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The League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County Records

1914-2008

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Abstract

The League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County Records documents the political and social activities of the chapter since its founding in 1939.

Summary

Creator:
The League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County (Rensselaer County, N.Y.)
Date Coverage:
1914-2008
Quantity:
9.03 cubic ft.

"Let the people know, make the people care and help the people act" was the motto adopted by the 38 women who founded the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County (LWVRC) in October 1939. The first president of the LWVRC was Beulah Bailey Thull (1891-1975), who was one of Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt's speechwriters at the time. In addition to helping establish the Rensselaer County League, Thull helped establish the Women's Legislative Forum and the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) (serving as the latter's first president). Thull did not finish out her term with the LWVRC and was replaced by Catherine Benson. Though she was not originally from New York, Benson became an important leader in the early years of the LWVRC and in the New York State suffrage movement. World War I interrupted Benson's plans to become a doctor and instead she enrolled in Bellevue Hospital's nurses training course in New York City. By the time she became a nurse, the war ended. She married a doctor who set up a practice in Troy, NY. During the 1940s and 1950s, Benson became the Director of Nurses at Leonard Hospital in Troy.

A month after its founding, the LWVRC drafted a letter to Mr. Raymond T. Neitzel, President of Troy's Chamber of Commerce, stating that "the League has but one purpose - 'Better Government.'" At the time of the LWVRC's founding, the Troy Chamber of Commerce called for a survey of Troy's budget. The LWVRC saw an opportunity for political involvement at the local level and took it. The letter to Neitzel resulted in a luncheon hosted by the LWVRC, whereby the Mayor of Troy "appointed a citizens committee to sit in with him on the preparation of the budget." There were 30 people on the committee including the LWVRC's president. The LWVRC produced a rĂŠsumĂŠ of Troy's budget and of the comparative cost of government in Troy, along with a chart showing the necessary factors of a good budget. "This is the first time that such a thing had ever happened in Troy as the budget was usually a secret chamber act." Thus began the LWVRC's non-partisan involvement in local government.

By 1944, the LWVRC began plans to expand both its membership and scope of activities. It did this by establishing a headquarters and developing committees, including finance, public relations, programming, research, government, foreign relations, and training. In the same year, the LWVRC formed a coalition with the Business and Professional Women's Club, the YWCA, and the Junior League, creating the Women's Joint Education Committee. "Its purpose was to secure an enlarged Board of Education in Troy with one or more women members, with the hope of improving the school system." The committee quickly learned the ins and outs of the politics of education, suggesting areas for change and/or expansion. As a result, the LWVRC found a niche in public education. In December of 1955, Trojans, Know Your Schools, was published. It "presented concise, non-partisan information concerning the public schools of the Troy District." As a result of the publication, board of education meetings were opened to the public. Know Your Schools involved a survey of the school boards, finances, and teachers. The first decade of the LWVRC was marked a success. The chapter began the Know Your County series and had a regular monthly radio program on WTRY.

The LWVRC's activities expanded in the 1950s. Know Your Town became one of the main local projects, surveying county departments and chronicling the county's history for its citizens. The state League published a similar booklet for New York State, entitled Know Your State. Know Your Town was published in 1950 and gained a great deal of accolades (see clippings in Series 1, Box 1, Folder 18). 1950 was also the first year the LWVRC published election guides, which provided information to citizens about candidates and amendments that were up for a vote in upcoming government and school elections. The LWVRC then expanded its scope by speaking out about national and international issues. In 1953, the LWVRC participated in United Nations Day and in 1954 it came out against the Bricker Amendment, which would "define and limit the President's treaty-making powers." The LWVRC believed that such an amendment was "an impediment to the proper conduct of foreign affairs, a disguised isolationist effort to reverse and prevent cooperation in international issues, a violation of the expressed convictions of the framers of the Constitution, and an expression of distrust of both the President and the Senate." On state matters, the LWVRC pressed New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey to pass legislation for permanent personal registration, which, to the organization's dismay, Dewey vetoed in 1955. The latter part of the 1950s saw the League involved in conservation, court reform, county probation, world trade, charter reform, municipal government, equal pay for equal work, improvement of the primary and electoral systems, regulation of child labor laws, urban renewal and the implications of Sputnik. This did not replace past agenda items like the Troy school budget or permanent personal registration. The LWVRC merely continued to expand its scope on various levels.

The prosopography of the LWVRC at the end of the decade was typical of many women's groups in the country. The median age of the members was 45, 43 for the presidents. 50% of the members were college graduates. 82% of the members were married, with a median family income of $10,000. Only 6% of the membership had incomes below $5000.

