Lynn Cutler Papers

Manuscript Record Series: MsC-48

Lynn Cutler, (1938- ). Papers, (1972-2001). 25.5 linear feet.

Biography

Lynn Cutler was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1938. She attended the University of Illinois from 1955 through 1957, but received her B .A. and M .A. degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in the 1960s. In 1974, she was the first woman to be elected to the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors. She ran unsuccessfully for the United States Congress in the Iowa Third District in 1980 and 1982. In 1981, she was elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D. C. She held that position until 1993. She was a Senior Vice President at The Kamber Group, a communications firm, in Washington, D. C.

Lynn Cutler served as deputy assistant to President Clinton and as senior advisor to the White House chief of staff on Indian Affairs. President Clinton selected her as the permanent White House delegate to the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing. She was elected to the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1998.

Lynn Cutler is now a senior policy advisor in the Chicago office of Holland & Knight, where she works on municipal and Indian tribal matters.

Lynn Cutler has four children and is married to L. Ronald Scheman. More information about her life and professional honors and activities can be found in Boxes 4 and 17.

Papers

This collection provides an excellent look at the Democratic Party during the 1980s and 1990s from the viewpoint of a high-ranking official of that party. The extensive run of official Democratic National Committee correspondence gives a good look at the day-to-day concerns of the Democratic Party during that era. The collection is especially strong on women's issues, a matter of particular interest and concern for Lynn Cutler.

The first two boxes were given to Special Collections by Cutler on August 10, 1992. Among the subjects included are the Democratic National Committee, Jewish Democratic Study Group, voting projects, and Medical Aid to El Salvador.

Box 3 arrived and was added to the collection in December, 1996. The papers within this box focus mainly on the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

Boxes 4 and 5 were received and processed in January, 1997. These boxes contain papers on, among other subjects, the Board of National Endowment for Democracy, the Democratic National Committee, congressional correspondence, political campaigns, and women's issues. Included in Box 5 is a folder containing several photographs of Cutler with other individuals and by herself.

Boxes 6 and 7 arrived in Special Collections on January 31, 1997 and were processed the following month. Included in these boxes are additional documents relating to the Fourth World Conference on Women, the Democratic National Committee, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and the Clinton/Gore campaign. Along with the larger topics are many folders dealing with women and the organizations in which she was involved.

Boxes 7 and 8 arrived March 31, 1997 and were added to the collection April 2, 1997. The materials contained in the boxes focus on topics such as the Fourth World Conference on Women, the Center for Policy Alternatives, scleroderma research, President Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and women's issues. Also included in the boxes are several video tapes, an audio cassette tape, and three photographs of Cutler with well-known individuals in politics. In the folder with speeches by President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton is a photograph of Cutler with the President and Tom Harkin.

Boxes 10 and 11 were received by Special Collections in 2001 and processed 2001.  The box includes such items as her appointment calendar from December 8, 1997 through January, 2000, information from trips to Iowa, political lists, and items on women's issues and Indian Affairs.

Boxes 12-17 were received by Special Collections in October 2005. They were processed in March 2007. About half of this material consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Democratic National Committee. Lynn Cutler either wrote or received most of this correspondence directly. However, there are also copies of correspondence written by or to other members of the organization. The rest of the material consists of information on Lynn Cutler's activities, campaigns, and careers; preparations for the Democratic National Conventions during her term as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee; and matters relating to women and American Indians.

Note to researchers. This collection has been received in a series of shipments over more than ten years. Each shipment has been processed as it arrived with little effort to intergrate earlier and later shipments. Each shipment stands on its own. Consequently, there is considerable overlap between and among the shipments. Until such time as all of the shipments are integrated, researchers should study this entire finding aid in order to find all relevant material.

