Guide to the Washington Women United Records 1983-1986
Cage 625

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Washington Women United
Title
Washington Women United Records
ID
Cage 625
Date [inclusive]
1983-1986
Extent
7.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
3.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Collection contains business records of the organization and information about the Washington state legislature.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 625, 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

Collection contains business records of the organization and information about the Washington state legislature.

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Arrangement note

The records consist of business records of the organization and contemporary information about the state legislature. The records are organized as five series: Business Records, Correspondence, Miscellanea, Women's Legislative Reception Reports, and Writings.

Business Records contain Board of Directors election results and applications, a committee report, financial information, meeting agendas and minutes, and membership lists and solicitation.

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.

The Miscellanea series contains files on the 1985 Comparable Worth Action Project, general and primary elections, issues, legislative voting records, long range planning, telephone trees, town meetings, and the 1984 Women's Networking Conference.

The Women's Legislative Reception Reports series contains organizational information on the 1985 Reception, attendance lists, invitations, and copies of speeches WWU leaders delivered.

The Writings series includes the originals of legislative newsletters and Board of Directors materials, and WWU legislative reports and monthly newsletters.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1995

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

Washington Women United of Olympia, Washington, donated the records to Washington State University in April 1994.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

These papers comprise the second installation of records from the Washington Women United of Olympia, Washington, the first of which the University received and processed in 1986, as Cage 529.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington Women United--Archives
  • Washington Women United--Records and correspondence

Subject(s)

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

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Business Records 

Board of Directors 

Elections 

Box Folder

 1983 

1 1

 1984 

1 2

 1985 

1 3
Box Folder

Applications 1985 

1 4
Box Folder

Committees, Tax Coalition 1985 

1 5

Finances 1984 

1 6

Fund Raisers 1983 

1 7

Impact 1985-1986 

Box Folder

Advertising and Finances 

2 1

Public Relations 

2 2

Sales Records 

2 3

Meetings 

Annual 

Box Folder

 1983 

2 4

 1984 

3 1

 1985 

3 2

Syllabus 1983 

3 3

Board of Directors 

Box Folder

 1983 

3 4

 1984 

3 5

 1985 

3 6

Memberships 

Box Folder

Membership Expansion 1983 

3 7

Membership Survey 1983 

3 8

Organization Member Survey 1984 

3 9

Membership Solicitation 1984 

3 10

Direct Mail Solicitation 1985 

3 11

Minutes, Board of Directors Meetings 

Box Folder

 1983 

4 1

 1984 

4 2

 1985 

4 3

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Series 2: Correspondence 

General 

Box Folder

 January-June 1983 

4 4

 July-December 1983 

4 5

 January-June 1984 

4 6

 July-December 1984 

4 7

 January-June 1985 

4 8

 July-December 1985 

5 1

Thank You Letters to Legislators 

Box Folder

 1983 

5 2

 1984 

5 3

 1985 

5 4

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Series 3: Miscellanea 

Box Folder

Comparable Worth Action Project 1985-1986 

5 5

Election 

Box Folder

General 1984 

5 6

Primary 1984 

5 7

Issue Poll 

Box Folder

 1983 

5 8

 1984 

5 9

 1985-1986 

6 1

Issues 1984 

6 2

Legislative Voting Records 

Box Folder

 1984 

6 3

 1985 

6 4
Box Folder

Long Range Planning 1985-1986 

6 5

Telephone Trees 

Box Folder

 1983 

6 6

 1984 

6 7

 1985 

6 8
Box Folder

Town Meetings 1985 

6 9

Women's Networking Conference 1984 

6 10

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Series 4: Women's Legislative Reception Reports 

Box Folder

 1983 

6 11

 1984 

6 12

(includes some 1983-84 drafts) 1985 

7 1

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Series 5: Writings 

Originals of Board of Directors Activity and Legislative Newsletters 

Box Folder

 1983 

7 2

 1984 

7 3

 1985 

7 4

WWU Legislative Reports and Legislative Newsletters 

Box Folder

 1983 

7 5

 1984-1985 

7 6

WWU newsletters 

Box Folder

 1983 

7 7

 1984 

7 8

 1985 

7 9

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