In the 1960s, the LWVRC continued to publish its Bulletin, Facts for Voters, and Voters Guides. Also civil rights began to affect the LWVRC's activities in the second half of the decade. However, the documents do not suggest any major activity within the Civil Rights Movement or Women's Rights Movement per se. According to the LWVRC's 1964 Annual Report, the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County members participated in an NAACP survey (survey of what is unclear). In addition, two members served on different committees of the Troy Area Committee for Human Rights in order to prepare voters service materials about local elections for inner-city voters. LWVRC members also conducted a follow-up study of sub-standard rural and urban housing with a slide show that was shown to the community.

In 1965, the LWVRC ran the "Voters Mailbag" column of the Troy Record. That same year, the local LWVRC took on a national item project - development of human resources - in order to parallel the national League's agenda. Development of Human Resources explored the problems of the poor, automation, employment and education. Out of this project, the LWVRC published Up the Ladder (see Series 2) and Day Care: Community Challenge and Responsibility (see Series 2). Up the Ladder was partially subsidized by the United Way and thus distributed to their participating social agencies. Day Care: Community Challenge and Responsibility was the result of a Community Day Care Conference, which featured panel discussions by day care providers, educators and public officials. As a result, the County Day Care Council was established and Day Care, a citizens' guide for setting up day care centers, was published.

In the early 1970s, the LWVRC was diligently fundraising, working on the county and city charters, land use and health care and perfecting their regular agenda items such as voter registration and school initiatives. Its members were very supportive of school lunch programs in Troy city schools. They also added the Know Your Schools column of the Times Record. They continued their concern on national and international levels. For example, the LWVRC supported "a fair and thorough impeachment inquiry of President Nixon by the House Judiciary Committee." In addition, members supported the Equal Rights Amendment, which was eventually defeated. The LWVRC was also beginning to deal with the issue of allowing men into the organization as full voting members. The issue was contentious on a national level, but the Rensselaer County chapter appeared to be more flexible about the issue.

By 1979, the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County celebrated its 40th anniversary. It encouraged informed voter participation via publications like "Facts for Voters," "Newcomers Flyers," and "Civic Information Sheets." The LWVRC organized Meet the Candidates forums and high school voter registration drives. In a period of 40 years, the LWVRC lobbied the state legislature for improved election laws and sponsored monthly luncheon lectures on issues such as property tax assessment, urban crisis, women and the law and the family court system. Finally, it was consistently active in evaluations of county and city charters in Rensselaer County.

In the 1980s, the LWVRC moved into newer, sometimes more controversial issues. Reapportionment of the county legislature, women and the law, and reproductive rights were some of the newer concerns the LWVRC tackled. The LWVRC also became an integral supporter of the "Bottle Bill" of the early 1980s. In 1983, the organization agreed to store its papers and publications at the Troy Public Library. It received a $4200 grant from the Howard and Bush Foundation in order to prepare "an historical repository of LWVRC papers at the Troy Public Library." At the same time, the LWVRC helped form the Inter-League Organization (ILO) in order to create a coalition of the five local Leagues in the Capital region.

The more recent records are not as complete. However the LWVRC has not wavered in its traditional goals of nonpartisan, educational information for citizens of the Capital region. In 1992, A Citizens' Guide to Governments in Rensselaer County was published under the auspices of the Tema Bellinson Memorial Fund. The publication described the governmental functions for each of the 21 municipal governments of the county (see Series 2). The LWVRC's involvement in welfare issues focused on the needs of children via the Healthy Kids Program with Samaritan Hospital (1994), Bureau of Youth Services and Human Services contracts (1995). Children at risk became a National Junior League focus item in the late 1990s. Members also grew concerned about criminal justice reform and lobbying reform.

The League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County continued to fall in line with the national League by adopting another item agenda the mid 1990s - "Making Democracy Work" (see Series 6, Box 1, Folder 33 and Box 2, Folders 4, 6, and 8). Activities have concentrated on outreach and involvement of the under-served communities in the county, distributing voter education materials, and election information to state agencies such as WIC, day cares, youth programs, food pantries, public housing authorities, and private agencies like the YWCA, TRIP, and Unity House. Two multi-session community meetings of LWVRC members and representatives from these groups have been held to discuss ways to increase voter participation.

The League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County (LWVRC) donated 15 boxes of records to the M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives of the University at Albany Libraries in May 2000. The boxes contained information about the history and activities of the LWVRC since 1939. The collection includes board and general meeting minutes and agendas, treasurers' reports, the results of various studies conducted by the organization, photographs, videos of workshops and debates and audio tapes of oral histories of former members' participation in the League. Publications issued by the League, either locally or nationally, including monthly Bulletins and Calendars, The Voter (a monthly newsletter) and Election and Voter Guides published for local elections, are a valuable part of the collection. Though items in the collection span from 1914 to the present, the bulk of information spans the late 1950s through the 1980s.

