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Richard Rhodes papers

Identifier: Q138

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Richard Rhodes papers include printed materials, newspaper clippings, correspondence, organizational minutes, bylaws and financial records, artifacts including buttons, hat, and textiles, 1987-1993, 2012. The political material relates to Rhodes' involvement in LEGAL, the DeKalb Democratic Party, and the 1988 National Democratic Convention in Atlanta. Many of the newspaper clippings reflect on the impact of the gay community within Atlanta and the March on Washington in October, 1987.


  • 1987-1993, 2012, undated


Restrictions on Access

Two items containing personal information available to researchers in redacted form.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biography of Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes was born in 1938 in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Richard Rhodes participated in the March on Washington in October, 1987. While the event was "life-changing," he was not willing to come out openly. Richard Rhodes became involved in Legislate Equality for Gays and Lesbians [LEGAL] in 1988 as a district caucus member, and ultimately was elected as a delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. In 1990, Richard Rhodes became the Chair of the DeKalb Democratic Party. He has gained considerable knowledge and experience regarding how the Georgia legislature works, and has used it as a lobbyist. He promotes mainstream, gay, and lesbian concerns.


2.125 Linear Feet (in 4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Richard Rhodes was a lobbyist in the Georgia Legislature, focusing on gay and lesbian concerns. The papers include printed materials, newspaper clippings, correspondence, organizational minutes, bylaws and financial records, artifacts including buttons, hat, and textiles.

Custodial History

The Richard Rhodes papers were previously held at Fulton County Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dave Hayward, September 28, 2012.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Richard Rhodes oral history interview, Touching Up Our Roots Project, Gender and Sexuality Collections.
  2. Liane Levetan papers, 1963-2011 (W115)
  3. Nan Grogan Orrock papers, 1969-2010 (W118)
  4. Beth S. Schapiro papers, circa 1970-1995 (W002)

Separated Materials

Separated to the Gender and Sexuality Periodicals Collection (Q-GS-Periodicals) see finding aid for access

  1. Etcetera, Vol 6, No. 37, SE 14, 1990, (Stand up for the arts)

Collection Transfer Note

This collection was previously designated W138, but was assigned collection number Q138 with the formationĀ of the Gender and Sexuality Collection in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Madelyn Shepard at the file level, June 2015. Electronic finding aid created by Madelyn Shepard, June 2015 as part of the Georgia Archives Institute.
Richard Rhodes:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
June 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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