MS 200 - Irma Hotchkiss Karmol Papers
|MS 200 - Irma Hotchkiss Karmol Papers
The papers of Ohio State Representative Irma Hotchkiss Karmol date from April 1974 to April 1981, the bulk of which are from 1975 to 1979. They constitute five and one-half linear feet of correspondence, campaign files, legislation, newspaper columns and news releases, speech material, subject files relating to legislative issues, files concerning women's groups in which she was involved, and a television commercial video tape.
Representative Karmol's papers were donated to the Women's Studies Archives Project (WSAP) of the Center for Archival Collections (CAC) in October 1981 through the cooperation of her son, David Karmol, and Ann Bowers, Curator of Manuscripts of the CAC. Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and scholarly research. The register was prepared by Paulette Weiser, Graduate Assistant for the WSAP, in January 1982.
Irma Hotchkiss was born April 13, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from DeVilbiss High School in Toledo in 1941, and received a B.S. in business from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1945.
She married and raised a family of four children, David, Jeff, Beth, and Jim, while becoming involved in politics in the 1960s. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Sylvania, Ohio, school system and as a caseworker for the Lucas County Children's Services Board before being elected to a seat in the Ohio General Assembly in November 1974. She was elected from the 44th District, made up of southwest Toledo, Ottawa Hills, and parts of Sylvania and Springfield townships. She was re-elected twice (1976 and 1978) and held the seat until her sudden death in an automobile accident in Perrysburg while on her way to a legislative session in Columbus on April 24, 1979. Her son David was appointed to her Assembly seat temporarily, then won the position himself in the next election.
Ms. Karmol's legislative committee assignments included Energy and Environment, Finance-Appropriations' Human Resources Subcommittee, Insurance, Ethics, Policy, Energy Advisory Council, Energy and Resource Development Agency, and the Joint Committee on Health Care Costs. The assignments reflect her special areas of personal interest in child abuse, juvenile corrections, welfare, health care, women's issues, school funding, and energy conservation.
Representative Karmol was active in the Republican Party, a member of the Organization of Women Legislators, affiliated with Mercy and St. Vincent Hospitals, a charter member of Women Involved in Toledo, Inc., (W.I.T., Inc.), and also a member of the advisory board for the Center for Women at the University of Toledo.
|Scope and Content
The papers of Irma Hotchkiss Karmol document her activities as a member of the Ohio General Assembly from her election in November 1974 until her death in April 1979.
Most of the correspondence is between Representative Karmol and her constituents and pertains to her stand or constituents' opinions on legislative matters or special requests for assistance from constituents.
The campaign files and television commercial video tape are primarily from her 1978 re-election campaign and include such material as her appearances, ads, issues, her voting and attendance records, and polls.
The legislation covers the budget, energy and conservation, education, and other issues in which Ms. Karmol was most interested. Some of the legislation introduced by Irma Karmol was finalized through the efforts of her son and dates as late as 1981. Representative Karmol's newspaper columns, news releases, and speeches are particularly helpful in determining important issues in Ohio from 1977 to 1979, areas of special interest to Karmol and her stand on issues.
The legislative subject files include a variety of topics, primarily in the areas of education, energy, health care, state government agencies, and welfare. The files on the University of Toledo's Center for Women and Women Involved in Toledo, Inc., indicate Ms. Karmol's involvement in women's issues outside, as well as in, the legislative arena.
The news clippings date from 1973 to 1979 and cover Representative Karmol's legislative and political activities in that period and also that of her election opponents.
NEWSPAPER COLUMNS AND PRESS RELEASES
SPEECHES AND SPEECH MATERIAL
LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FILES