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Irma Hotchkiss Karmol Papers - MS 200

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series DescriptionInventory

Introduction

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.

Biographical Sketch

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.

Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE
1975-April 1979.
Arranged reverse chronologically.
Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence with constituents, letters of recommendation, general correspondence on legislative and political matters, and requests for copies of bills.

SUBJECT FILES

CAMPAIGN FILES
1976-1978.
Arranged alphabetically, then reverse chronologically.
Includes campaign ads and brochure ideas, appearances, material on issues, polls, lists of polling place workers, press clippings and statements, and Karmol's tabulated voting and attendance records.

LEGISLATION
1975-1981.
Arranged alphabetically, then reverse chronologically.
Includes bills in various stages of the legislative process, correspondence, memos, resolutions, personal notes, publications, newsletters, clippings and press releases, statistics, polls, and statutes.

NEWSPAPER COLUMNS AND PRESS RELEASES
1977-April 1979.
Arranged reverse chronologically.
Contains originals and copies of weekly newspaper columns written by Karmol and published in 1977 and 1978 and press releases from January through April 1979 pertaining to bills Irma Karmol introduced and explaining her stands on other legislative issues.

SPEECHES AND SPEECH MATERIAL
1977-1979.
Arranged reverse chronologically.
Includes speeches Representative Karmol delivered and material collected as resources for future speeches.

LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FILES
1975-1979.
Arranged alphabetically, then reverse chronologically.
Includes correspondence, memos, notes, newsletters, news clippings, editorials, publications, legislation, reports, and statistics.

WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS
1977-1979.
Arranged alphabetically, then reverse chronologically.
Includes minutes, correspondence, newsletters, programs, policy statements, grant proposals, and budgets.

PRINTED MATERIAL

NEWS CLIPPINGS
1979-1979.
Arranged reverse chronologically.
Includes clippings regarding Karmol's legislative and political activities primarily from northwest Ohio newspapers, magazines, and newsletters.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

VIDEO TAPE
October 1978.
One tape with no particular arrangement.
Includes television commercials made by Karmol and WTOL-TV for the re-election campaign of 1978.

Inventory

Box 1

Folders
  1. Correspondence, outgoing constituent, April-May 1979
  2. Correspondence, outgoing constituent, March 1979
  3. Correspondence, outgoing constituent, February 1979
  4. Correspondence, outgoing constituent, December 1978-January 1979
  5. Correspondence, constituent, 1978
  6. Correspondence, constituent, 1977
  7. Correspondence, constituent, 1976
  8. Correspondence, constituent, 1975
  9. Correspondence, pending matters, January-May 1979
  10. Letters of recommendation, January, March 1979
  11. Correspondence, general, March 1979
  12. Correspondence, general, January-February 1978; January-February 1979
  13. Bill requests filled, May 1977-ca. May 1978

Box 2

Folders
  1. Campaign--ads, commercials, 1978
  2. Campaign appearances, May-October 1978
  3. Campaign--brochure ideas, 1978
  4. Campaign--issues, June 1977-October 1978
  5. Campaign--organizations, August-October 1978
  6. Campaign--polls, questionnaires, April-May 1978
  7. Campaign--polling places (workers), 1976
  8. Campaign--press clippings, material, September 1976-November 1978
  9. Campaign--press statement, October 1978
  10. Campaign--voting and attendance records, 1977-1978
  11. Legislation--Absent Parent Locator HB 269, November 1976-January 1978
  12. Legislation--Bottle Bill HBs 287, 2888, 348 (#1), April 1977-March 1978
  13. Legislation--Bottle Bill HBs 287, 288, 348 (#2), April 1974-March 1977, n.d.

Box 3

Folders
  1. Legislation--Budget--1977-1979 Biennium
  2. Legislation--Budget--1977-1979 Biennium, SB 372
  3. Legislation--Budget--1975-1977 Biennium, Substitute HB 155
  4. Legislation--County Homes--HB 1241, August 1972-January 1979
  5. Legislation--Drug Tests/Implied Consent, HB 448, November 1978-September 1979
  6. Legislation--Economic and Community Development, July-October 1977
  7. Legislation--Education, May 1975
  8. Legislation--Election Laws, July 1976
  9. Legislation--Energy Conservation/Sunday Closing HB 108, July 1973-February 1977
  10. Legislation--Energy Conservation/Coal Crisis HB 108, January-March 1978
  11. Legislation--Energy/Flue Gas Desulferization, SB 168, August-October 1977
  12. Legislation--Energy and Environment Bills and miscellaneous information (#1), 1975-January 1978

Box 4

Folders
  1. Legislation--Energy and Environment/Testimony and miscellaneous letters (#2), December 1976-January 1978
  2. Legislation--Energy--miscellaneous information, 1977-February 1979
  3. Legislation--Ethics Committee, October 1975-March 1979
  4. Legislation--Fair (County), SB 159, January-September 1979
  5. Legislation--False Advertising, October 1977-January 1979
  6. Legislation--Firearm Training for Security Guards/HB 334, February 1979
  7. Legislation--Judges (nonpartisan) Am HB 317, n.d.
  8. Legislation--Land Use SBs 115, 480/HB 247, April 1979, n.d.
  9. Legislation--Litter HBs 139, 361, 503, 113th G.A., January-September 1979
  10. Legislation--Litter SBs 303, 650/HB 1171, March 1977-September 1978

