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Beth Farokhi papers

Identifier: W095

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Beth Farokhi papers, 1937, 1976-2020, consist of correspondence, meeting minutes and records, training materials, articles, reports, convention materials, speeches, newsletters, awards, and audiovisual materials, documenting her work with the American Association for University Women (AAUW), the Integrating Gender Equity and Reform (InGEAR) program, and her professional work at Georgia State University (GSU). The first series AAUW, 1937, 1976-2006, consists of membership, leadership, campaigns, meeting minutes, personal notes, correspondences, newsletters, annual meeting participation, presentations, articles and columns written. The second series containing the InGEAR program materials, 1976-2002, which include developement and funding, surveys, budgets, grant proposals, meeting minutes, presentations, self-studies and evaluations. The third series focuses on Faroki's professional work at GSU and includes correspondence, presentations, articles, programs she created for women at GSU, teacher certification tests, resumes and research papers. Series IV consists of a series of binders documenting Farokhi's two political campaigns in 2006 and 2010. Series V is made up of interviewee folders and audio/video materials from the Women of Georgia Oral History Project that Farokhi created. Series VI contains various personal files including programs, a calendar, and information on several events. The final two series contain audiovisual materials as well as floppy discs and a photograph, and artifacts such as stickers and awards.


  • Creation: 1937, 1976-2020


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use. The materials in Series V are restricted.

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 Beth Farokhi

Dr. Beth Farokhi (1948-2018) worked in the field of education for over forty years. Elizabeth (Dupree) Farokhi earned her doctorate (Ed.D.) in higher education from the University of Georgia, a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Emory University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Elementary Education and Health and Physical Education from LaGrange College. She began her career as a teacher in Cobb County, Georgia. After completing her doctorate, Farokhi worked at Georgia State University as an administrator in the College of Education for twenty-four years, coordinating curriculum development for over fifty degree programs.

Farokhi was a co-principal investigator for a multimillion dollar National Science Foundation collaborative of five Georgia colleges and universities which focused on Integrating Gender Equity and Reform in higher education (InGEAR). She has several publications, made numerous presentations across the country, and has received numerous awards and recognitions. In addition, she created the Georgia State University Leadership Academy for Women, a year-long program focused on professional and personal skill development for women staff. Farokhi's leadership in the field of education outside of her duties at Georgia State University included the creation of an international newsletter, the Educational Equity Report which she edited for thirteen years. In 2004, GSU honored her for exemplary, longtime service and dedication. After her retirement, Farokhi served as Head of School at The Galloway School in Atlanta and as President of the LaGrange College Alumni Association and member of its Board of Trustees.

Farokhi served as executive vice president-secretary of the American Association of University Women for four years as well as two terms as South Atlantic regional director. In addition, Farokhi served two years on the national board of the Legal Advocacy Fund and served on the National Advisory Board for Gender Inclusion for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She was a part of the founding Curriculum Advisory Board and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Atlanta Girls School and served as the Chair of the Education Committee for Georgia Federation of Democratic Women. The Cobb County Democratic Women honored Farokhi with the Educator of the Year award in 2014.

After retiring from Georgia State University, Farokhi remained active in politics. She unsuccessfully ran for Cobb County School Board in 2006 and State School Superintendent in 2010. She also begain the Women of Georgia Oral History Project to document the lives of extrordinary women from the state. Farokhi died in 2018.


16.1 Linear Feet (in 35 manuscript boxes and 1 oversized box)

Language of Materials



Beth Farokhi worked as an administrator in the College of Education at Georgia State University (GSU). She was a member of and held multiple elected positions within the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Farokhi was one of the co-principal investigators for Integrating Gender Equity and Reform (InGEAR) in higher education, a grant-funded initiative. Her papers, 1937, 1976-2007, document her GSU career, AAUW service, and the development and funding of InGEAR.


Organized in 7 series.

  1. American Association of University Women, 1937, 1976-2007
  2. Integrating Gender Equity and Reform, 1976-2005
  3. Professional, 1979-2007
  4. Political Campaigns, 2006-2018
  5. Women of Georgia Oral History Project, 2015-2018
  6. Personal Files, 1974-2020
  7. Audiovisual Materials, 1991-1999
  8. Artifacts, 1983, 2003-2004

Acquisition Information

Donated by Beth Farokhi, May 1 and June 7, 2007. 2022 accession donated by Barbara Delano and Debbie Karvey.

Processing Information

Processed by Caitlin Harris, August 2016. Georgia Governor's Committee on Postsecondary Education material (box 27A) processed by Bill Hardesty and planners (box 33-34) added to inventory, 9 November 2021. 2022 accession added by Hal Hansen, November 2023.

Beth Farokhi
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Caitlin Harris
September 2016
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2023: 2022 accession added by Hal Hansen

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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