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Manuscript Group 402

Norma Dobler

Papers, 1967-1991
4 cubic feet

The records of Norma Dobler were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Norma Dobler in December 1990 and March 1997. They were processed by Karen Hertel in November 1999.


Biography

Norma Dobler was born Norma Woodhouse on May 2, 1917 to Lester and Bessie Woodhouse in Haines, Oregon. The family moved to a farm in southern Idaho's Canyon County during the fall of 1917. Norma graduated from Caldwell High School in 1934. She then attended Links Business College in Boise for a year, the University of Cincinnati for two years and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Business in 1939. Upon graduation, she worked in the University of Idaho registrar's office for two years.

Norma married Clifford Dobler on June 14, 1941. That year Clifford joined the faculty of the University of Idaho as an associate professor of political science where he taught business law courses for the next 36 years. After her marriage, Norma devoted herself to raising their three children and became very active in volunteer work. She served for 12 years as Sunday school superintendent for the Methodist Church, 12 years as a 4-H youth leader, and worked with the Campfire group for two years. She also worked as a county fair judge and election judge. Dobler spent six years on the Moscow School Board and three years as president of the Idaho League of Women Voters before her legislative stint and served nine years on the Idaho Tax Board of Appeals afterwards. She took up her career again in 1971 and worked as secretary to the State Extension Forester until 1975. She was awarded life membership in the PTA, American Association of University Women, United Methodist Women, and Delta Kappa Gamma Education Honorary and received the "Citizen of the Year" award from the National Association of Social Workers. She is listed in several "Who's Who" books, and "Two Thousand Women of Achievement" and the "Dictionary of International Biographies".

A staunch democrat, Dobler was long active in politics through her work with the League of Women Voters. In 1973 she won a seat in the state House of Representatives. During her four years as a representative, she served on the Education, Health and Welfare and Resource and Conservation committees. In 1977 she was elected to the state senate, serving for five terms until her retirement in 1986. Her committees included Health, Education and Welfare, Resources and Environment, Judiciary and Rules, and State Affairs.

Dobler was a passionate crusader for the rights of women, senior citizens and children, education and the environment. Legislation that she sponsored, or was particularly involved with, concerned displaced homemakers, Idaho's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, day care licensing, reapportionment of the legislative districts, abortion, divorce, drinking age, driving under the influence of alcohol, harassment (hate crimes), higher education, liquor revenue, and the state liquor dispensary system. She was also active on the Development Disabilities Council, the State Employment and Training Advisory Council, and the Idaho Cancer Coordinating Committee. On a national level, Dobler served on the Education Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the advisory board for the National Education Data Library, the American Association of Retired Persons' legislative committee, and a national commission to prevent telemarketing fraud of senior citizens.

Norma Dobler passed away on June 1, 1998 from head injuries she suffered in a fall at her Moscow home. Her husband; her children, Sharon Vega, Terry Dobler and Carol Harris; a brother, Clyde Woodhouse; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survived her. Upon her death, Senator Marguerite McLaughlin commented, "She probably was the most fair legislator I ever knew. She listened to both sides and tried to make decisions based on that."

Scope And Content

The records of Norma Dobler span the years 1962 to 1995, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1976 to 1987.

Included are correspondence, notes, transcripts of speeches, newspaper clippings, photocopies of legislation, and publications concerning her career as a politician, a member of the League of Women Voters, and a delegate to the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston.

Arrangement and Description

The bulk of the material in this group was in labeled folders, with the remainder loose or in three-ring binders. There was no discernible order. Folders were arranged in alphabetical order in a single series. Original folder headings were retained with additional description added for clarification. Material in three-ring binders was removed from the binders and placed in acid-neutral folders. The loose material was placed in folders and given appropriate headings.

Some of the folders span a wide date range. Although they contain material relating to Dobler's work as a legislator, apparently she added clippings, journal articles, pamphlets and correspondence to the files after her retirement from the legislature.

Upon receipt of the material approximately 1 c.f. of publications, primarily state documents, was transferred to other parts of the library. During processing publications that had no notes in them and are readily available elsewhere were also transferred. A list of publications withdrawn during processing has been placed with the accession record. Duplicate photocopies and newspaper clippings were also discarded. This reduced the quantity of materials by 1.5 cubic feet.

