Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
League of Women Voters (Saginaw, Mich.) Organizational records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: League of Women Voters (Saginaw, Mich.) Organizational records
Creator: League of Women Voters (Saginaw, Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1912, 2000
Extent: 1 cubic foot (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks, publications, miscellaneous, lists of officers, newspaper clippings (copies), convention programs, and other materials.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

League of Women Voters (Saginaw, Mich.) Organizational records are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

League of Women Voters (Saginaw, Mich.) Organizational records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Collection organized alphabetically and chronologically.


History

Organizational History:

The Saginaw County League of Women Voters (LWV) was organized at the Saginaw County Fair on October 25, 1919 in the Saginaw Equal Suffrage Association’s booth. A driving force behind its organization was Mrs. Ida Rust MacPherson of Saginaw, Michigan.

Among the LWV’s many activities were: marking ballots; World Peace; better milk inspection; support of the Child Labor Amendment or Sheppard-Towner Bill; better child care; and education of people about general citizenship, political candidates, and their towns. The LWV published newsletters for the Saginaw chapter and Mich. state chapter. The LWV is still active today on local, state, and national levels. The Saginaw chapter is now called LWV (Saginaw, Mich.). (This information is from Bulletin, Mich. LWV, March 1930, Vol. VIII, No. 3, pp. 1-2 in the collection. )

Biography:

Born on May 7, 1881, Mrs. Ida Rust Macpherson was a Saginaw native. As a student Ogontz (Delta County, Michigan), she attended suffrage meeting which several national leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement attended. In 1912, Anna Howard Shaw spoke in Saginaw about suffrage. Her words prompted Mrs. Macpherson into active service with the movement on a local level beginning that same year. She also served as State Finance Committee Chair (1913-1919).

When Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt suggested forming a national LWV at the St. Louis Conference of 1919, Mrs. Macpherson immediately worked to establish the local Saginaw County LWV, eventually serving as its chair. She also helped to find financing for the local LWV and worked to accomplish many LWV goals.

In 1927, Mrs. Macpherson’s health forced her to relocate to California. The Saginaw Co. LWV then elected her Honorary President. In California, she became advisor to the newly formed Glendale, California, LWV. She became a national delegate, attending the International Alliance for Suffrage and Equal Citizenship in Berlin in August 1929. Mrs. Macpherson died in April 1973. (This information is from Bulletin, Mich. LWV, March 1930, Vol. VIII, No. 3, pp. 1-2 in the collection and the Social Security Death Index.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes Bulletins (newsletters) of the Saginaw chapter, 1921-1933, and Michigan chapter, 1923-1926; By-laws, undated; correspondence between the state and Saginaw chapters, 1922-1935, undated; miscellaneous; information on various topics of interest to the chapter, 1919-1930s, undated; lists of officers, undated, and activities, 1928-29 and 1932; meeting minutes, mostly of the Executive Board, November 1, 1925-April 26, 1935; newspaper clippings (photocopies of individual clippings and scrapbook pages), 1924-1945. A few photographs are also in the scrapbooks.

A few LWV Michigan items are also included, such as Annual Convention Programs, 1926, 1938, and 1942; miscellaneous; list of officers, undated; and scattered meeting minutes of the Board of Directors, 1933-1935 and 1941.