The collection is organized into the following series:

All series are arranged chronologically

Irene Wynnyczuk donated all of the materials in this collection to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in 2000 and 2005.

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, The League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County Records, 1914-2008. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 2.20 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Series 1, Administrative Files, includes official documentation of the boards including meeting minutes, agendas, treasurer reports, and correspondence. It contains the board meeting minutes and agendas from 1961 to 2000, but with several gaps in time. The series also contains information about the LWVRC's annual meetings (1966-1999), membership (1942-1998), by-laws and policy, and tax returns (1967-1985), again with several gaps in time.
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1 1Administrative File1914, 1925

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1 2Administrative File1939-1943

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1 3Membership Lists1942-1954, 1976-1978

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1 4Administrative File1943-1944

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1 5Administrative File1944-1945

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1 6Administrative File1945-1946

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1 7Administrative File1946-1947

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1 8By-Laws, with Revisions1946-1982

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1 9Administrative File1947-1948

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1 10Administrative File1948-1949

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1 11Administrative File1949-1950

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1 12Administrative File1950-1951

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1 13Administrative File1951-1952

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1 14Newspaper Album1951-1954

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1 15Administrative File1952-1953

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1 16Budget1952-1970

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1 17Administrative File1953-1954

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1 18Administrative File1954-1955

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1 19Administrative File1955-1956

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1 20Administrative File1956-1957

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1 21Administrative File1957-1958

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1 22Administrative File1958-1959

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1 23Administrative File1959-1960

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1 24Administrative File1960-1961

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1 25Administrative File1961-1962

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1 26Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas1961-1962, 1965, 1972-1973

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1 27Administrative File1962-1963

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1 28Administrative File1963-1964

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1 29Membership - Tea1964

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1 30Administrative File1964-1965

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1 31Administrative File1965-1966

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1 32-34Annual Meeting Programs1966, 1973-2008

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1 35Administrative File1966-1967

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1 36Administrative File1967-1968

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1 37Tax Returns1967-1985

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1 38Administrative File1968-1969

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2 1-2Administrative File1969-1970

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2 3Administrative File1970-1971

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2 4Administrative File1971-1972

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2 5Budget and Treasurer's Report1971-1987

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2 6Administrative File1972-1973

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2 7Membership Directories1972-1973, 1979-1981, 1995-1998

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2 8Administrative File1973-1974

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2 9Administrative File1974-1975

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2 10Administrative File1975-1976

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2 11Administrative File1976-1977

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2 12Administrative File1977-1978

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2 13Membership, Joining LWVRC1977-1979, 1997-1999

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2 14Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas1978-1981

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2 15Administrative File1978-1979

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2 16Administrative File1979-1980

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2 17Administrative File1980-1981

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2 18Administrative File1981-1982

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2 19Administrative File1982-1983

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2 20Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas1982-1983, 1985

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2 21Administrative File1983-1984

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2 22Administrative File1984-1987

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2 23Administrative File1990-2000

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2 24Non-Partisan Policy1992-1993

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2 25Board Meetings and Agendas1993-1996

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2 26Budget and Treasurer Reports1993-1997

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2 27Administrative File1993-2008, Undated

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2 28Former Presidents1994, 1997, Undated

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2 29Resolution Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage1995

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2 30Certificate of Merit1996

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2 31Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas1997

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2 32Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas1998

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2 33Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas1999-2000

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2 34Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas2000-2002

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3 1Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas2004

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3 2Administrative File2004-2005

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3 3Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas2005

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3 4Administrative File and Membership List2006

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3 5Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas2006

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3 6Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas2007
Quantity: 1.20 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Series 2 includes League publications, both local and national. Like all of the projects described in the administrative history, the League sought to educate and inform the voting public about government and policy in Rensselaer County, New York State, and to a smaller extent, the United States. Publications include a series of pamphlets about specific elections, voting in general, registration facts and candidates. In addition, the collection includes histories about the League and Carrie Chapman Catt, the League's founder. Bulletins from 1942-1990 are also included. The Bulletins were usually monthly and included up-to-date information about League activities. Letters from the Presidents, calendars of events, future and current goals, and projects and legislation of interest were often part of the information included in the Bulletin. Ten years worth of the League's newsletter, The Voter are also part of the series, along with Election Bulletins of the 1940s, and Voter's Bulletins of the 1950s and 1960s. The LWVRC also put out their own publications about local issues including "Troy - Your City," Trojans, Know Your School, Up the Ladder: A Study of Anti-Poverty in Rensselaer County in 1952, 1955 and 1968 respectively.
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1 1 Bulletin 1942

