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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.


  • Creation: 1987-1993, 2012, undated


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use. Two items containing personal information available to researchers in redacted form.

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 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.

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.

  • Two lobbyist id cards with Social Security Numbers
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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