 10 Forms and Letterhead, undated
1 11 Legislative Task Force and Workshops, undated; , 1980-1982
Meetings
Annual
Box
Folder
1 12 undated
1 13 1979
1 14 1980
1 15 1981
1 16 1982
Board of Directors
Box
Folder
2 1 January 30 1982
2 2 March 27 1982
2 3 May 15 1982
2 4 June 25 1982
2 5 September 18 1982
2 6 November 6 1982
Memberships
Box
Folder
2 7 Corporate Members, 1981
2 8 Former Organizational Members and Deliquencies, 1979-1981
2 9 Membership Fee Payment (oversize folder), 1979
2 10 Organizational Members, 1981
Minutes
Board of Directors Meetings
Box
Folder
2 11 1979
2 12 1980
2 13 1981
2 14 1982
Box
Folder
2 15 Executive Committee Meetings, 1979-1980
2 16 First Meetings, 1978
2 17 Implementing Board of Directors Meeting, 1978
2 18 Policies and Bylaws, undated; , 1980-1981
2 19 Telephone Number Lists, undated; , 1979; , 1981

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Series 2: Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Board of Directors
Box
Folder
2 20 Letters, undated; , 1981
2 21 Memoranda, undated; , 1979-1982
General
Box
Folder
3 1 undated
3 2 1978
3 3 1979
3 4 January-June 1980
3 5 July-December 1980
3 6 January-June 1981
3 7 July-December 1981
3 8 January-June 1982
4 1 July-December 1982
4 2 1983-1986
Box
Folder
4 3 Memoranda, undated; , 1979-1982
Thank-you Letters to Legislators
Box
Folder
4 4 1979
4 5 1980
4 6 1981
4 7 1982

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Series 3: Miscelllanea
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 8 Displaced Homemaker Organization, 1980; , 1982-1983
4 9 General Elections of 1982, undated; , 1981-1983
4 10 House Standing Committee Assignments and Senate Standing Committee and Committee Assignments, 1978-1980
4 11 Issue Poll, 1980
King County Women's Political Caucus
Box
Folder
4 12 State Legislative Candidate Interview Questions, 1980
5 1 Candidate Questionnaires, 1982
5 2 Legislative Platforms of other organizations, undated; , 1976-1977
5 3 Miscellanea, undated; , 1975; , 1979-1980; , 1983
Original Forms and Form Letters
Box
Folder
5 4 undated
5 5 1979-1982
5 6 1981
5 7 Pending Requests for Membership Information and Options for Typewriter Rental/Lease/Purchase, undated
5 8 Tax Surveys, undated; , 1982

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Series 4: Women's Legislative Reception Reports
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
5 9 1975-1979
5 10 1980
5 11 1981

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Series 5: Writings
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
5 12 Fifth Annual Meeting of Washington Women United Meeting Booklet and Flyer, 1983
6 1 IMPACT: A Woman's Guide to Legislative Action, 1984 (?)
6 2 Pamphlets with Membership Applications, undated
6 3 Speeches, undated
6 4 Washington Women United Legislative Reports and Legislative Newsletters, 1979-1982; , 1985
6 5 Washington Women United newsletters, 1979-1982; , 1984-1985
6 6 Information for publication in newsletters, undated; , 1979; , 1981

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Corporate Names :
  • Washington Women United--Archives  ( creator)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Women's rights--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence

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