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1 2 Bulletin 1943

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1 3 Bulletin 1944

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1 4 Bulletin 1945

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1 5 Bulletin 1946

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1 6 Bulletin 1947

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1 7 Bulletin 1948

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1 8 Bulletin 1949

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1 9 Bulletin 1950

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1 10 Bulletin 1951

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1 11 Bulletin 1952

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1 12"Troy-Your City"1952

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1 13 Bulletin 1953

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1 14 Bulletin 1954

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1 15 Bulletin 1955

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1 16 Bulletin 1956

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1 17 Bulletin 1957

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1 18 Bulletin 1957

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1 19 Bulletin 1957

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1 20"Carrie Chapman Catt: The Power of an Idea"1958

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1 21 Bulletin 1958

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1 22 Bulletin 1959

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1 23"Forty Years of a Great Idea: League of Women Voters United States"1960

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1 24 Bulletin 1961

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1 25 Bulletin 1962

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1 26 Bulletin 1963

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1 27 Bulletin 1964

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1 28 Bulletin 1965

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1 29 Bulletin 1966

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1 30 Bulletin 1967

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1 31"Up the Ladder: A Study of Anti-Poverty in Rensselaer County"1968

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1 32 Bulletin 1968

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1 33 Bulletin 1969

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1 34Day Care: Community Challenge and Responsibility1969

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1 35Report on Housing in Rensselaer County1970

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1 36 Bulletin 1970

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1 37 Bulletin 1971

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1 38 Bulletin 1972

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1 39 Bulletin 1973

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1 40 Bulletin 1974

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1 41 Bulletin 1975

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1 42 Bulletin 1976

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1 43 Bulletin 1977

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1 44Local Government1977

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1 45 Bulletin 1978

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1 46 Bulletin 1979

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1 47 Bulletin 1980

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1 48 Bulletin 1981

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1 49 Bulletin 1982

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1 50 Bulletin 1983

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1 51"A Great Idea through the Years: 1920 to Present"1984

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1 52 Bulletin 1984

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1 53 Bulletin 1985

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1 54 Bulletin 1986

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1 55 The Voter 1986-1988

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1 56 Bulletin 1987

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1 57Easy-to-READ Voter Registration Facts Pamphlets1988

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1 58In League: League of Women Voters of the United States1989

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1 59 The Voter 1989-1991

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1 60 Bulletin 1990

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1 61 The Voter 1992-1995

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1 62A Citizen's Guide to Local Governments in Rensselaer County1993-1995

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1 63"Action in Albany"1994-1997

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1 64"Getting into the Issues: Your Guide to the 1996 Elections"1996

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2 1 The Voter 1996-1999

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2 2 The National Voter 1997

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2 3Candidates for Office in Rensselaer County1997

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2 4Election 1997 Brochures1997

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2 5Voting in General1997-1998

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2 6 The Voter 2000-2003

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2 7 The Voter 2004-2006

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2 8"A Report to the Nation on the Activities of the League of Women Voters of the United States"Undated
Quantity: 0.90 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Series 3, Rensselaer County Government, provides a chronological record of the League's activities concerning the county government from 1952 to 1982. Some of the subject areas include apportionment, the charter, economic development, fair campaign practices and lobbying. The series contains materials on Know Your Rensselaer County, an effort by the LWVRC to bring awareness to Rensselaer County residents about the county government and electoral process within the county. The LWVRC has been involved in this effort since the 1940s, surveying and evaluating the status of the county government and its projects at any given time. The League was especially interested in public health (tuberculosis in particular), children's services, and the county's welfare administration in the 1940s. However, its interests also included jury selection, election participation, population, economy and local history. In the 1960s, the LWVRC began drafting Know Your Rensselaer County, which provided a portrait of the county's various departments, elected offices, and public projects. In 1972, county voters passed a charter-form of government. As a result, the League would become a sort of "watchdog" group for the implementation and execution of the goals of the charter, as will be seen in Series 6. By 1992, the LWVRC published the Rensselaer County Government Workbook as part of its review of the charter. It also expressed the League's position, supporting the County Charter. The purpose of the workbook was to "share information about the County Charter with students and teachers of High School Participation in Government classes as part of the Bicentennial Commission's Education Program."
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1 1 Know Your Rensselaer County ca. 1943

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1 2Rensselaer County Government1952

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1 3Rensselaer County Government1953

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1 4Rensselaer County Government1954

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1 5Economic Characteristics of Rensselaer Countyca. 1955