Inventory

Norma Dobler

Box 	Folder	Description	Items

1 1-4 1% tax initiative, 1977-1994 136 5-6 Abortion, 1976-1990 78 7 Alcohol awareness, 1983-1984 12 8 Cancer Coordinating Committee, 1978-1984 11 9 Child abuse, 1976-1984 22 10 Child health, 1984-1986 9 11 Child support, 1984-1985 12 12 Child welfare, 1983-1986 7 13 Church, Frank, 1976-1984 14 14 Day care, 1984-1986 52 15 Displaced homemakers, 1977-1983 59 16 Alliance for Displaced Homemakers, 1977-1978 9 17 Center for New Directions, 1982-1993 20 18 Correspondence, 1977 63 19 Correspondence, 1978 52 20 Correspondence with Gwilliam, 1978-1979 5 21 Idaho Displaced Homemakers Network, 1979-1990 12 22 Job Training Partnership Act(JTPA), 1987-1990 9 23 Needs assessment, 1983 1 24 Reports, 1979-1987 6 25 SB1345 public hearing, 1978 15 26 Speeches, 1977-1984 26 27 Twin Falls center, 1979-1980 15 28 Divorce bills, 1983-1986 24 29 Divorce, Case file, 1983-1985 16 30 Divorce laws (1980), 1986 33 31 Dobler, Norma and Clifford, 1962-1988 4 32 Drinking age, 1983-1986 48 33 Driving Under the Influence(DUI), 1980-1983 34 2 34 1982 bills, 1980-1982 40 35 1983 bills, 1983 6 36 Driver's license records, 1977-1982 16 37-38 Econometric Energy Study, 1977-1978 19 39 Audit, 1978 22 40 Environmental protection, 1972-1991 18 41-45 ERA, 1972-1984 209 46 Anti, 1972-1980 36 47 Economic equity, 1975-1980 6 48 HCR10, 1976-1977 97 49 Pro, 1972-1977 34 50 Women and the law, 1978-1982 43 51 Women's rights, 1974-1977 46 52 Federal budget cuts and tax reduction, 1981-1982 45 53 Foster care, 8 54-55 Harassment bills, 1980-1988 157 56 Health facilities, HJR12, 1978-1980 16 57 Heyburn State Park, 1971-1983 72 58 Higher education, 1967-1992 23 3 59 Ad Hoc Committee on higher education, Minutes, 1985 4 60-62 Chancellor system, 1974-1992 58 63 Closure of North Idaho College of Education (Normal School), 1985 1 64 Tenure, 1971-1982 12 65 Tuition, 1974-1991 41 66 Idaho Office on Aging, 1986 1 67 Idaho politicians, Clippings, 1987 4 68 Idaho State School and Hospital, Gwilliam correspondence, 1979-1985 9 69 Idaho Task Force on Higher Education, 1982-1983 25 70 Correspondence, 1983-1984 17 71 Idahonian board, 1986-1988 16 72 Iran-Contra scandal, 1987-1988 10 73 Land Resource Inventory Demonstration Project, 1979 1 74 Land use planning, 1970-1982 30 75 Clippings, 1973-1981 49 76 League of Women Voters: Endowment lands, 1969-1993 16 77 League of Women Voters: Public school funding, 1969-1982 14 78 League of Women Voters: Public school finance, Court case, 1972-1975 13 79 League of Women Voters: Revised constitution, 1970 26 80 Legislative Budget Office, budget cuts FY1987, 1985 1 81 Legislative Council Committee on Alcoholic Beverages, 1981-1985 32 82 Legislative Council Committee on Indian Affairs, 1984-1985 3 83 Legislative Council Committee on Local Government Revenues, 1985-1987 46 84 Legislative proposals of governor and executive agencies, 1986 1 85 Libya, 1977-1986 43 86 Liquor dispensary, 1985-1986 6 87 Liquor licenses, 1977-1980 32 88-90 Liquor revenue, 1981-1985 80 91 Medicaid, Medicare and Relative Responsibility, 1983-1990 91 92 National Women's Conference, 1977 38 93 National Women's Conference: Binder, 1977 1 94 National Women's Conference: Buttons and passes, 1977 6 95 National Women's Conference: Correspondence, 1977-1978 15 96 National Women's Conference: Idaho state conference, 1977 11 4 97 National Women's Conference: Official briefing book, 1977 1 98 National Women's Conference: Publications, 1977-1978 21 99 National Women's Conference: State conferences, clippings, 1977 5 100 Newspaper clippings, miscellaneous, ca. 1985 6 101 Older Women's League, 1980-1988 23 102 Persian Gulf War, 1991 6 103 Presidential campaign, 1980-1984 12 104 Project Independence Task Force, 1980 13 105 Public television, 1981-1986 29 106-107 Reapportionment, 1968-1991 78 108 League of Women Voters, 1989-1991 3 109 Other states, 1981-1984 25 110 Retirement, PERSI system, 1984-1986 8 111 Sagebrush rebellion, 1979-1980 14 112 Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee, Minutes, 1986 1 113 Sheriff amendment, 1985 16 114 Soil conservation districts, 1985 7 115-116 State Affairs Committee, Minutes, 1982-1983 2 117 Swan Falls, 1979-1986 50 118 Taxes (state), 1982-1986 3 119 Teen pregnancy and sex education, 1974-1986 14 120 U.S. presidents, 1986-1990 9 121 Victim's rights, 1984-1986 12 122 Water, 1981-1995 12 123 Water quality, 1985-1986 12 124 Water research, 1976-1977 9 125 Weed control, 1982-1986 9 126 Wilderness, 1978-1987 44 127 Women's Commission, 1977-1986 31 128 Women's rights, 1982-1989 13

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