Jane Yowaiski papers
Scope and Contents
Collection of materials associated with Jane Yowaiski, a prominent and active member of the Democratic Party in St. Mary’s County. The collection contains meeting minutes and newsletters from both the Maryland United Democratic Women’s Club (UDWC) and the Southern Maryland Group of the UDWC; a number of planning materials and correspondence related to the St. Mary’s County 350th Anniversary Committee in 1984; correspondence and other materials related to the activities of the St. Mary’s County Democratic Women’s Club which operated from 1962-1971; correspondence, newsletters, and other materials for the St. Mar’s County Democratic Club which Yowaiski was twice President of and was born out of the St. Mary’s County Democratic Women’s Club; correspondence and election materials relating to a number of both state and county politicians; newspaper clippings and other random documents related to miscellaneous elements of county heritage; and personal documents including pictures albums, a portrait, and materials related to the Hillary Clinton Fan Club.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open without restriction.
Biographical / Historical
Jane Yowaiski was an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party and worked to promote its mission and its candidates in St. Mary’s County. She was a member of several Democratic organizations including the St. Mary’s Women’s Democratic Club, the St. Mary’s Democratic Club, the Maryland United Democratic Women’s Club, and the Southern Maryland Group of the United Democratic Women’s Club. She served as President of the St. Mary’s Democratic Club twice, first from 1972 to 1973 in the organization’s first year of operation, and again from 1982 to 1983. She was awarded the Democrat of the Year for St. Mary’s County award in 2004 by the same organization. She was very involved in campaigning for Democratic candidates and her papers reveal a great deal of correspondence to Maryland governors, Congressional Senators and Representatives, and a number of St. Mary’s County politicians.
Her involvement in politics is perhaps best exemplified by her attendance at every presidential inaugural from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama. The Jane Yowaiski papers give little information relating to her personal life apart from her political activities.
Oral History Interviews from 1987 and 1998 are available on the college's SlackWater Oral History Collection website:
Jane Yowaiski 1987 interview.
Jane Yowaiski 1998 interview.
3.3 Linear Feet (6 boxes (including 1 oversize box) and 1 oversize folder)
Language of Materials
An assortment of papers and records associated with Jane Yowaiski, a prominent and active member of the Democratic Party in St. Mary’s County. Document types include various correspondences, meeting minutes, newsletters, photographs, and newspaper clippings.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by William Yowaiski, the son of Jane Yowaiski, in September of 2014 (2014.09).
The Jane Yowaiski’s papers were processed by Carson Fehner ‘2016 over the course of the Fall 2014 semester at St. Mary’s College of Maryland as part of the Professional Fellowship Program (PFP). Much of the collection was already processed and the original order was preserved.
For the United Democratic Women's Club materials, most of the documents were meeting minutes and related documents and this series was organized by year. The documents for the Democratic Club of St. Mary’s County though showed a much broader range of documents and topics and were organized according to subject. Each politician that Yowaiski had contact with received their own folder in the politicians section. The heritage and personal sections serve as a conglomeration of various documents and photographs she had and vary widely in subject ranging from the Hillary Clinton Fan Club to miscellaneous St. Mary’s County history documents.
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