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1 6Rensselaer County Government1955

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1 7Rensselaer County Government1956

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1 8Rensselaer County Government1958

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1 9Rensselaer County Government1961

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1 10-11Know Your Rensselaer County Draft on Government, Services, and History1965

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1 12Know Your Rensselaer County Draft on Education Sections and Private Agencies1965

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1 13 Know Your Rensselaer County 1965

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1 14Rensselaer County Government1966

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1 15Rensselaer County Government1968

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1 16Commission on Economic Opportunity1968

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1 17 Know Your Rensselaer County 1968

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1 18Rensselaer County Government, Court Ruled Apportionment1968

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1 19Rensselaer County Government1969

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Oversized 21Charter Study1970

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1 20Rensselaer County Government, Budget1970

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1 21Rensselaer County Government, Charter Study1970

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1 22Local Governments in Rensselaer County: Towns1970-1971

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Oversized 22Chart Showing the Proposed Form of Government1971

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1 23League of Women Voters Study of the County Charter1971

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1 24Rensselaer County Government, Voters Services1971

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1 25Rensselaer County Government1971

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1 26Rensselaer County Planning and the League of Women Voters' Position1971

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1 27 Know Your Rensselaer County ca. 1972

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1 28Rensselaer County Government, Voters Services1972

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1 29Rensselaer County Government, Action Supporting County Charter1972

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1 30Rensselaer County Government1973

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1 31Rensselaer County Government1975

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1 32Rensselaer County Government1976

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Oversized 12Flyer for the Rensselaer County Charter Referendum1976

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1 33 Know Your Rensselaer County 1977

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1 34Rensselaer County Government1978

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2 1Rensselaer County Government1980

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2 2Rensselaer County Government1982

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2 3Rensselaer County Commission on Economic Development1968-1972

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2 4Rensselaer County Legislature, League of Women Voters Study of Reapportionment1981

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2 5Rensselaer County Legislature, League of Women Voters Position on Reapportionment and Lobbying1982

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2 6Family Court1989

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2 7Rensselaer County Government, History and Mary Stierer's Script for a Skit at a League of Women Voters Membership Meetingca. 1991

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2 8Rensselaer County Government Workbook1991

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2 9-10Rensselaer County Government Workbook1991-1993

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Oversized 14Know Your Rensselaer County, Rensselaer County Government Workbook1991-1993

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2 11Redistricting Rensselaer County Legislature1991-1994

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2 12County Charter Study1991-1995, Undated

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2 13Rensselaer County Budget1993

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2 14Single Member Districts1993

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2 15Court Mandated Study1993

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2 16Statements and Correspondence1993-2002

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2 17Local Government Consolidation Flyer1994

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2 18Rensselaer County Government Workbook1994, 1996-1997

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2 19Rensselaer County Government Quiz1995

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2 20Registration and Voting in Rensselaer County1998

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2 21Redistricting the Rensselaer County Legislature2001

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2 22Lobbying Report Forms2002
Quantity: 1.28 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Series 4, Local Program Studies, includes documentation about the various projects and programs that the LWVRC has taken on. Again focusing on elections and financing, particularly in the schools, the LWVRC provided information to the citizens of the county. Aside from public school related projects, the LWVRC took on apportionment, city planning, land use, criminal justice court reform, human resources development, environment, ERA, health care, housing, international relations, arms control, New York State politics, revenue sharing and reproductive rights.
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1 1Schools1946

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1 2League of Women Voters School Elections1946-1955

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1 3School Financing1953

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1 4School Financing1954

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1 5International Relations, Bricker Amendment1954

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1 6Criminal Justice Court Reform1954-1975

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1 7Know Your Schools, City of Troy1955

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1 8Schools1955

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1 9Know Your Schools1956

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1 10School Financing1956

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1 11Water Resources Study1956-1957, 1964-1965

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1 12School Financing1957

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1 13Individual Liberties, Federal Loyalty Security Program1957

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1 14School Financing1958

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1 15School Financing1959

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1 16City Planning, Troy Urban Renewal1960-1964

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1 17Troy School Budget1961

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1 18Water Pollution Study1966-1970

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1 19Water Resources1964-1965

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1 20Parks and Recreation in Rensselaer County1964-1971

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1 21Apportionment1964-1968, Undated

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1 22National League of Women Voters, Development of Human Resources, Education and Employment1965-1967

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1 23International Relations, Trade1965-1970

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1 24Hudson River Basin Study1966

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1 25League of Women Voters of the United States, School Elections1966-1970

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1 26New York State Constitution1966-1970

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1 27OEO/CEO Study/Support1966-1972

