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Independent Voters of Ohio / Americans for Democratic Action, Cincinnati Chapter Records

Identifier: US-77-01

Scope and Content

This collection of Independent Voters of Ohio / Americans for Democratic Action, Cincinnati Chapter records covers the years 1968-1972 and contains a large amount of printed material. This includes a variety of pamphlets and literature on various campaigns and candidates. There is also a number of photographs, maps, and newspaper clippings in the collection. This material is included in the folders under the appropriate subjects.


  • 1968-1972


Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

History of Independent Voters of Ohio/Americans for Democratic Action, Cincinnati Chapter

The Independent Voters of Ohio was founded in 1968 as an independent political action group. The organizers of the I.V.O. had been members of the Eugene McCarthy campaign. In January of 1969, the group voted in a permanent constitution, established a board of directors and established several committees. According to its constitution, the objective of the group was to promote the general welfare by participating in local, state, and national political action to support liberal candidates and issues. In 1969, the I.V.O. was a local political action group with about 150 members. In November of 1971, the I.V.O. began its merger with the national Americans for Democratic Action group.

The Americans for Democratic Action was founded in 1947 by a small group of liberal Democratic politicians, labor leaders, college professors, and journalists. It was formed specifically to exclude Communists from the American progressive and liberal movements. The goals of the A.D.A. included things such as government ownership of housing developments, power projects and utilities. In foreign affairs, the A.D.A. supported a unilateral withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam and an end to the draft. Since its founding in 1947, the A.D.A. has never been very large in number. It has had a maximum membership of about 60,000 people throughout the United States.

In 1971, the I.V.O. worked with the A.D.A. chapters in Dayton, Akron, Cleveland and Columbus to support the state tax campaign. A meeting in November of 1971 between local I.V.O. members, the state chairman and the national directors of A.D.A. resulted in a merged of the I.V.O. and the A.D.A. By early 1972, the I.V.O. had become a local chapter of the A.D.A.. In 1971, A.D.A. had 250 members in Cincinnati, but only 25 of them were also I.V.O. members. By becoming a chapter of the A.D.A., the I.V.O. increased its membership, could get nationally known speakers, and could better coordinate on state and national issues.


2.5 Linear Feet


Records, 1968-1972, including files, minutes, correspondence, membership records, and material on political candidates.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is contained in five boxes. It is chronologically arranged by year at the box level, and arranged by subject at the folder level. The internal organization subject folders are at the beginning of each year, followed by the political activities subjects and then the correspondence folders. The internal organization subjects include Financial Records, Meetings, and I.V.O.-A.D.A. Merger. The political activities subjects include a variety of campaign topics and the Peace Movement. There is little arrangement of items within the folders; however, the correspondence in arranged chronologically within its folders.

Guide to the Independent Voters of Ohio / Americans for Democratic Action, Cincinnati Chapter Records
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Repository Details

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