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Lorraine Fontana papers

 Collection
Identifier: Q110
The Lorraine Fontana papers span from her birth certificate in 1947 to her endeavors in Atlanta in 2014, with the bulk of the papers documenting 1968-2010. These papers chronicle Fontana's school and college days in Queens, New York, her interests in spirituality, and her career as a civil rights and LGBT activist.

The papers comprise of articles, artwork, artifacts, agendas, brochures, correspondence, conference and workshop materials, employment documents, guides, minutes, newsletters, notes, pamphlets, photographs, publications, and toolkits as well as t-shirts and buttons. They document Fontana's activities as an activist with organizations such as VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), Atlanta Pride, Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Association, Lambda Legal, Queer Progressive Agenda, National Jury Project, National Lawyers Guild, Anti-Klan Project, Racism Action Project, and many other social justice causes.

Dates

  • 1947-2014 (bulk 1968-2010)

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Some items containing personal information are available in redacted form. Consult archivist.

Extent

53.33 Linear Feet (in 37 boxes; 28 textile boxes and 1 oversized box)

Abstract:

Lorraine Fontana is an activist for the LGBTQ community and has fought for social justice since her early college days. Her papers, 1947-2014 (bulk 1968-2010), include correspondence, conference materials, flyers, notes, programs and publications, representing her activities in Atlanta, New York, and elsewhere.

Biography of Lorraine Fontana

Born in Queens, New York, in 1947, Lorraine Fontana became an anti-war activist and supporter of the Civil Rights movement early in life. After joining VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) in 1968, she came to Atlanta, and together with other feminists, founded the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA - 1972 to 1994), and later DARII (Dykes for the Second American Revolution). She trained at the People's College of Law in Los Angeles (1976-79) and went on to work with the National Jury Project, Georgia Legal Services, the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in New York City (October 1999 to January 2004), and Georgia's Lambda Legal Education Defense Fund (2006-2012). She was a member of the short-lived Queer Progressive Agenda (QPA), and is currently a supporter of First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta's Social Justice Guild, the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, Charis Books, the Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, SAGE Atlanta, and Southerners on New Ground.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lorraine Fontana, 2014.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in Other Repositories
  1. Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) Archives, circa 1972-1994, RL.00022, Duke University Libraries
Related Materials in This Repository
  1. Terri Wilder papers, circa 1996-2007 (Q085)
  2. Tonia Poteat oral history interview, June 6, 2008. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  3. Jennifer Carroll, oral history interview, June 6, 2008. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  4. Franklin Abbott oral history interview, September 30, 2011 (Q101.01). Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project
  5. Andrew Wood oral history interview, June 24, 2014. (Q101.10). Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project
  6. Jeff Graham oral history interview, August 8 and September 25, 2014. (Q101.11). Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project
  7. Sarah Lopez oral history interview, September 5, 2014. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  8. Charles Stephens oral history interview, July 31, 2012 (Q101.03). Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project
  9. Joining Hearts, Inc. records, 2014 (Q137)
  10. Maria Helena Dolan papers (Q134)
  11. Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project, 2011- (Q101)

Separated Materials

Separated to the Gender and Sexuality Periodicals Collection (Q-GS-Periodicals) see finding aid for access
  1. Aid Atlanta newsletter, (vol. 1; no.3) winter 1984
  2. ALFA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, (nos. 1-4), September 1973-December 1973
  3. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, (nos. 5-15), January-December, 1974
  4. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, (nos. 16-18; numbering ends at #18, August 1975 missing) January-December, 1975
  5. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1976
  6. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1977
  7. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1978
  8. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1979
  9. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1980
  10. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1981
  11. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, December-January 1982
  12. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1983
  13. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1984
  14. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1985
  15. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1986
  16. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1987
  17. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1989
  18. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1989
  19. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1990
  20. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1991
  21. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-December 1992
  22. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January-March; May-December 1993
  23. AFLA (Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance) newsletter, January, March, April, May, 1994
  24. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, September 1994-December 1995
  25. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, January-December 1996
  26. Dr. Christine Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, January-November 1997
  27. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, January-December 1998
  28. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, January-December 1999
  29. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, January-December 2000
  30. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, January-December 2001
  31. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, February-August 2002
  32. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, May-December 2003
  33. Dr. Christina Northrup's Health Wisdom for Women newsletter, January 2004
  34. GL -- Gay Life: Maryland's LGBT Community Newspaper, January 20-February 2, 2012
  35. Indypendent, (issue 62), December 2, 2004-January 11, 2005
  36. Lake Clare Community Land Trust News, (vol. 16, issue 1) February 2004
  37. Lark Letter: A Women's Guide to Optimal Health and Balance, February-March 2005
  38. Lesbian Connection magazine, (vol. 28, issues 5;6-vol. 29, issues 1;2), 2006
  39. Lesbian Connection magazine, (vol. 33, issues 2), 2010
  40. Lesbian Connection magazine, (vol. 34, issues 6), 2012
  41. Lesbian Connection magazine, (vol. 35, issues 4-6), 2013
  42. Lesbian Connection magazine, (vol. 36, issues 1-4), 2013-2014
  43. Lesbian Connection magazine, (vol. 37, issues 2-3), September-December 2014
  44. Lesbian Connection magazine, (vol. 38, issue 5), March-April 2016
  45. Lesbian Connection magazine, (vol. 39, issues 1-6), July 2016-June 2017
  46. Lesbian Herstory Archives newsletter, March 1999
  47. Ms. Magazine, (vol. 19, no. 1) Fall 2009
  48. Off Our Backs: the Feminist News Journal, (vol. 33, no's 5-8; 11/12), 2003
  49. OUTloud, January 20, 2012; Vol. IX, Iss. 18
  50. Operandi Modus Number three, 3 Steps Back, Early Summer 2005
  51. SFLA (Southern Feminist Library and Archives) July 1985; August 1986

Processing Information

Organized and arranged by Lorraine Fontana, 2014-2015. Folder titles and folder-level descriptions created by Lorraine Fontana. Processing and electronic finding aid completed by Hilary Morrish, 2016.
Title
Lorraine Fontana:
Subtitle
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Georgia State University Library
Date
October 2016
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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