ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 980
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
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Scope and Contents: The collection consists of the organizational records of the Independent Women's Organization, which was founded during the late 1930s and early 1940s, and consisted of Louisiana women anxious to eliminate government corruption. In particular, they initially organized to support the anti-Huey P. Long gubernatorial candidate, Sam Houston Jones, moving on to advocate issues such as public integration and governmental reform. The collection contains bylaws, membership lists, attendance records, lists of officers and directors, correspondence, meeting notes, and Louisiana Legislator's contact information (1976-1980). Also of interest is material from the deLesseps Morrison mayoral campaign, which the Independent Women's Organization fully supported, accusing the incumbent, Robert Maestri, of being corrupt and ineffective. They registered four thousand new women voters and Morrison won the election by just about the same amount of votes.