Guide to the 7/11 Democratic Club, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1968-1981 AIS.1987.11

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
7/11 Democratic Club, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records
Creator
7/11 Democratic Club (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1987.11
Date
1968-1981
Extent
0.88 linear feet (767 items)
Abstract
This collection contains the records of the 7/11 Democratic Club (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for the years 1968-1981 and includes the Club's constitution, executive committee and general membership meeting minutes, membership lists, financial records, newsletters, candidate questionnaires, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia of club activities. These records provide an overview of the Club's organization and activities during this period.

Preferred Citation

7/11 Democratic Club, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1968-1981, AIS.1987.11, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The 7/11 Democratic Club is an independent Democratic club. It was first organized in 1968, and its membership was drawn principally from the 7th and 11th wards of the city of Pittsburgh, Pa. Since then, it has broadened to include members from the 8th, 10th, and 12th wards. Although the 7/11 DemocraticClub is an independent organization, it supports the principles of the Democratic party, with a liberal orientation. The 7/11 Club promotes candidates with strong clear programs, independent of special interests. In its reform activities, the 7/11 Club has sought to make the Democratic party more open and responsive to local voters. The 7/11 Club has also been very active in pursuing neighborhood reform and resolving community problems.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains the records of the 7/11 Democratic Club (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for the years 1968-1981 and includes the Club's constitution, executive committee and general membership meeting minutes, membership lists, financial records, newsletters, candidate questionnaires, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia of Club activities. These records provide an overview of the Club's organization and activities for this period. Both the executive committee and general membership meeting minutes, which include the minutes of the initial organizing meeting and the first public meetings, are sources of information regarding the Club's activities. The financial records provide an account of the Club's expenses for the years 1975-1978. Series VI, File A, the 7/11 Club Newsletter, provides summations of the Club's activities, elections and meetings. Series VI, File B, the 7/11 Club's candidate questionnaires, contain information about local politicians (e.g. Ben Woods and Sophie Masloff, who, in 1988 became mayor upon the death of Richard Caliguiri). Other material in the collection centers around the club's activities i.e., Candidates Day, voter registration, and election campaign work. The material was given in 1987 to the Archives by Richard L. Miller, who had been an active member and Executive Board Member of the 7/11 Democratic Club.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, July 1988

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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard L. Miller, 1987.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David Harner in July 1988.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jennifer Marshall in January 1999. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Notis ID number: AKB5217,

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • 7/11 Democratic Club (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Democratic Party (Pa.).

Genre(s)

  • Constitutions
  • Newsletters
  • Questionnaires

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Politics and government

Subject(s)

  • Political clubs -- Pennsylvania
  • Political parties -- Pennsylvania
  • Politics
  • Societies
  • Societies -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

7/11 Democratic Club, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1968-1981, AIS.1987.11, Archives Services Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Structure 

Scope and Content Notes

Contains different versions of the organizations's constitution, correspondence regarding proposed changes and amendments, 1975,  1978-1979, and draft copies of a new constitution,  1979.

  BoxFolder
Structure    14.0 items 11

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Series  II. Executive Committee, 1968-1979    87.0 items

  Folder
Meeting minutes, 1968-1975, 1978-1979 2

Includes the minutes of the initial organizing meetings in 1968.

  Folder
Committee membership lists 1970-1973, 1973 3

Includes ballots for committee elections during these periods.

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Series  III. Financial Records, 1969, 1977-1978    9.0 items

  Folder
Financial statements from the committee 1969, 1978 4
  Volume
Receipt book of membership dues, March-April 1977 1

Series V, File C

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Series  IV. Committee Work    4.0 items

Scope and Content Notes

Contains reports and recommendations from the 7/11 Issues Committee, 7/11 Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Committee, and the Committee Search Committee.

  Folder
Committee Work 5

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Series  V. Membership, 1969-1981    164.0 items

  Folder
General membership meeting minutes, 1969-1975, 1978-1979 6

Includes the minutes of the first open meeting in January, 1969.

  Folder
General membership lists, 1970, 1973 7

Some of the lists are undated.

  Folder
General membership cards 8

Each card list the member's name, address, telephone number, and the years which the member paid dues, which generally run 1973-1981.

Series III, File B.

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Series  VI. Activities, 1969-1981    473.0 items

  Folder
7/11 Club newsletter, 1969-1981 9

Contains information regarding club elections, meetings, and activities, as well as outside events of interest to the Club.

  Folder
7/11 Club candidate questionnaires, 1975-1979 10

Contains five different questionnaires completed by candidates competing for local positions. The five questionnaires are for: City Council, School Board, Court of Common Pleas, judges, and the Home Rule Commission. Jack Wagner, Ben Woods, and Sophie Masloff are among those who completed questionnaires.

  BoxFolder
7/11 Club ethnic dinner, 1977-1980 211

Contains announcement flyers, tickets, and preparation notes for the annual ethnic dinner. Also includes a notebook and index cards that served as invitation lists, as well as checklists of attendees, many of whom are part of the local Democratic political establishment.

  Folder
Events, 1973-1981 12

Contains memorabilia such as flyers and announcements regarding such club events as Candidates' Day, Home Rule Study awareness campaign, and voter registration.

  Folder
Election campaigns, 1969-1980 13

Contains memorabilia that includes candidate flyers, posters, pamphlets, and 7/11 candidate endorsement cards.

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Series  VII. Publicity, 1970-1979    17.0 items

  Folder
Newspaper clippings, 1970-1978 14

Contains articles dealing with local political topics and local politicians, as well as articles pertaining to 7/11 Club activities.

  Folder
Promotional pieces, undated 15

Contains a pamphlet and a promotional sheet outlining the Club's background and activities.

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