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A Woman's Place records

Identifier: W013

Scope and Content of the Records

The collection consists of business plans and membership materials pertaining to the organization and activities of "A Woman's Place," 1980-1983. It includes forms and questionnaires for members, investment and meeting announcement flyers, invitations to functions, calendars, and other printed materials. Those from "Women's Faire '80" (May 31, 1980) concern a fair made up of 30-40 information booths manned by organizations such as ERA Georgia, the Rape Crisis Center, etc., which took place at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Atlanta. Directed by Polly Simpson, who was on the church's Board of Trustees at the time, the fair offered guest speakers, a support group forum for a variety of women's issues, food, music, games, and free child care.


  • 1980-1983


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Biography of Polly Brooks Simpson

Polly Brooks Simpson, civic activist and businesswoman, was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1939. After graduating from high school in Sparta, GA, she attended Agnes Scott College (1957-1958) and earned a psychology degree (AB, 1962) from Georgia State University. She later received a Masters degree in social work from Atlanta University (1978). Simpson has been involved in the Georgia Council on Child Abuse since 1979, serving as board president for two terms. In 1988, the Council named its Polly B. Simpson Distinguished Service Award after her, and she became its first recipient. From 1980-1983 Simpson served as the director of "A Woman's Place." She also organized and chaired Georgia Voices for Children (1989-1990), an advocacy group whose efforts resulted in the change of state child abuse laws. Other organizations that Simpson has been active with are the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (1989-1995), Georgians for Children (1991-), and the Fulton County Child Abuse Protocol Committee (1995-). In 1996, Simpson opened Vermillion, an Atlanta gallery. She married Charlie Simpson in 1960 and has two daughters.

Polly Simpson and others began "A Woman’s Place," a clearinghouse for women's resources as well as an organization for women, in June 1980. In late December 1980 and early January 1981, AWP entered into a purchase agreement regarding two houses on Monroe Drive that were to become its permanent location. In order to be supported by the population it served, AWP attempted to become one of two things: a limited partnership or a corporation. Members were asked either to buy shares of its stock ($1/share, 250 shares minimum) or to become a limited partner (investing $2,500 minimum). There was not enough financial support, and so the houses were not purchased. In November 1981, a "temporary" space was set up at Broadview Plaza [now Lindbergh Plaza] on the upper level arcade where meetings, art shows, films, discussion and support groups, workshops and other programs were held. The space also contained the organization's office, library, and a giant bulletin board for the exchange of information. Open six days per week, AWP depended entirely on volunteers for its staffing and administrative functions and on donations for operating expenses.

The organization began producing a newsletter, A Woman's Place, in 1981. In September 1983 the first issue of Femme was produced, which was issued as an insert to Atlanta's Creative Loafing newspaper. When AWP closed its offices on September 30, 1983, the Georgia Women's Consortium, a state-wide alliance of 32 organizations, took over the clearinghouse concept of the older organization. Simpson continued to co-edit Femme, and when the name was changed to Atlanta Woman in December 1983, she remained as co-editor.

Time Line:

May 31, 1980
The Women's Faire takes place at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Atlanta. It is directed by Polly Simpson, who is on the Board of Trustees at the church.
June 1980
Polly Simpson, and others, begin AWP. Simpson's home address is used for many of the "A Woman's Place" publications to follow.
December 1980/January 1981
A purchase agreement is signed by "A Woman's Place" to purchase two houses on Monroe Drive for use as a permanent location for "A Women's Place."
May 11-August 11, 1981
The Monroe Drive houses are rented by "A Women's Place."
August 11, 1981
The deadline for purchasing the two houses, at 1579 and 1589 Monroe Drive, for the "A Women's Place" location.
November 1, 1981
"A Women's Place" is "temporarily" located at Broadview Plaza, 2581 Piedmont Rd. It is open 6 days a week.
June 1982-early 1983
The Broadview Address is still given for "A Women's Place."
September 1983
"A Women's Place" is dissolved.


0.25 Linear Feet (in 9 folders)

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Polly Simpson and others began "A Woman’s Place," a clearinghouse for women's resources as well as an organization for women, in June 1980. The collection consists of business plans and membership materials pertaining to the organization and activities of "A Woman's Place," 1980-1983.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Polly Brooks Simpson, April 29, 1996.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Polly Brooks Simpson oral history interview, October 21, 1996. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)

Separated Materials

During processing, Newsletters which were accessioned as part of this collection, including A Woman's Place, Femme, and Atlanta Woman, have been removed to the Woman's Printed Collection: Periodicals. See finding aid (W-Periodicals or online catalog for access)

Processing Infromaiton

Processed by Lee Elzroth at the file level with assistance from MAD, September 1996 (level 2).
"A Woman's Place":
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2005: EAD created by Morna Gerrard.
  • 2005: EAD edited by Amanda Brown.
  • 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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