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1 28School Lunches in Troy Schools1967, 1971-1973

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1 29Development of Human Resources, Education and Employment Local Study1967-1968

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Oversized 17Development of Human Resources, Education and Employment1967-1968

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2 1Development of Human Resources, Local Study, Education and Up the Ladder Publication1968-1969

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2 2Electoral College Study1968-1970

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2 3International Relations, China1968-1970

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2 4Solid Waste Management1968-1984

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2 5Development of Human Resources, Housing in Rensselaer County1968-1970

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2 6Housing1969

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2 7International Relations, Foreign Economic Policy1969

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2 8Development of Human Resources, Day Care Council1969

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2 9Development of Human Resources, Education1969

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2 10International Relations, Foreign Policy1969-1970

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2 11School Financing1970

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2 12Development of Human Resources, Up the Ladder Update1970

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2 13Land Use County Planning Study1970-1971

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2 14Development of Human Resources, Alternatives to Welfare1970-1971

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2 15League of Women Voters Election Law Study1970-1972

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2 16Housing, Urban Renewal1970-1977

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2 17Home Rule, Washington DC1971

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2 18Know Your Schools1971

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2 19Environmental Quality, Clear Air1971

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2 20League of Women Voters of the United States, School Elections1971

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2 21Government, Study of Congress1971-1972, Undated

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Oversized 15School Lunch, Troy1971-1973

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Oversized 16School Elections1972

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2 22Voters Service, School Elections1972

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2 23ILO, Regional Planning1972

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2 24Schools1972

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Oversized 19ILO, Regional Planning1972

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2 25School Financing1972-1973

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2 26Development of Human Resources, Welfare Reform1972-1977

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Oversized 23Revenue Sharing1973-1974

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2 27Revenue Sharing1973-1974

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2 28Equal Rights Amendment1973-1979

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2 29Property Tax1974-1980, 1983, Undated

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3 1Property Tax1974-1980, 1983, Undated

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3 2Equal Rights Amendment, New York State Constitutional Amendment1975

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3 3Health Care in Rensselaer County1973-1974

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3 4League of Women Voters of the United States, School Elections1973-1976

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3 5School Financing1974-1975

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3 6Know Your Schools1975

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3 7New York State Legislature Study1975-1976

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3 8School Financing1976

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3 9International Relations, United Nations Study1976-1977

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3 10Energy1977

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Oversized 18Energy1977

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3 11State Government Initiative and Referendum1977-1979

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3 12School Financing1977

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3 13Coastal Management I.L.O. Project1977

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3 14Rensselaer County Open Meeting Law Observer Corps1978-1979

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3 15New York State Election Law1978-1983

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3 16Human Resources Update, including Legal Services1980-1981

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3 17School Financing1981

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3 18School Financing1982

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3 19New Federalism1982

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3 20Reproduction Rights1982

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3 21Women and the Law1982

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3 22National Security, Arms Control1983-1986

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3 23Solid Waste Management1985-1987

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3 24Local Study, Single Member Legislature Districts in Rensselaer County1990

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3 25Correspondence, General1992

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3 26Proposed Ref-Fuel Incinerator on Green Island1995

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3 27Financing Education Consensus1997

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3 28Balancing Justice in New York State2000-2001

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3 29Balancing Justice in New York State2003

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3 30Voting Machines2006

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3 31Financing Education and Charter School Consensus2006

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3 32Land UseUndated
Quantity: 0.85 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Series 5, Troy Government, is similar to Series 3 in that the documents provide a chronological account of the LWVRC's involvement in the affairs of Troy's government. The series contains material about the Troy City Charter as the LWVRC has been involved in the oversight and development of Troy's charter since the 1950s. In more recent times, the League has been involved in charter campaigns and revisions, examining the role of the mayor and developing questionnaires about how to improve the city's charter.
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1 1Troy Government1939

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1 2Troy Government1949

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1 3Troy Government1953

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1 4Troy Government1955

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1 5Troy Government1956

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1 6City Charter1956

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1 7Troy Government1957

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1 8Troy Government1958

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1 9Troy Government1959

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1 10City Charter1959

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1 11City Charterca. 1960

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1 12Troy Government1960

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1 13Troy Government1961

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1 14Troy Government1962

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1 15Troy Government1963

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1 16Troy Government1964

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Oversized 110Map of Troy's Seven City Council Districts1964

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1 17Troy Government1965

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1 18Troy Government1966

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1 19Troy Government1967

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1 20Troy Government1968

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1 21Troy Government1969

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Oversized 111Petition to the City Council1969

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1 22City Charter Questionnaire1970