Box 5

Folders
  1. Legislation--"Paper Legislation" HB 149, March 1978-January 1980
  2. Legislation--Park Commission HBs 418/545/932, February 1975-February 1980
  3. Legislation--Pregnancy Benefit Bill, HB 484, June-November 1977
  4. Legislation--Reports Bill HB 73, March 1978-April 1981
  5. Legislation--School Bus Hazard Lights HB 59, December 1977-March 1980
  6. Legislation--School Funding, June 1977-June 1979
  7. Legislation--Solar Energy HBs 278, 333, June 1974-November 1978
  8. Legislation--Spending Limitation HJRs 16, 85, June 1978-March 1979
  9. Legislation--Unemployment Compensation, HB 42, February 1979

Box 6

Folders
  1. Newspaper columns, 1978
  2. Newspaper columns, 1977
  3. News releases, January-April 1979
  4. Speeches, ca. 1977-1978
  5. Speech material, December 1978-January 1981
  6. Age of Majority, June-August 1976; March-April 1979
  7. Aging (Elderly), November 1975-June 1977
  8. Agriculture--Ohio, 1974-1976
  9. Appointment book, 1979
  10. Bingo, June 1977, n.d.
  11. Blade (Toledo) Editorials, June 1978-October 1979
  12. Bottle Bill, April 1977, February-April 1979
  13. Budget Hearings/Testimony 1980-81 Biennium (#1), February-March 1979

Box 7

Folders
  1. Budget Hearings/Testimony 1980-81 Biennium (#2), ca. February-March 1979
  2. Certificates awarded, August 1975-January 1977
  3. Child Abuse, November 1977
  4. Children's Rights, November 1974-April 1975
  5. Crime, January 1975-February 1979
  6. Crime--Death Penalty, July 1975-October 1977
  7. Crime--Prison Reform, October 1974, December 1976, February 1979
  8. D.A.Y.S. (Downtown Advocates for Youth Safety), April 1978-March 1979
  9. Death--Right to Die, 1973-November 1976
  10. Divorce--No Fault, February 1974-May 1975
  11. Drugs--Abuse, October 1969-February 1976
  12. Education--Bussing, October 1975-September 1976
  13. Education--Children with Learning Disabilities, 1966-1967-November 1978
  14. Education--General--Toledo Public Schools, 1974-August 1977
  15. Education--Higher, Ohio, December 1976-June 1978
  16. Education--Student Rights, January 1975-October 1978
  17. Education--Sylvania City Schools, January 1976-October 1978
  18. Employment, May-July 1977

Box 8

Folders
  1. Energy Crisis, 1977, January 1977-December 1978
  2. Environment, February 1975-August 1978
  3. E.R.A., 1973-1975
  4. Fair Trades Laws, May 1975
  5. Finance, 1973-1974
  6. Flower Hospital, Autumn 1975
  7. Gun Control, 1974-1976
  8. Insurance, No Fault, January 1974-February 1975
  9. Joseph, Louis, September-November, 1977
  10. Kisin, Hy/Kogust, Dennis, October-November 1975
  11. Legislative Report, February-April 1975, January 1977
  12. Library Funding, October-November 1976, May 1979
  13. Lincoln Day Speech material, n.d.
  14. Lucas County Children's Services Board, 1975
  15. Malpractice Insurance, June-September 1975
  16. Marijuana Research, 1969, 1975
  17. Mary Manse College, Closing, April-May 1975
  18. Medicare, October 1975-August 1977
  19. Mental Health, 1975-November 1977
  20. Mental Health--Karmol, January 1977-February 1979
  21. Mercy Hospital, Toledo, February 1979
  22. Natural Gas--Columbia Gas Company, December 1974-November 1975
  23. Natural Resources, October 1976

Box 9

Folders
  1. Notes, Irma's miscellaneous, ca. 1979-1980
  2. Nuclear Energy, 1978-March 1979
  3. Nursing Homes, February 1975-March 1977
  4. Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, n.d.
  5. Ohio Department of Administrative Services--Krabach--State Personnel, December 1975
  6. Ohio Department of Education, 1978
  7. Ohio Department of Health, April 1979
  8. Ohio Land Use Review Commission, November 1974-August 1979
  9. Ohio Lottery Commission, June 1976-March 1978
  10. Ohio Manufacturer's Association Newsletter, February-March 1979
  11. Ohio News Service, February-March 1979
  12. O.P.E.C. (Ohio Public Expenditure Council), 1977
  13. Ohio State Medical Association, March 1978
  14. Pay Raise, November 1978-February 1979
  15. Public Employees--Labor Relations, June 1975-July 1977, 1979
  16. Public Employees--Legislators, March-April 1979
  17. Ronald Reagan, October 1975-May 1979
  18. Social Security, 1975-August 1977
  19. Soil Conservation--Lucas County, January 1975
  20. Solar Energy Legislation HB100/Energy and Environment HB 154, 1978-March 1979
  21. State Library of Ohio, November 1977

Box 10

Folders
  1. Taiwan, August-September 1978, February 1979
  2. Thank you letters, January 1977-June 1978
  3. Toledo Area Government Research Association, January 1979
  4. Toledo Office Building, February 1976-October 1978
  5. Toledo Schools--Closing, May 1977-April 1978
  6. Transactional Analysis, March 1975
  7. Transportation, 1974-February 1979
  8. Usury Law, n.d.
  9. Welfare, 1973-April 1979
  10. Westwood Avenue Extension, April-October 1978
  11. Workmen's Compensation, n.d.
  12. W.S.P.D. Editorials, September 1974-April 1979
  13. University of Toledo/Center for Women (T.W.I.N.), October 1977-November 1979

Box 11

Folders
  1. Women Involved in Toledo, Inc. (W.I.T.), December 1977-March 1979
  2. News clippings, 1979
  3. News clippings, 1978
  4. News clippings, 1977
  5. News clippings, 1976
  6. News clippings, 1975
  7. News clippings, 1973-1974
  8. News clippings, n.d.
  9. Re-election campaign television commercial tape, October 1978

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