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Mary Vick Graves papers

Identifier: W056

Scope and Content of the Papers

The collection documents the activities of ERA Georgia Inc. and the work Graves undertook as volunteer coordinator of the organization. This includes board minutes, correspondence, reports, grant proposals, financial records, newspaper clippings, and legislative materials. Also included is a file of anti-ERA materials. Although the majority of the records cover the years 1981-1983, there are some files dating back to the 1970s.


  • Creation: 1972-1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1981 - 1983


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 Mary Vick Graves

Mary Vick (Vicky) Graves was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1925 and lived there for most of her childhood. Although she began her college career at Auburn University, Graves went on to receive her BA in business at the College of William and Mary in 1972, and shortly after, successfully passed the CPA examination. She worked fora variety of CPA firms until her retirement. She is married with three children.

Graves' interest in the women's movement began when she was working for the state of Virginia. She realized that the state did not recognize any contribution a woman had made if she worked in a business with her husband (everything in the business was assumed to be his). Also, the state's inheritance and divorce laws did not recognize the financial contribution of women. She attended her first NOW meeting while living in Virginia, but she did not become active in the women's movement until she moved to Georgia and joined the 1981 campaign to pass the ERA. As volunteer coordinator for ERA Georgia, Inc., Graves distributed leaflets and marched in honor of the suffragists. After the defeat of the ERA, Graves went on to become involved in number of causes focusing on gender issues, including the Women's Society of CPAs.


0.42 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

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Mary Vick Graves' interest in the women's movement began when she was working for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The collection documents the activities of ERA Georgia Inc. and the work Graves undertook as volunteer coordinator of the organization.


Alphabetically arranged.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Vick Graves, November 1998.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Mary Vick Graves oral history interview, February 25, 1997. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)

Separated Materials

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals (W-Periodicals), see finding aid or online catalog for access

  1. National NOW Times: Official Journal of the National Organization for Women (NOW) (Washington, DC: NOW, September 1981)

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Pamphlets (W-Pamphlets) see finding aid for access

  1. "Cathey's Newsletter," (Cathey Steinberg), Spring 1981. [Steinberg, Cathey]
  2. "(The) Equal Rights Amendment means doing unto others as you would have them do unto you," (People of Faith for ERA in Georgia), undated. [People of Faith for ERA]
  3. "The Equal Rights Amendment: What it does and does not do," (Georgia Association of Educators), undated. [ERA]
  4. "The Equal Rights Amendment: What it really is," (ERA Georgia Inc.), undated. [ERA Georgia, Inc.]
  5. "The Equal Rights Amendment: Why we need it," (League of Women Voters), 1981. [ERA]
  6. "Equality for all: ERA by '82," (ERAmerica), undated. [ERA]
  7. "ERA and you: Building for the Future seminar on the Equal Rights Amendment," Georgia State University, November 21, 1981. [ERA and Georgia State University]
  8. "ERA: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex," (American Bar Association), undated. [ERA]
  9. "ERA means equal righs for men and women" (League of Women Voters), 1977. [ERA]
  10. "ERA means equal righs for men and women" (League of Women Voters), 1978. [ERA]
  11. "ERA the American way," 1980. [ERA]
  12. "For full and permanent equality...The Equal Rights Amendment," (ERAmerica), undated. [ERA]
  13. "Georgia women & the law: Lobbying for women's issues," (Georgia Women's Political Caucus), January 9, 1982. [Georgia Women's Political Caucus]
  14. "'Hello, I'm Anne Follis: I'm not a women's libber, but...'" (Cokesbury), undated. [Follis, Anne]
  15. "Homemakers need the Equal Rights Amendment," (Homemakers' Equal Rights Association), 1980. [Homemakers' Equal Rights Association]

Processing Information

Processed by Carole Bishop and Morna Gerrard at the item level, June-December 2004. Files have been arranged alphabetically. Printed materials have been separated and are listed separatly.


Mary Vick Graves:
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Repository Details

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