Box 1

  • Personal and professional appointments and schedules, 1989-1991
  • Telephone logs, January 1991 - May, 1992: list of incoming calls to Ms Cutler's office (with name of caller and purpose of call)
  • Women's Council of the Democratic National Committee, 1984 (group formed to organize women for Democratic participation in 1984 elections): list of donors to this group (with donation amounts and dates of donation); arranged by state
  • Jewish Democratic Study Group: membership list, correspondence, meeting agenda, articles of incorporation, by-laws, statement of purpose, newsclippings, minutes: 1989-1990
  • Democratic Party Platform Committee Hearings, May 10, 1988: testimony from representatives of interest groups speaking about such topics as children, the elderly, civil liberties, education, and women
  • Health Roundtable of the Democratic Business Council, 1987: membership lists, invitations, responses to invitations, correspondence, memos, and agenda relating to roundtable meetings on February 3, March 24, and July 9, 1987

Box 2

  • Voter Participation Project: Voter registration information and planning kit for social agencies, 1986; Report of the Task Force on Barriers to Voting, National Association of Secretaries of State, 1988; Network Notebook of the Voter Participation Program, Democratic National Committee, 1988; Report of the Task Force on Voter Participation, Democratic National Committee, executive summary, 1984; correspondence, memos
  • "Building a Democratic Decade"--guide to the 1990 census and redistricting
  • "Project 500: Resource Guide to the 1990 Elections and the Battle for Control of Redistricting," Democratic National Committee, 1990
  • Children's Project--Medical Aid to El Salvador, 1987-1988: reports, correspondence, newsclippings

Box 3 (added December 1996)

  • Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, 1995: General support documents, memos, papers; Beijing Talking Points Bringing Beijing Home; Current; Fund Raising; Hillary Rodham Clinton's Beijing Speech; Iowa Campaign to Ratify...Elimination of Discrimination against Women; Speeches; Supporting Conferences, 1993-95; UNIFEM; Video: "Cornerstone for the Future: Girls and Young Women"; White House Follow-Up, 1996; Women's Issues--Articles and Clippings, 1991-95; Women's Issues--Literature, 1994-95; Working File
  • Population Initiative and Conferences, 1994

Box 4 (added January 1997)

  • Audio Cassette Tapes: Kathleen Dunn, Hillary Clinton, Lynn Cutler - 3/31/94; "The O'Leary/Kamber Report: Clinton Legal Defense Fund" 1993; "Women's Bureau," Morning Edition, NPR 5/13/94
  • Beijing Conference, 1994
  • Biography
  • Business Women and the Political World: Program Evaluations; Steamboat Conference, 1986
  • Campaign Manuals, 1984
  • Center for Policy Alternatives/Women's Voices: Solutions for a New Economy, 1996
  • Clinton/Gore Campaign Platform, 1996
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Computer Disks
  • Correspondence: Incoming Letters; Out-Going Letters, 1989-1992; Pan-Am Flight, 103, 1993; Personal, 1993; Thank You's
  • Delta Queen Riverboat Contract, 1986
  • Democratic National Committee--Expenditure/Check Requests, 1990-91
  • Democratic National Committee--Members
  • Democratic National Committee Meeting--Cleveland, 1994
  • Democratic National Platform, 1984
  • "Discourse and Its Discontents" by Frederick Schauer
  • Election of 1996
  • Health Care, 1993-1994
  • Health Care--Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research, 1994
  • Inalienable Rights, Fundamental Freedoms--UN Agenda, 1996
  • John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Fellowship,1994
  • Kamber Group

Box 5 (added January 1997)

  • Machine Politics, Sound Bites and Nostalgia, edited by Michael Margolis and John Green
  • Medical Aid for El Salvador's Children's Project, 1988
  • National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, June, 1995
  • National Civilian Community Corps, 1994
  • National Endowment for Democracy: Board Meetings, June 9, 1995; January 24, 1996; March 27, 1996; June 14, 1996
  • National Jewish Democratic Council, 1993-94
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Pax Americas
  • Photographs
  • Project Rapunzel, 1993
  • "Reach Out: Clinton, Congress, and Health Care"--Video 1994
  • Women
  • Women and Development, 1994
  • Women and Families--Clinton's Accomplishments and Agenda, 1996
  • Women in Clinton/Gore 1996 Campaign
  • Women in Politics, 1994 Election
  • Women in the Americas, 1994
  • Women's Business Ownership
  • Women's Conferences/Pre-Conferences
  • Women's Council--Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 1993-94
  • "A World View of Women"
  • On top: Women's Equality Day, 1993 Certificate; Air Force One Flight Certificate and Napkin

Box 6 (added February 1997)