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1 23Troy Government1970

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1 24City Charter1971

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1 25Troy Government1972

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1 26Troy Government1973

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1 27Troy Government1974

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1 28City Charter1975

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1 29Troy Government1976

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1 30City Charter1976

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1 31City Charter, Questionnaire1976

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1 32City Charter, Guide for League of Women Voters' Questionnaire1976

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2 1Troy Government, includes Personnel Management/Affirmative Action Study1977

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2 2Troy Government1978

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2 3Troy Government1979

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2 4City Charter, Revision Commission1979-1980

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2 5City Charter, Media1980

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2 6City Charter, Study1980

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2 7City Charter, Study on Transparencies1980

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2 8Troy Government1980

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2 9City Charter1980-1982

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2 10Troy Government1981

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2 11Troy Government1982

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2 12Troy Government1984

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2 13Statement to the City of Troy Planning Board on behalf of Unity House1989-1990

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2 14City Charter1992

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2 15City Charter, Role of the Mayor1992-1993

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2 16City Charter Study1992-1993

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2 17City Charter Revision1993

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2 18League of Women Voters Against a Strong Mayor Referendum1994

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2 19City Charter1994

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2 20City Charter and Abolishing the Bureau of Police1995

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2 21City Council, League of Women Voters Statements on Budget1995

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2 22Troy Council/Charter1996

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2 23Troy Charter1998

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2 24Troy Government and Redistricting2001

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2 25Troy Charter2004
Quantity: 1.60 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Series 6 contains information about Voter Services. Voter Services is the League's most active program, whereby they register people to vote, sponsor election debates, publish literature about candidates and citizens' rights as voters, and oversee the local electoral process in hopes of keeping the process fair and the citizenry well-educated about their rights and responsibilities as voters. This series contains various oversized items, including the League's Election and Voter Guides that were often published as supplements in the local papers. The League advocated high school students' participation in local elections and permanent personal registration. They were also involved in the Troy Housing Authority, Troy Public Library, and Rensselaer School elections. Activities ranged from voter registration, to candidate questionnaires to flyers and pamphlets that provided basic information about voting and the candidates.
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1 1Voters Service1943-1949

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1 2Voters Service1950-1955

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1 3Permanent Personal Registration1956-1958

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1 4Voters Service1956-1960

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1 5Voters Service1961-1965

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Oversized 112Map of Troy's Seven City Council Districts1961-1965

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Oversized 113Registration Poster1966-1967

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1 6Voters Service1966-1967

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1 7Permanent Personal Registration1966-1967

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1 8Voters Service1968-1969

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Oversized 24Voter's Guides, Flyers, and Election Ballot1968-1969

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Oversized 25Flyers and Absentee Voter's Ballot1970

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Oversized 26Flyers, Absentee Voter's Ballot, and Newspaper Article1971

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1 10Voters Service1971

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1 11Voters Service1972

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Oversized 27Voter's Guide, Absentee Voter's Ballot, and a Newspaper Article about the Election1972

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1 12Judicial Ethics of Judicial Candidates1972-1975

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1 13Flyers and Pamphlets1972-1986

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1 14High School Registration1973

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Oversized 28Various Local Newspapers Offering Election Guides and Facts1973

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1 15Voters Service1974-1975

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Oversized 114Voters Guide Newspapers1974-1975

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1 16Voters Service1976

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1 17Candidates Questionnaire1976-1986

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1 18Voters Service1977

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Oversized 29Questionnaire prepared by the LWVRC and Answered by East Greenbush Candidates1977

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Oversized 210Election Guide1978-1979

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1 19Voters Service1978-1979

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1 20Facts for Voters1978-1986

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1 21Speakers1979-1980, 1983-1984

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1 22Voters Service1980-1983

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1 23Candidate Forums1981-1989

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1 24Polling Places and Enrollment Information1983-1984

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1 25General Planning1983-1986

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1 26"Easy to Read Voter Registration Facts for New York State1984

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1 27Candidates Meeting, School Board1984-1985

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1 28Voters Service1984

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Oversized 211Election Guide1984-1986

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1 29Voter Registration1984-1998

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1 30Correspondence1985-1986

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1 31Voters Service1987-1988

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1 32Flyers and Pamphlets1988-2005

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1 33Making Democracy Work Committee1990

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1 34Troy Public Library Forum and Election1990

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1 35Voters Service1990

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1 36Troy Housing Authority Elections1992

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1 37Voting in Rensselaer County, College Students1992

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1 38High School Participation in Government Local Elections1993

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1 39Voters Service1993

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Oversized 115Voter's Guide1993

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1 40Voters Service1994

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2 1Voters Service1995

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2 2Rensselaer County Election Results1995-1996

