Guide to the Washington Women United Records 1975-1986
Cage 529

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Washington Women United
Title
Washington Women United Records
ID
Cage 529
Date [inclusive]
1975-1986
Extent
6.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
2.75 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Business records, correspondence, pamphlets, writings, and other records of the organization.

Preferred Citation note

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

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Biographical/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.

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Scope and Contents note

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

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Arrangement note

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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1986

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

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).

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington Women United--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Government and Politics
  • Washington (State)
  • Women
  • Women's rights--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Business Records 

Board of Directors 

Box Folder

Agendas and Related Materials undated 1980-1981 

1 1

Elections 

Box Folder

 1981 

1 2

 1982 

1 3

Committees 

Box Folder

Board of Directors Committee Reports undated 1979-1980 

1 4

Committee Roster and Sign-ups undated 

1 5

Education and Communication Committee Reports 1979-1980 

1 6

Finance Committee Recommendations 1979 

1 7

Membership Committee undated 

1 8
Box Folder

Finances 1978-1980 

1 9

Forms and Letterhead undated 

1 10

Legislative Task Force and Workshops undated 1980-1982 

1 11

Meetings 

Annual 

Box Folder

 undated 

1 12

 1979 

1 13

 1980 

1 14

 1981 

1 15

 1982 

1 16

Board of Directors 

Box Folder

 January 30 1982 

2 1

 March 27 1982 

2 2

 May 15 1982 

2 3

 June 25 1982 

2 4

 September 18 1982 

2 5

 November 6 1982 

2 6

Memberships 

Box Folder

Corporate Members 1981 

2 7

Former Organizational Members and Deliquencies 1979-1981 

2 8

Membership Fee Payment (oversize folder) 1979 

2 9

Organizational Members 1981 

2 10

Minutes 

Board of Directors Meetings 

Box Folder

 1979 

2 11

 1980 

2 12

 1981 

2 13

 1982 

2 14
Box Folder

Executive Committee Meetings 1979-1980 

2 15

First Meetings 1978 

2 16

Implementing Board of Directors Meeting 1978 

2 17
Box Folder

Policies and Bylaws undated 1980-1981 

2 18

Telephone Number Lists undated 1979 1981 

2 19

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Series 2: Correspondence 

Board of Directors 

Box Folder

Letters undated 1981 

2 20

Memoranda undated 1979-1982 

2 21

General 

Box Folder

 undated 

3 1

 1978 

3 2

 1979 

3 3

 January-June 1980 

3 4

 July-December 1980 

3 5

 January-June 1981 

3 6

 July-December 1981 

3 7

 January-June 1982 

3 8

 July-December 1982 

4 1

 1983-1986 

4 2
Box Folder

Memoranda undated 1979-1982 

4 3

Thank-you Letters to Legislators 

Box Folder

 1979 

4 4

 1980 

4 5

 1981 

4 6

 1982 

4 7

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Series 3: Miscelllanea 

Box Folder

Displaced Homemaker Organization 1980 1982-1983 

4 8

General Elections of 1982 undated 1981-1983 

4 9

House Standing Committee Assignments and Senate Standing Committee and Committee Assignments 1978-1980 

4 10

Issue Poll 1980 

4 11

King County Women's Political Caucus 

Box Folder

State Legislative Candidate Interview Questions 1980 

4 12

Candidate Questionnaires 1982 

5 1
Box Folder

Legislative Platforms of other organizations undated 1976-1977 

5 2

Miscellanea undated 1975 1979-1980 1983 

5 3

Original Forms and Form Letters 

Box Folder

 undated 

5 4

 1979-1982 

5 5

 1981 

5 6
Box Folder

Pending Requests for Membership Information and Options for Typewriter Rental/Lease/Purchase undated 

5 7

Tax Surveys undated 1982 

5 8

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Series 4: Women's Legislative Reception Reports 

Box Folder

 1975-1979 

5 9

 1980 

5 10

 1981 

5 11

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Series 5: Writings 

Box Folder

Fifth Annual Meeting of Washington Women United Meeting Booklet and Flyer 1983 

5 12

IMPACT: A Woman's Guide to Legislative Action 1984 (?) 

6 1

Pamphlets with Membership Applications undated 

6 2

Speeches undated 

6 3

Washington Women United Legislative Reports and Legislative Newsletters 1979-1982 1985 

6 4

Washington Women United newsletters 1979-1982 1984-1985 

6 5

Information for publication in newsletters undated 1979 1981 

6 6

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