Series 2
League of Women Voters records, 1950-1960
Box 5, OP 5

Scope and Content Note

Frances Pauley served as President of the Georgia chapter of the League of Women Voters from 1952-1955. Through its program of providing non-partisan, factual information about registration, voting, candidates and issues, the Georgia League (affiliated with the League of Women Voters of the U.S.) sought to promote political responsibility through the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

During Pauley's tenure, the League worked actively against the County Unit System (1952), against the private school amendment to the constitution (1954), the Subversives Activities Bill/Literature Commission Act (censorship), 1953, and for the "Tolerance" pledge, 1952, urging candidates to restrain from making appeals to the racial or religious prejudices of the electorate. In an interview with Frances Pauley (1991), she remarked that Herman Talmadge had paid her the compliment of saying he would have succeeded in establishing the County Unit System "if it hadn't for that damned Frances Pauley!" Similarly, Julian LaRose Harris said of her in a letter dated January 8, 1953, "I have seldom seen an iron hand so effectually masked by a glove so seemingly soft and pliant." (Julian LaRose Harris papers, Box 5:1)

Pauley also fought discrimination within the League itself, striking the bylaw clause restricting membership to whites only, and opening up the League to African-American women.

The series includes correspondence of an organizational nature (1951-1960, no date), financial records, subject files relating to various League campaigns (County Unit System, Open Schools), press releases and printed matter, notes, clippings, collected materials and memorabilia.

Box Folder Content
5 1 Correspondence, 1951-1960, and no date
5 2 Financial records, 1952, and no date
5 3 Conventions, 1953, 1955, and no date
5 4 County unit controversy: Background, 1950, 1952, and no date
5 5 County unit controversy: Printed matter, 1952
5 6 Citizens Against the County Unit Amendment: Printed matter, 1952, and no date
OP1 5 Poster, "Four Steps to dictatorship..." no date
5 7 Open schools campaign: Printed matter, 1954
5 8 Open schools campaign: Flyers, 1954
5 9 Red scare: Related materials, 1952, 1957
5 10 Notes, no date
5 11 Press releases, 1952, 1954, and no date
5 12 Printed matter, 1951, 1954-1955, 1960, and no date
5 13 Georgia Voter, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1958-1960
Clippings
5 14 General, 1948-1957, and no date
5 15 Communism, 1952-1957, and no date
5 16 County unit system, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1961, 1963
5 17 League of Women Voters, 1951-1952, 1955-1956, and no date
5 18 Public schools, 1954, 1956, and no date
5 19 "Tolerance" pledge, 1952, 1954
5 20 Welfare reform, 1952
Collected material
5 21 Desegregation, 1955, 1957, and no date
5 22 "Freedom to Read," T.V. program, 1952, 1957, and no date
5 23 Memorabilia: U.S. Senate Chamber pass, April 24, 1951
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