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2 3Governing at the Grassroots Conference1996

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2 4Making Democracy Work Committee1996-1997

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2 5League of Women Voters Skit for Literary Volunteers Program1997

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2 6Making Democracy Work Committee1998

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2 7Voter Guide1999

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2 8Making Democracy Work Committee1999

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Oversized 212Voter's Guide1999

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2 9Voters Service2001

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2 10Voters Service2004

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2 11Electronic Voting in New York State2005-2006, Undated

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2 12Voters Service2007
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Arranged chronologically.
Series 7, Subject Files, consists of a more general and broader overview of the LWVRC's programs and activities. The series contains newspaper clippings from 1974 to 1993 on issues surrounding politics and schools, county apportionment, human resources, financing public higher education, investment in developing countries, the New York State Budget Process, public health, redistricting, Troy housing and Troy police court.
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1 1League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County Chapter History1923, 1938, 1964, Undated

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1 2Tema Bellinson Memorial1955, 1970, 1994

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1 3National Study, Investment in Developing Countries1963

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1 4State Study, Reapportionmentca. 1964

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1 5County Study, Human Resources1968

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1 6Correspondence aboutUp the Ladder1969

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1 750th Anniversary of the Founding of the League Women Voters of the United States1970

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1 8Air Pollution Consensus Conducted by National League Women of Voters1971

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1 9Troy Housing1973

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1 10Local Government in New York Stateca. 1974

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1 11Clippings about Politics1974-1992

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1 12Clippings about the League of Women Voters in General1974-1993

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1 13Miscellaneous1977-1978, Undated

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1 14Howard and Bush Proposal1980-1981

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1 15County Apportionment1980-1986

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1 16Public Meeting, Federal Tax Reform Proposals1985

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1 17Recycling Speaker1987

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1 18-19Student League of Voters at Russell Sage College, an Affiliate of League of Women Voters1989-1998, Undated

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1 20Redistricting/Reapportionment1991-1992

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1 21New York State Budget Process, Background Material1992

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1 22New York State Budget Process, "Budget Watch"1992

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1 23New York State Budget Process, Committee and Meeting Notes1992

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1 24New York State Budget Process, Consensus Questions1992

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1 25New York State Budget Process, State Board Reports1992

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1 26New York State Budget Process, State Committee Notes1992

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1 27New York State Budget ProcessThe Voter1992

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1 28Troy Police Court1993

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1 29Public Health1994

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2 1Mobilization for Our Children, State Communities Aid Association1995

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2 2Local Government Conference1996 January 12-1996 January 13

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2 3Financing Public Education1996

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2 4State Commission on the Capital Region1996

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2 5New York State Constitutional Convention Correspondence1997

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2 6Financing Public Higher Education1997-1999

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2 7Archives in the Troy Public Library1998

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2 8Informations and Nominations Sent to League of Women Voters of New York State2002-2008
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Arranged chronologically.
Series 8 is made up of audio/visual tapes. There are 5 VHS tapes (1995-1997). In 1995, the League hosted a panel discussion on environmental issues. In 1996, it hosted a public information meeting on financing education and a workshop on the 1996 election. In 1997, it hosted a candidates' forum and a meet the candidates' panel. In addition, the series also includes a 7.5 speed dual track reel of a discussion between Beulah Bailey Thull, the LWVRC's first president, and Mary Stierer, LWVRC president from 1969-71 concerning the city manager form of government, Troy politics and history, the suffrage movement and voter registration. The discussion was for Paul Flanigan's radio show (WTRY) in 1970. There are also 2 UCA60 videocassettes about the 1980 election for Troy mayor. Finally the series contains 3 60-minute audiotapes labeled the "History Project." Taped in 1982, the cassettes are interviews with Ruth Binder, Eva Levy and Mary Stierer, past League leaders.
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Reel 1Beulah Bailey Thull and Mary Stierer, two Presidents of the LWVRC, discuss Troy Government1970

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Video-Tape 1-2"Election 80 - Mayor or Manager for City of Troy"1980

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Cassette 1LWVRC History Project, Ruth Binder1982 August 05

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Cassette 2LWVRC History Project, Eva Levy1982 August 10

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Cassette 3LWVRC History Project, Mary Stierer1982 August 23

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Video-Tape 3Untitled Videotape1995 October 26

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Video-Tape 4Public Info. Meeting on Financing Education1996 March 28

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Video-Tape 5Getting Into Issues - 1996 Election"1996 September 24

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Video-Tape 6Election 1997, Candidates Forum for County Clerk, District Attorney, and County Executive1997 October 08

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Video-Tape 7Meet the Candidate, Troy Council1997 October 23