  • Anti-choice Propaganda
  • "Beijing and Beyond: Journalists Look at Women's Issues Into the 21st Century," 1995
  • Brazil and Argentina Trip, 1994
  • Center for Policy Alternatives--National Conference, May 9, 1996
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Clinton/Gore Campaign, 1996
  • Clinton, Hillary Rodham
  • Colorado Women's Foundation, 1994
  • Congressional Spouse List, 1991
  • Crittenton Networking Lunch, 1995
  • Democratic National Committee: General, 1995-96; Lists, 1992; Mailings, 1995; National Democratic Women's Network, 1994-96; Talk Radio, 1996
  • Domestic Violence, 1995
  • EMILY's List Information, 1994
  • EMILY's List Women's Monitor, 1996
  • Fourth World Conference on Women: Correspondence; Department Memos, 1994-95; Draft Platforms; General, 1995; Letter of Invitation to U.S. Delegation, 1995; News Clippings, 1995; Press Coverage, 1995
  • "Framing Identity: The Press in Crown Heights," Dec. 1996
  • IWA List, 1991
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research: General 1996; Research News Reporter and Index, June 1996; Research News Reporter, October 1996 (Research News Reporter, 1996 in Box 7)
  • International Center for Research on Women, Annual Report 1995
  • Latin America, 1994
  • March 5, 10:00 a.m.
  • Message Log, 1996
  • National Endowment for Democracy, 1996
  • President Clinton's Plan for...
  • Pro-Israel PACs
  • Scleroderma Literature, 1994-1996
  • The Sister Fund--"From Backlash to New Vision: Communicating a Broader Vision of the Women's Movement"
  • Summit on Women's Economic Security, 1995
  • Supporting Women and Families: President Clinton's Accomplishments and Agenda, 1996
  • Violence Against Women, Dallas Morning News, 1993
  • Wage Issues, 1994-95
  • White House, June 1996
  • White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach, November 27, 1995
  • On Top: Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1995

Box 7 (added February 1997)

  • Women: Center for Policy Alternatives--Linda, 1995; Commission on the Status of Women--NGO, 1995; General, 1994-95; Polls, 1995; Women's Project (Voting), 1995-96; "Uncommon Women on Common Ground", 1995
  • Women Incorporated
  • Women Leaders Luncheon, December 13, 1995
  • Women's Leadership Forum--Information, 1995
  • Youth Voices Project, 1996
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research--Research News Reporter, 1996

Box 8 (added April 1997)

  • Abortion Access Project
  • Appointment Calendar, 1992
  • Audio Cassette--"Diane Rehm, School Prayer, December 1, 1994"
  • Center for Policy Alternatives: Annual Board Meeting, December 12, 1996; Board Meeting, May 9, 1996; Executive Committee Meeting, September 26, 1996; State of the States for Women and Politics, 1995; Women's Voices, September 24, 1996
  • Clinton, Bill and Hillary Rodham--Speeches, 1995-1997
  • Clinton/Gore Campaign 1996
  • Clinton, Hillary Rodham--Foundation Comments, 1995
  • Correspondence: Personal; White House
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Early Voting--Tennessee
  • El Salvador--U.S. Presidential Observer Delegation to Elections in El Salvador, March 19-21, 1994
  • First Hemispheric Roundtable of Women Leaders, October 6-7, 1994
  • Fourth World Conference on Women: Delegation Briefing Book, 1995; Delegation Meeting , August 7-8, 1995; General; Media Guide, 1995; Remarks and Statements by U.S. Delegates; Talking Points

Box 9 (added April 1997)

