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Daphne C. Faulkner papers

Identifier: W012

Scope and Content of the Papers

This collection documents Faulkner's participation and activities in ERA-related organizations through letters, manuscripts, meeting minutes, a filmstrip, printed items and lists. Arrangement is by organization and event name (ERA Georgia, Inc.; People of Faith for the ERA in Georgia; United Methodist Church; and a White House Briefing on the ERA) followed by miscellaneous letters and writings of and by Faulkner.

The ERA Georgia Inc. materials, 1976-1980, include proposed Georgia Code changes for the 1977 legislative session, a copy of the U.S. House of Representatives' 1978 resolution to extend the ERA ratification deadline, and 1980 meeting minutes and nominating committee information.

People of Faith for the ERA in Georgia materials include form letters, programs, and invitations to events, rallies and religious services they sponsored (including a 1981 appearance by Mormon feminist Sonia Johnson), clippings pertaining to Johnson and to Helen Douberly (treasurer of People of Faith), circa 1979 membership forms, and educational materials (including the 1976 filmstrip What's All This About An ERA?).

Faulkner's activities, 1975-1981, with the United Methodist Church as a member of both the United Methodist Women and Church Women United are documented through correspondence, an Equal Rights Amendment Coordinator job description, and Faulkner's notes, program, follow-up letters and handouts from the 1980 South Atlantic States Workshop on the ERA held in Raleigh, North Carolina. Also included are signed statements, 1980, of ERA support from retired deaconesses, missionaries, and staff of the Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville, North Carolina.

The material from the February 12, 1980 White House Briefing on the ERA consists of correspondence and printed material issued by the Carter Administration, as well as miscellaneous educational material (1977-1980) which was distributed. The latter group contains undated (possibly published) printed items on "Hispanic Americans and the ERA" by Wilma Espinosa, and "Women in the Military" (unsigned).

The 1980 letters and a related clipping were sent to Faulkner from Georgia legislators regarding the ERA. Writings by Faulkner include letters, speeches and introductions, and autobiographical pieces written circa 1979-1986 about the ERA and women's issues. Letters and notes, 1995, from Faulkner to Jeff Jones and from Betty Dean (former secretary to People of Faith) to Faulkner pertain to the items Faulkner was giving to Jones which became the basis for this collection.


  • Creation: 1974-1981, 1986, 1995


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 Daphne C. Faulkner

Daphne C. Faulkner, religious and political activist, was born in 1930 in Columbus, Georgia. While she was ERA coordinator of the North Georgia Conference, United Methodist Women (January 1976-December 1979), Faulkner, along with Carol Goodspeed (director of Women's Concerns, Presbyterian Church), founded the Georgia chapter of People of Faith for the ERA. Faulkner was the organization's first president (1979-1980). She was also president, Atlanta Emory District, United Methodist Women (1974-1976, 1978-1980); chair, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, N. Georgia Conference, United Methodist Church (1980-1984); secretary, N. Georgia Conference Committee on Global Ministries, UMC; member of Church Women United, and on the board of ERA Georgia, Inc. As a member of these groups, Faulkner planned and attended conferences, did public speaking, and wrote letters to the editors of the Wesleyan Christian Advocate and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as to Georgia legislators, church officials, and others, regarding ERA-related issues. In 1983, after the failure of the state of Georgia to ratify the ERA, Faulkner returned to school and completed a B.A. in Bible and Religion/Psychology at Agnes Scott College, and took graduate courses at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. According to Faulkner's 1996 biographical questionnaire, "the Equal Rights Amendment changed my life immeasurably."


1 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Daphne C. Faulkner, religious and political activist, was born in 1930 in Columbus, Georgia. This collection documents Faulkner's participation and activities in ERA-related organizations through letters, manuscripts, meeting minutes, a filmstrip, printed items and lists.


Arranged topically.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Daphne Faulkner via Jeffrey G. Jones, December 1995; addition from Daphne Faulkner, June 1996.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Margaret Miller Curtis papers, circa 1973-1998 (W005)
  2. Jeffrey Gordon Jones papers, 1993-1995 (W009)

Separated Materials

Some brochures and pamphlets produced by these organizations and others have been removed to the Women's Printed Collection -- Pamphlets (See the finding aid W-Pamphlets for access).

Processing Information

Processed by E. Lee Elzroth at the file level, 1996.

Daphne C. Faulkner:
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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