Processing Note: Duplicates and publications of the LWV (U.S.) were withdrawn. The Scrapbook on Suffrage was extremely acidic and nearly its entire contents were loose and brittle. All clippings were photocopied and the contents were removed from the volume and placed into folders. Other loose newspaper clippings from other scrapbooks were also photocopied.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • League of Women Voters (Saginaw, Mich.)
    • League of Women Voters (Mich.)
    • Mcpherson, Ida Rust.
    • Voting--United States.
    • Suffrage--United States.
    • Women--Michigan--Saginaw--Societies and clubs.
    • Women in politics--United States--Societies, etc.
    • Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States.
    • Women's rights--United States.
    • Saginaw (Mich.)--History.
    • Saginaw (Mich.)--Politics and government.
    • Saginaw County (Mich.)--History.
    • Saginaw County (Mich.)--Politics and government.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    League of Women Voters (Saginaw, Mich.) Organizational records. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Annual Reports, 1931/1933, 1933/1934, 1934/1935
    Box   1 F   2
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Bulletins, Loose Michigan and Saginaw Chapters, published by LWV (Saginaw, Mich.), 1923-1933 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   3
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Bulletins, Scrapbook, Saginaw, 1921-1923; Michigan Scrapbook, 1923-1926, 1921-1926
    Box   1 F   4
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Bulletins, Scrapbook, Saginaw, 1926-1930
    Box   1 F   5
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), By-laws, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Correspondence, February 1922-May 1935, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Delegate Ribbons and Membership Card, undated; Lectures Advertisement, 1926, 1926, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Draft of LWV History, Miscellaneous Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re, Equal Rights Amendment, 1934
    Box   1 F   10
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, International Cooperation Presentation, 1940
    Box   1 F   11
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Jury System, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, LWV, 1926-1928
    Box   1 F   13
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, New Voters Treasure Hunt, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Permanent Voter Registration, 1932
    Box   1 F   15
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Saginaw Branch of the Woman's Farm and Garden Association, 1931-1932
    Box   1 F   16
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Saginaw City Planning and Health Department, 1930s
    Box   1 F   17
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Saginaw Community Chest, previously the Welfare League, 1919, 1923, 1938
    Box   1 F   18
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Saginaw Council on International Relations [Carrie Chapman Catt, speaker], 1925
    Box   2 F   1
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Saginaw Recreation Department, 1931-1932, 1940, 1944
    Box   2 F   2
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Saginaw Schools (Includes maps), circa 1939
    Box   2 F   3
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Information re:, Taxes, 1935
    Box   2 F   4
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), List of Activities, 1928/1929, 1932
    Box   2 F   5
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), List of Officers, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Meeting Minutes (includes reports) of the Executive Board, November 1, 1925-October 5, 1927
    Box   2 F   7
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Meeting Minutes (includes reports) of the Executive Board, October 27, 1933-April 26, 1935
    Box   2 F   8
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Meeting Minutes (No I.D.), November 6, 1929
    Box   2 F   9
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 1 of 11), 1923
    Box   2 F   10
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 2 of 11), 1924
    Box   2 F   11
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 3 of 11), 1925
    Box   2 F   12
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 4 of 11), 1926
    Box   2 F   13
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 5 of 11), 1927
    Box   2 F   14
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 6 of 11), 1928
    Box   2 F   15
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 7 of 11), 1929
    Box   2 F   16
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 8 of 11), 1930
    Box   2 F   17
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 9 of 11), 1931
    Box   2 F   18
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 10 of 11), 1932
    Box   2 F   19
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies) (folder 11 of 11), 1933
    Box   2 F   20
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1940
    Box   2 F   21
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Save Our Babies (Broadside), circa 1920
    Box   2 F   22
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Scrapbook (copies), October 1924-June 1925
    Box   2 F   23
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Scrapbook (copies), September 1925-January 1927
    Box   2 F   24
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Scrapbook on Suffrage and LWV (International, national, Michigan, Saginaw, and various states) (folder 1 of 2) [possibly the property of Ida MacPherson?], 1912-1945
    Box   2 F   25
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Saginaw, Mich.), Scrapbook on Suffrage and LWV (International, national, Michigan, Saginaw, and various states) (folder 2 of 2) [possibly the property of Ida MacPherson?], 1912-1945
    Box   2 F   26
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Michigan), Organizational History, From Webpage, 2000
    Box   2 F   27
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Michigan), Annual Convention Programs, 1924, 1926, 1938, 1942; Agenda, 1933, 1924, 1926, 1938, 1942; 1933
    Box   2 F   28
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Michigan), Good Citizenship Bonds 92), undated; Membership Card, 1934; Lectures Advertisement, 1924, 1924, 1934, undated
    Box   2 F   29
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Michigan), List of Officers, undated
    Box   2 F   30
    League of Women Voters (LWV) (Michigan), Meeting Minutes (includes Reports) of the Board of Directors, 1933-1935, 1941 (Scattered)