Women of Atlanta Collections Now Processed and Available to Researchers

by Kate Daly and Leah Lefkowitz, Visual Culture Archivist and Manuscript Archivist, Atlanta History Center

In June 2020, the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center received funding from a private donor to complete a project to catalog and process over 30 linear feet of archival materials related to Atlanta’s women’s history. Archivists have completed processing several collections, allowing these historically significant materials to be widely available to researchers.

The Atlanta History Center will use these materials, as well as others related to women’s history in our collection, to curate an online exhibition. We are also soliciting new donations from prominent Atlanta women. These materials will facilitate public research and provide support for the Atlanta History Center’s programs and exhibitions.

The following collections have been processed and are now available on the Kenan Research Center’s Finding Aids database (https://ahc.galileo.usg.edu/):

– Atlanta Tomboys documents, MSS 1204, 1917-1926, 1944-1986, undated

This collection contains papers that document the Atlanta Tomboys, an amateur, later semi-professional, women’s basketball and softball team, both organized and coached by Johnny Moon. Included are game schedules, team rosters, promotional materials, and correspondence about sports scholarships and exhibits.

– Atlanta Women’s Chamber of Commerce photographs, VIS 398, 1952-1989

This collection contains images and items related to the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta’s outreach activities and members. Included are photographs, negatives, and slides of annual events and contests, as well as WCC members and officers, meetings, and committees.

– Atlanta Women’s Network records, MSS 710, 1978-1989, undated

This collection contains documents from the Atlanta Women’s Network, an outgrowth of the Feminist Action Alliance, that brings together professional Atlanta women through tools and relationship building. Areas of the organization documented include the Board of Directors, committee creation and work, luncheon and other event planning, and business operations.

– Cathy Woolard papers, 1986-2013, undated

This collection documents the career of Atlanta City Council Woman Cathy Woolard, who was the first openly gay elected official in the position, which she held from 1997 until 2002 Papers include campaign flyers, voter surveys, press clippings of her work, legal paperwork, and administrative binders. The bulk of documentation is planning materials pertaining to the construction of the Atlanta Beltline, such as financial and environmental studies, formal presentations, and outreach magazines and publications.

– Chris Mastin photographs of protest marches, VIS 399, 2017-2018

This collection contains digital images taken by Chris Mastin of the March for Science Atlanta, the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally in Atlanta, and the Women’s March on Washington. Photographs in this collection depict protesters holding signs and marching in downtown Atlanta and Washington D.C.

– Emily Bourne Grigsby papers and photographs, MSS 1201, 1943-2004, undated

These collections contain documents and photographs from Emily Bourne Grigsby’s career as an opera singer and model, as well as her time as president of the Atlanta Music Club and her association with the Atlanta Opera Arts Association.

– Florence Inman photographs, VIS 389, 1970-1990, undated

This collection contains photographs of Focal Point Inc.’s awards and recognitions, the staff and workshop, and the moldings they designed and manufactured. Examples of moldings and decorative medallions are shown that were manufactured in the Focal Point workshop, or installed in residences and historic properties.

– Leila Ross Wilburn visual arts materials, VIS 72, 1920-1979

This collection documents the prolific work of one of Atlanta’s pioneer women architects and businesswomen. It is comprised primarily of architectural plans, photographs, negatives, and slides of private residences, multi-family homes, and apartment buildings Wilburn designed during her career.

– Lochrane and Reid family papers, MSS 1203, 1833-1977, undated

This collection contains papers from the Lochrane and Reid family, primarily Sallie Fannie Reid, the funder a Confederate military company during the Civil War and the secretary of the Ladies of Soldiers Relief. The bulk of the collection is correspondence written by Reid

– Lucinda Bunnen photographs, VIS 395, approximately 1976-1978

This collection contains photographs taken for Movers and Shakers in Georgia by Lucinda Bunnen and Frankie Coxe. The collection includes images of notable political, business, cultural, and arts figures between 1976-1978 in Georgia. Also included are photographs of events such as Jimmy Carter’s presidential election, a Decatur Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) planning meeting, the Ramblin’ Raft Race on the Chattahoochee River, an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert in Piedmont Park, Atlanta Braves baseball team opening days, and Isamu Noguchi’s Playscapes opening event in Piedmont Park.

– Maria Helena Dolan papers, MSS 1196, 1970-2007, undated

This collection contains materials collected by Maria Helena Dolan that document her work in LGBTQ+ and feminist organizations, her personal life, events she attended, her work at MARTA, as well her various other interests, including gardening, arts, and travel. Specific causes documented include AIDS awareness and safe sex, domestic violence, civil rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. Organizations represented include Atlanta History Center, Charis Books & More, Pride, ACLU, and Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, amongst others.

– Roan family papers, MSS 1202, 1913-1971, undated

This collection documents the Roan family, including Margaret Zattau Roan, who was a suffragist, activist, and pioneering music therapist. Suffragist papers consist of telegrams to the Convention League of Women Voters, articles, and documents from the National League of Women Voters

– Yolande Copley Gwin visual arts materials, MSS 1202, 1913-1971, undated

This collection contains illustrations submitted to the society column that Yolande Copley Gwin edited at the Atlanta Journal. Editorial cartoonists featured in the collection include Clifford “Baldy” Baldowski (1917-1999), Lou “Eric” Erickson (1913-1990), Howard Paris (1919-2004), and others.

Press Release: The Jewish Community of Atlanta (Arcadia, 2021)

The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is proud to announce the publication of a new book on the history of Jewish Atlanta. Images of America: The Jewish Community of Atlanta, authored by the museum’s own Senior Director of Archives, Jeremy Katz, released by Arcadia Publishing on January 25th, 2021.

Courtesy of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum and available wherever books are sold

Utilizing the Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Archives for Southern Jewish History at the Breman as the main source of images, the book illustrates through 200 images the visionary leaders in the Jewish community that helped Atlanta evolve from a sleepy, backwater, 19th-century frontier railroad town into the 21st-century international metropolis we know today. It also chronicles the dark episodes of blatant antisemitism that traumatized the community and had national implications, such as the lynching of Leo M. Frank, The Temple Bombing, and the deliberate expulsion of Jewish students from Emory University Dental School.

The book is part of a larger initiative to make the archives at the Breman more accessible than ever before. In addition to the book, the museum recently soft-launched a Google Arts & Culture page that features an online exhibition and 100 high-resolution images of historic photographs, documents, and objects. To explore the page, please visit https://bit.ly/3e4X5Aj. The full launch of the page, which will feature hundreds more artifacts and several additional online exhibitions, will come alongside a larger city-wide rollout showcasing the Breman together with many of Atlanta’s prestigious museums and arts institutions.

Another major facet of this larger initiative is a complete overhaul of the museum’s collection catalog to industry leading systems. This 21st century upgrade puts the Breman on par with leading archival institutions around the country. To explore the new and innovative oral history catalog, please visit: http://bit.ly/37Gkw2e.

In addition to these exciting projects, the archives at the Breman is also presenting virtual programs that are attracting on average 250 participants per event. For more information about upcoming events, please visit: https://www.thebreman.org/Events.

About the Author

Jeremy Katz holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Wright State University as well as a certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Archives at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The images featured in this book have been carefully curated from the photography collections in the Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Archives for Southern Jewish History at the Breman Museum, the largest repository for Jewish research in the American South.

ISBN: 978-1-4671-0585-9
Price: $21.99
Available wherever books are sold or online at https://bit.ly/3bF8k4M.