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Georgians for Choice records

 Collection
Identifier: W078
Correspondence and printed material, as well as minutes and agendas, financial records, legal records, photographs, audio-visual records, and artifacts including textiles, 1974-2006 (bulk 1982-2006), document the legislative, organizational, advocacy, and educational work of Georgians for Choice to preserve reproductive choice in the state. Reference material documents legal issues, legislation, and various other organizations representing pro-choice and pro-life viewpoints. The Georgians for Choice records also contain materials relating to the administration, fundraising, and management of the coalition-based non-profit.

Dates

  • 1974-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1974-2006

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.

Extent

42 Linear Feet (in 83 boxes)

Overview

Formed in 1986, Georgians for Choice brought together a number of women's organizations in an effort to greater impact the protection and expansion of women's reproductive freedom in Georgia. The records consist of correspondence and printed material, as well as minutes and agendas, financial records, legal records, photographs, audio-visual records, and artifacts including textiles, that document the legislative, organizational, advocacy, and educational work of the organization.

History of Georgians for Choice

Formed in 1986, Georgians for Choice brought together 16 women's organizations in an effort to greater impact the protection and expansion of women's reproductive freedom in Georgia. Over time, Georgians for Choice grew to become to a 45 member coalition. Membership in Georgians for Choice was open to any organization supporting the coalition's mission and goals. Each organization paid a membership fee based on its total budget. However, no organization was denied membership due to an inability to pay dues. Additional financial support for the coalition came from special events, individual donations, organizational donations (special appeals), and foundations.

Georgians for Choice strove for diversity in both its membership and leadership, and in its selection of its steering committee, worked to ensure that members represented varied geographic regions and included women of color, organizations of faith, social services, the women's legal community, health care providers, educational organizations, and gay and lesbian organizations.

Serving as a clearinghouse for members, Georgians for Choice functioned as a centralized source for media referrals; had a video library on women's reproductive health issues; provided timely information on state and national legislation; provided a quarterly newsletter with state, regional, and national events; provided speakers for panels and forums; monitored clinic violence; provided clinic escorts and training; testified before state legislative committees; and conducted in-district and Washington meetings with members of Congress. GFC invested a great deal of energy in its Candidate Report Card, which provided voters with information on national, statewide, and local candidates for public office and their positions on reproductive rights. It also helped connect women seeking reproductive services to care providers who offered family planning, abortion, pregnancy care, adoption services, and financial assistance.

In 2008 Georgians For Choice changed its name to SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW and its mission to "collaborate with individuals and communities to build and sustain a powerful reproductive justice movement in Georgia by developing and sharing a radical analysis in order to shift culture; mobilizing in response to immediate threats and; organizing for long term systemic change."

Acquisition Information

Georgians for Choice

Online Availability:

Several items have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library's Digital Collections, Archives for Research on Women and Gender page.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository
  1. Pro-Life Newsletter collection, 1977-1993 (W046)
  2. NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia records, 1964; 1973-2006 (W072)
  3. Nancy Boothe Papers, 1980-2009 (W079)
  4. Planned Parenthood Southeast Records, 1955-2011 (W084)
  5. Beth Judy collection of Girl Vigilantes records, 1989-1992; undated (W087)
  6. Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment Depo Diaries records, 1999-2008 (W114)
  7. Kay Scott Oral History Interviews, December 2, 2010 and June 23, 2011. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  8. Leola Reis Oral History Interviews, September 19 and November 25, 2008. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  9. Elaine Taylor-Klaus Oral History Interviews, February 2 and May 22, 2009. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  10. Nancy N. Boothe Oral History Interview, July 3, 2007. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  11. David Ross Oral History Interview, March 29, 2012. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  12. Sarah Weddington Oral History Interviews, April 15, 1998. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)
  13. Judith Rooks Oral History Interview, April 26, 2004. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)
  14. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project, 1995- (W008)
  15. Activist Women Oral History collection, 2006- (W071)
  16. Women's Policy Group records, 1990-2008 (W094)

Separated Materials note

During processing, printed materials such as periodicals and pamphlets, were separated to Women's Printed Collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda Pellerin and Hilary Morrish, 2009-2010.
Title
Georgians for Choice:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
January 2008
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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