Written by Kelsey Lamkin, Graduate Assistant
The accretions to the League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Records have been processed. The accretions nearly doubled the size of the original records, and now they are ready for researchers!
The records reveal a great deal about Murfreesboro’s past. Most of the materials are from the 1950s through the 2000s. Included in the records are books, maps, plans, press releases, scrapbooks, and photographs documenting the last half-century of the League. Some items include development plans for Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, along with comprehensive transportation studies and city planning documents.
Local and national elections are represented in the records, of course. Posters, fliers, and debate materials provide insight into the League’s mission of educating the public about political candidates, elections, and the workings of local government. The League’s publications and press releases help citizens understand the power of their vote and their ability to make a difference in their community.
Besides elections, the League also researches and produces material about certain political and social issues, such as public school education and the environment. The Publications series contains documents on natural resources, recycling, and nuclear power, among other issues.
While the League devotes much of its time to the democratic process, women’s issues are at the heart of its mission. The League remains committed to increasing turnout of women to the polls and also elevating them to elected positions. All issues are significant to women, but the records specifically feature materials relating to women, such as reproductive choice and the Equal Rights Amendment. (Click on the images below to view larger)
Visit the Albert Gore Research Center and learn more about the League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro/Rutherford County! Please contact Sarah.Calise@mtsu.edu for access to the updated finding aid.