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Dan E. Sweat, Jr. papers

Identifier: P2002-06M

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Dan E. Sweat Papers consists of speeches, correspondence, newspaper clippings, reference materials, subject files and date books.

Arranged chronologically from 1976-1989, Series I includes speeches, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. The majority of the folders in Series I contain final and rough draft copies of the given speech as well as related correspondence and reference material. Some folders lack copies of speeches and other materials. The majority of Series I refers to Sweat's corporate connections and stresses his involvement with CAP, IDEA, Leadership Atlanta, and Metro Atlanta Community Foundation (MACF).

Series II consists of subject files for organizations in which Sweat was involved. These organizations include the Alliance for Human Services Planning, the Atlanta Partnership of Business and Education, the Georgia Motor Club, Georgia State University, ITC Associates, and the Atlanta Junior League. In addition to reference materials, these folders include organizational minutes and correspondence.

Series III contains personal appointment books, printed materials, including bound volumes and pamphlets and WSB Radio audio cassettes.


  • Creation: 1973-1989


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Dan E. Sweat, Jr.

Born in 1933 in Waycross, Georgia, Dan Sweat first moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State College (now Georgia State University). Graduating with a B.A. in public administration in 1957, Sweat went on to have a successful career in public service and city development.

Sweat began his professional career as a court reporter for the Atlanta Journal while still attending college. After a brief service in the Navy, Sweat returned to his Journal job but was quickly appointed Information Director of DeKalb County under the leadership of Charles O. Emmerich. When Emmerich was appointed head of Economic Opportunity Atlanta, an anti-poverty agency, he convinced Sweat to serve with him. In 1966, Sweat moved to City Hall as Director of Government Liaison. He was appointed Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and continued to hold the position under Mayor Sam Massell. During his time with Mayor Massell, Sweat's accomplishments included coordinating Atlanta's "War on Poverty" and the Model Cities programs. After leaving City Hall in 1972, Sweat was appointed the first Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). His work at ARC included the establishment of the Chattachoochee River Corridor. The following year, Sweat left ARC to serve as president of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), a private, nonprofit corporation created to establish a robust economic climate for Downtown Atlanta. During his fifteen years at CAP, Sweat helped organize and manage projects that included: the Bedford-Pine Redevelopment, the Urban Walls Project (the first in the US), the Fairlie-Poplar District, the redesign of Woodruff Park, and the development of Underground Atlanta. In 1988, Sweat left CAP to work for the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, a philanthropic organization. Appointed by former President Jimmy Carter to coordinate The Atlanta Project in 1991, Sweat's goal was to establish Atlanta as a model of grassroots community involvement for improving the quality of life through partnerships and cooperation.

In addition to a successful professional career, Sweat contributed to the community by serving on various boards and foundations. His board membership included the Alliance for Human Services Planning, the Georgia Motor Club American Automobile Association (AAA), the Atlanta Partnership of Business and Education, the Atlanta Junior League, and the Georgia State University Foundation. Recognized by the New York Times as the "premier civic administrator," Sweat was honored with many awards during his service in city planning and development. These awards included the Shining Light Award given by WSB Radio - Atlanta Gas Light Company, and the Torch of Liberty Award given by the Anti-Defamation League. Sweat also continued to support his alma mater, Georgia State University, by founding the Dan E. Sweat Distinguished Chair in Educational Policy.

Sweat died on February 28, 1997, survived by his wife Tally, three children, and several grandchildren.


11.25 Linear Feet (in 28 boxes)

Language of Materials



Dan E. Sweat, Jr. (1933-1997) spent over three decades in public service and city development in Atlanta, including 15 years as president of the nonprofit corporation Central Atlanta Progress. His papers include speeches, correspondence, and newspaper clippings and document his involvement with many Atlanta organizations.


This collection had no initial arrangement but was organized chronologically (Series I) and alphabetically (Series II) by the GSU processing staff. File names (Series I) provided by processing staff.

  1. Series I: Speeches and related materials, 1976-1989
  2. Series II: Subject Files, 1977-1989
  3. Series III: Non-manuscript materials, 1973-1987

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tally Sweat, May 8, 2002.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Dan Sweat Oral History Interviews, 1996-1997 (Georgia Government Documentation Project, P2002-06)
  2. Dan Sweat Papers, 1964-1986 (Social Change Collection, Y005)

Related Materials in Other Repositories

  1. Central Atlanta Progress Records (Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Georgia)

Processing Information

Processed by Jamie Dortch, April 2003. This collection had no initial arrangement but was organized chronologically (Series I) and alphabetically (Series II) by the GSU processing staff. File names (Series I) provided by processing staff.

Dan E. Sweat, Jr.
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University
Finding aid prepared by Georgia State University Library
April 2003
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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