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Maria Getzinger Jones papers

 Collection
Identifier: W021

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Maria Getzinger Jones papers consists of artifacts (bumper stickers, jewelry, lapel pins, a letter opener, name tags, a paperweight, pinback buttons, a ribbon), graphic materials (photographs, postcards and posters), and manuscript materials (correspondence, news clippings, notes, printed materials and publications) related to Jones' activism and interest in equal rights and feminism, through organizations such as Atlanta NOW and CLUW. Other issues related to women, circa 1967-2000, and personal materials, starting in 1946, are also included.

Dates

  • 1946, 1967-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1969 - 1985

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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.

Biography of Maria Getzinger Jones

Maria Getzinger was born in 1919 into a German-American family in Woodcliff, South Georgia, where her father owned a cotton farm. In 1936, after graduating from high school, she spent two years in Germany with her father's family, then returned to the United States where she lived for a year on the family farm. In 1939, she took her first job at the Curtis Printing Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where she met her future husband Charles Jones, and where she joined the International Typographical Union, the first non-discriminatory union that paid men and women the same salaries. In the late 1940s Jones and her husband transferred to the printing department of Park & Baird law firm in Los Angeles. Until her retirement in 1985, Maria Getzinger Jones worked in leading print shops such as Curtis, Stein, and Darby printing companies.

Raised a Roman Catholic, Jones joined the Unitarian Universalist Church. Her political activism and interest in equal rights originated in her work experiences, as well as from the inspiration of local and national feminists and activists. In the late 1960s Maria Jones became an early member of Atlanta NOW and was a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). In the 1970s she served in various capacities and actively participated in conferences and events held by both NOW and CLUW and in 1974, she represented the International Typographical Union on the CLUW National Coordinating Committee. Maria Getzinger Jones continued to be active as a member of NOW and other feminist organizations, attending the 1998 and 2000 NOW conferences and taking part in the events surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Declaration.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (in 11 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Maria Getzinger Jones' political activism and interest in equal rights originated in her work experiences, as well as from the inspiration of local and national feminists and activists. The Maria Getzinger Jones papers consists of artifacts (bumper stickers, jewelry, lapel pins, a letter opener, name tags, a paperweight, pinback buttons, a ribbon), graphic materials (photographs, postcards and posters), and manuscript materials (correspondence, news clippings, notes, printed materials and publications) related to Jones' activism and interest in equal rights and feminism, through organizations such as Atlanta NOW and CLUW.

Organization of the Papers

Organized into eight series:
  • Series I. Labor union materials, particularly AFL-CIO and ITU, bulking 1973-1978
  • Series II. Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) 1973-1977
  • Series III. National Organization for Women (NOW), bulking in the period 1967-1977, with some materials from the 1980s and 1990s
  • Series IV. Women's organizations and events, most notably the International Women's Year and Day, 1970-2000
  • Series V. Subject files, the bulk of which focuses on the ERA, feminism, and women's issues, 1968-2000
  • Series VI. Women and religion, 1970-1978, with some materials dating from the 1980s and 1990s
  • Series VII. Personal, 1946, 1974, 1997-1998
  • Artifacts

Acquisition Information

Donated by Maria Getzinger Jones, 1997; 1998.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project, 1995- (W008)
  2. Jeffrey Gordon Jones papers, 1993-1995 (W009)
  3. Susan A. Millen papers, 1979-1998 (W011)
  4. Janet Paulk papers, 1981, 1997, 2000 (W020)

Separated Materials

Separated material: Some materials have been separated: Most books have been removed for cataloging and added to the Women's Book collection. Various pamphlets, periodicals and Ms. magazine, 1972-1977, were removed and added to the Women's Printed collections. A list of artifacts is available at the end of the finding aid.

Processing Information

Processed by Lee Elzroth and processing staff at the file level, 1997-2001.
Title
Maria Getzinger Jones:
Subtitle
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1997-2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2004: 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

Contact:
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