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Nan Grogan Orrock papers

Identifier: W118

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Nan Grogan Orrock papers include correspondence, printed material, and financial records, that document legislation, political campaigns, and issues Orrock was involved with, 1969-2012 (bulk 1990-2006). The papers are organized in 6 series: Legislative, Campaigns, Organizations, Personal, Research Files, and Digital Materials.


  • Creation: 1969-2010
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1990 - 2006


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 Nan Grogan Orrock

Nan Grogan Orrock was born on November 8, 1943 in Abingdon, Virginia. She earned a B.A. in English from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. Her work experience spans the fields of philanthropy, civil rights, and union and community organizing. She is the mother of two grown sons. Her activism began as a young college student when she stepped into the streets with the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. She also worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Atlanta and Mississippi and led a community civil rights project in Black Belt counties of her home state of Virginia in the mid 1960s.

After serving 10 terms in the State House of Representatives, Nan Orrock was elected by Atlanta voters to the State Senate in 2006, During her tenure in the House, she was the first woman elected to the position of House Majority Whip. She has also served as the Governor's Floor Leader, a committee chair, and a member of the Speaker's Policy Committee. Senator Orrock's legislative expertise includes health policy, women's issues, child/family policy, workplace issues, civil liberties, civil rights, and environmental issues. She is a founder of both the Georgia Legislative Women's Caucus and the Working Families Agenda Caucus. Orrock's successful legislative initiatives include passage of the Georgia Family Medical Leave Act, the Prescriptive Equity for Contraceptives Act, the Chlamydia Screening Act, Georgia Hate Crimes Act, and the Omnibus AIDS Statute. She has been named Public Health Legislator of the Year for her efforts. In 1996, Orrock worked with a legislative team to pass landmark legislation regulating landfills and has continued to monitor landfill issues and advocate for environmentally sound policy on air and water, solid waste, and nuclear waste.

Orrock is the Chair of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators. She is a founding member and Secretary of the National Labor Caucus of State Legislators. She is a member of the Bakery, Confectionery, and Tobacco Union and was employed at Nabisco for 17 years. She is the Chair of the Board of the Center for Policy Alternatives and serves as a Trustee of the Sapelo Foundation. She is currently the President of Women Legislators' Lobby (a position she has held since 1997), a national, non-partisan group of legislators, which works for balanced budgets, increased spending on families, education, health and child care, and a reduction in excessive and wasteful military spending.


6.08 Linear Feet (in 15 boxes)

0.087 Megabytes (9 wordperfect files)

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Nan Orrock has served as a senator and as a representative in Georgia's State Legislature since 1987, and as president of the Women Legislators' Lobby. She has worked to balance budgets; to increase spending on assisting families, education health and child care; and to reduce excessive and wasteful military spending. Her papers include correspondence, printed material, and financial records, that document legislation, political campaigns, and issues, 1969-2010 (bulk 1990-2006).


Arranged in six series.

Digital Access

Born-digital content is found in Series II and V and must be accessed in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. Access to born-digital files requires an appointment and, in some cases, at least 48 hours’ notice.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nan Grogan Orrock, January 5, 2011.

Related Materials in this repository:

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Nan Orrock oral history interview, May 5, 1993 (P1993-06). Series N. Legislative Oral History Project (P2000-09). Georgia Government Documentation Project.
  2. Nan Grogan Orrock oral history interviews, December 16 and 20, 2006; October 7, 2007; August 3, 2008. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)

Processing Information

Processed by Courtney Nix, Thai Nguyen, and Hilary Morrish, 2014-2015.

Digital materials processed by Katherine Fisher, December 13, 2018.

Nan Grogan Orrock:
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Repository Details

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