  • Fourth World Conference on Women: UNESCO Action for Equality, Development and Peace; White House; World Women
  • Free TV Time for Presidential Candidates, 1996
  • Human Rights in China, 1995
  • International Women's Media Foundation, 1996
  • Machine Politics, Sound Bites and Nostalgia
  • Media Guidebook for Women
  • Miscellaneous
  • NDA Handbook: How Domestic Organizations Monitor Elections
  • New Paradigm Seminars, 1994
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1986-1996
  • Pew Global Stewardship Initiative
  • Photographs
  • Polling, 1996
  • "Population, Development, and the Role of Women"
  • Presidential Transition, 1992
  • Scleroderma Research Foundation
  • Shalala, Donna E.--Speech Given at National Women's Political Caucus Convention, August 5, 1995
  • Tabloids, Talk Radio and the Future of News
  • Video--"Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic Convention, 1996" and "Nightwatch--Term Limits, October 18, 1991"
  • Video--"Lynn Cutler and Company--Crifer and Company"
  • Video--"Democratic Convention, July 13-16, 1992"
  • "Women in the Americas: Participation and Development," April 5-7, 1994
  • Women's and Children's Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program--Leadership Council
  • Women's Leadership Forum, 1995-1996
  • Women's Leadership Issues, 1994

Box 10 (added March 2001)

  • Biographical information
  • Appointment calendar, December 8, 1997-March 31, 1998
  • Appointment calendar, April 1, 1998-January, 2000
  • Waterloo, Iowa trip, April 6, 1999
  • Waterloo, Iowa trip, August 21-27, 1998
  • Iowa background for Vice President's visit, January 2000
  • Vilsack-Pederson inaugural, 1999
  • Presidential Inauguration, 1997
  • Ron Brown Fellowship
  • Iowa Political Lists
  • Political Lists
  • State of the Union Address, January 27, 2000
  • Executive Office of the President telephone director, May 1999
  • Office of the Vice-President staff list
  • America's Millenium
  • America's Commitment: 1999 update
  • America's Commitment: Women 2000
  • NARAL
  • Women's Voices 2000
  • One America in the 21st Century
  • Mississippi Delta: Beyond 2000
  • Regional Differences in Indian Health
  • Tribal Council Contributions to Local Economic Development
  • Lily Centre for Women's Health
  • Morris Udall memorial service, January 16, 1999

Box 11 (added August 2001)

  • Articles
  • Back to Business Committee
  • Celebrity List
  • Center for Policy Alternatives
  • Chicago 3/20
  • Children's Issues
  • Correspondence
  • Counterpoint Summer 1995
  • Democratic National Convention 1992
  • Democratic Women 2000
  • Election 1992
  • Election 1996
  • Enough is Enough
  • Gore 2000
  • HRC-March 8
  • The Impact of Women in Public Office
  • Judy Mann articles
  • List Hollywood (Barbara Bolye Dinner)
  • Middleburg Retreat 1999
  • Miscellaneous
  • Miscellaneous Lists
  • Native Americans
  • Newspapers Articles
  • Photographs
  • Presidential Inaugural 1997
  • Pundits
  • "A Tribute to Jackie"
  • White House Ceremony for the Signing of the Israel-Palestinian Agreement, September 13, 1993
  • Whitewater
  • Women and Politics
  • 1992 Women's C-G Steerling
  • Women's Proposal
  • Women's Research
  • Women Stats-Pre 1988 Political
  • Women's Voices 2000

Boxes 12-14 contain correspondence. There is a very limited quantity of correspondence from 1972 through 1980, the period of time before Lynn Cutler was elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. The volume of correspondence increases dramatically after that election. The correspondence in these boxes relates primarily to Lynn Cutler's duties and responsibilities as Vice Chair. There are letters and memos about policy, conferences, campaigns, appointments, news, and social and political gatherings. There are also occasional clippings and news articles in these files. Correspondents include major Democratic elected officials at the local, state, and national levels. Correspondence is again limited from the time after Lynn Cutler's service as Vice Chair ended in 1993.

 

Box 12

Correspondence, 1972 -April 1986

 

Box 13

Correspondence, May 1986-October 1989

 

Box 14

Correspondence, November 1989-1997

 

Box 15

  • Democratic National Convention, 1980, Platform Committee report
  • Democratic National Convention, 1984, convention book
  • Democratic National Convention, 1992, delegate tracking
  • Democratic National Convention, 1992, Women's Caucus
  • Democratic National Convention, 1996
  • Lynn Cutler travel information, Ohio-Texas
  • Lynn Cutler trip to Iowa and Minnesota, October 30-November 1, 1983
  • Democratic National Committee Vice Chair election campaign, 1981
  • Democratic National Committee Vice Chair election campaign, donor thank you letters, 1984
  • Democratic National Committee Vice Chair election campaign, 1985
  • Democratic National Committee Vice Chair election campaign, 1989
  • Democratic National Committee reports, 1985
  • Democratic National Committee press releases, 1984
  • Lynn Cutler testimony before Democratic National Committee Platform Committee, March 27, 1984
  • National Conference of Democratic Mayors, 1983
  • Democratic Party National Strategy Council, 1983
  • The Clinton Contrast--a sourcebook; Democratic National Committee Communications and Research, May 6, 1992
  • Vice President Al Gore, speeches and announcements
  • President Clinton's trip to Arkansas, December 10, 1999

