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Janet Paulk papers

 Collection
Identifier: W020

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Janet Paulk papers (1952-2013) consist of correspondence, financial records, audiovisual recordings, genealogical records, poetry, periodicals, flyers, and newspaper clippings. The bulk of the material comes from Paulk's work at ERA Georgia, Inc. during the campaign that culminated in early 1982 when she served as the group's treasurer. The collection also contains a smaller amount of materials collected by Paulk during her time working at the Emory University Library as well as personal and family items.

Audiocassettes include an August 15, 1981 interview with Mamie K. Taylor (which has been transcribed by staff at Georgia State University). Taylor, born January 14, 1900, began fighting for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 and was an Atlanta civic leader and crusader for women's rights until her death in 1982. Other audiocassettes are recordings made at an ERA GA., Inc. general meeting (speakers are Jane Glover, Sherry Shulman Sutton and Cathey Steinberg), at their business meeting, and at their Workshop for Homemakers, all on May 16, 1981. The videocassette of A Women's Rights Anniversary Celebration, 1998-2000 was produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association and distributed by the UU Women's Heritage Society. The script to the video includes information on Atlantan Maria Getzinger Jones.

Dates

  • 1952-2013

Creator

Restrictions on Access

One artifact restricted.

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. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
The Emory University Special Collections Department must be contacted for any permission to reproduce or publish portions of the Mamie K. Taylor interview transcript or audiocassette.

Biography of Janet Paulk

A grassroots activist at heart, Janet Paulk is passionate about a variety of social, political and gender issues. Born in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1932, Paulk was the daughter and grandaughter of Presbyterian ministers. Educated in music theory and piano at Maryville College in Tennessee, and business at Georgia State University, Dekalb Technical School and Emory University's School of Business Administration, Paulk began working for the Emory University Library Administration in 1975. She continued to serve the libraries at Emory for 23 years, most recently as human resources manager. During her tenure there, she became an outspoken advocate for the preservation of women's history. She was also active in national and local library associations. She retired from Emory in 1998.

Throughout her career, Paulk served many women-centered political and social organizations. She was treasurer and executive committee member of ERA Georgia, Inc. (1980-1982), treasurer and executive board member of the Georgia Women's Political Caucus (1982-1984), and a member of the Women's Studies Committee at the University Center of Georgia (1984-1988). Other affiliations include the Southeastern and National Women's Studies Associations.

Paulk has received many honors and awards, including special recognition from the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, for her involvement there in the Civil Rights Movement in 1968. She also received numerous appointments by the President of Emory University, specifically a charter membership on the President's Commission on the Status of Women (1976-1979) and two appointments to the University Affirmative Action Appeal Committee (1984, 1990). Today Paulk is active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta and resides in Decatur.

Extent

3.05 Linear Feet (in 8 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

A grassroots activist at heart, Janet Paulk is passionate about a variety of social, political and gender issues. The Janet Paulk papers (1952-2013) consist of correspondence, financial records, audiovisual recordings, genealogical records, poetry, periodicals, flyers, and newspaper clippings.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Janet Paulk, 1997; 2001, 2005, 2019.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Janet Paulk oral history interviews, April 10, 2002 and February 19, 2003. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)

Processing Information

Processed by E. Lee Elzroth at the file level, 1997; revised 1999. 2015 and 2019 accessions added by Hal Hansen, August 2019. The collection is arranged alphabetically.
Title
Janet Paulk:
Subtitle
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2005: EAD created by Morna Gerrard.
  • 2005: EAD edited by Amanda Brown.
  • 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.
  • August 2019: EAD revised and later accessions added by Hal Hansen.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)