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Gil Robison papers

Identifier: Q168

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Gil Robison papers, 1973-2011, consist of publications, legislative materials, pamphlets, handbooks and other materials relating to Gay life and AIDS in Atlanta.


  • 1973-2011


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 Gil Robison

Gilbert C. (Gil) Robison was born in 1947, and moved with his parents from Scooba, Mississippi, to Atlanta in 1958. In the late 1960s, he moved to San Francisco and became active in the anti-war and civil rights movements. Founder of the original Atlanta Gay Center in 1976, Robison won election to the Fulton County Democratic Party Executive Committee in 1977. He ran for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1988, the first openly gay political candidate in the state. He worked on LGBTQ issues and cases related to the AIDS epidemic as an attorney.


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Language of Materials



The Gil Robison papers (1973-2011) consist of publications, legislative materials, pamphlets, handbooks and other materials relating to Gay life and AIDS in Atlanta. Gil Robison was a Gay Rights activist and political leader from Atlanta, Georgia.


The papers are arranged in alphabetical order.

Custodial History

Gil Robison originaly donated these materials to the Fulton County Public Library Downtown Branch. Kelly Cornwell facilitated the transfer to GSU Special Collections on 2017.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Fulton County Public Libary 2017.

Related Materials

Related Materials at Other Repositories

  1. Gil Robison Papers, MSS 1152, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

Processed by Holley Pernini at the file level, May 2019.

Gil Robison
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Hal Hansen
June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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