 

Box 16

 

  • " . . . To form a more perfect union . . . "; Justice for American Women, 1976
  • Women and the New Economy Issues Forum, Waterloo, 1999 ]
  • White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach, 1997-1999
  • Women's issues, 1997-1999
  • Women who shape the future, 1994
  • Business Women and the Political World, steamboat cruise
  • Lynn Cutler press statements on women, 1983-1984
  • Speeches on women's achievements
  • Harriet Woods letter, 1983
  • Alan Baron trust, 1990
  • Women elected officials, map, 1995
  • Ceremony for the signing of the Israel-Palestinian protocol, 1993
  • Diplomatic reception, June 6, 1984
  • Speeches refering to American Indians
  • American Indians, 2000-2001
  • Indian telecommunications training initiative, 2000
  • National Indian Business Association
  • Press clippings, 1983-1991
  • Presidential observer for El Salvador elections, 1994
  • JMB properties
  • Bernie Aronson memos, 1983
  • Byron Georgiou, 1990
  • President Clinton's new market tour, overview and press coverage, July 5-8, 1999
  • President Clinton's speech on banning guns for misdemeanor domestic violence offenses, 1996
  • Blair House papers, January 1997
  • State of the Union address talking points, 1995
  • State of the Union address, January 27, 2000
  • Greetings from President and Mrs. Clinton

Box 17

 

  • Lynn Cutler photographs
  • Lynn Cutler biographical information
  • Lynn Cutler political campaign material
  • Lynn Cutler Roladex listings
  • Cutler Group on women's issues, 1994
  • Political fund-raising invitations
  • Videotapes
    • Joe White Committee, Lynn Cutler for Congress, "MWGFY", 30 seconds, September 23, 1982 (VHS format)
    • Joe Slade White Committee, Cutler for Congress, "Leader" (Beta format)
    • Lynn Cutler, Crossfire, September 7, 1987 (VHS format)
    • C-SPAN view call-in, December 21, 1989 (VHS format)
    • Crier and Company, Lynn Cutler, Susan Molinari, and Ann Stone, November 26, 1991 (VHS format)
    • CNN air check, Crier and Company, January 14, 1992 (VHS format)
    • CNN Crossfire, Lynn Cutler, August 24, 1992 (VHS format)
    • CNN Crossfire, Lynn Cutler, September 16, 1992 (VHS format)
    • CNN, Lynn Cutler with Sununu, 1993 (VHS format)
    • CNN air check, Lynn Cutler, October 13, 1993 (VHS format)
    • CNN, Lynn Cutler, on Whitewater with Bay Buchanan, March 24, 1994 (VHS format)
    • Cal Thomas, August 24, 1994 (VHS format)
    • Special edit: DTH school assembly tape (1) Promo, 1992 excerpt (PR-28); (2) Against All Odds (TV-102); (3) CBS Evening News-S.A. (TV-137). Dubbed April 4, 1995, 17 minutes (VHS format)
    • Vice chairmen tape #1 (VHS format)
    • FMLN commanders, Perquin, Morazan, (El Salvador), undated (VHS format)
    • Lehrer Report; Nightline, undated (VHS format)
    • Lynn's video Kaleidescope, undated (VHS format)

Material organized and finding aid created by:

  • Gerald L. Peterson, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist (Boxes 1 and 2, January 1993; Box 10, March 2001; Boxes 12-17, March 2007)
  • Susan Witthoft, Library Assistant (Boxes 3-5, January 1997; Boxes 6-7, February 1997; Boxes 8-9 April 1997)
  • Julie Tilton, Public History Intern (Box 11, August 2001).

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