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Mary Jo Duncanson papers

 Collection
Identifier: W059

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Mary Jo Duncanson papers, 1972-1984, document her involvement in the Equal Rights Amendment movement in Georgia. Organized into four series, the collection consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, minutes, agendas, speeches, forms, notes, one photograph, one poster, address and phone lists, and printed materials that primarily relate to ERA Georgia, Inc., National Organization for Women, and Georgia Women's Political Caucus.

Dates

  • 1972-1984

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 Mary Jo Duncanson

Mary Jo Duncanson was born in 1947 in Spring Grove, Minnesota. The third of five children, she spent her childhood in the Midwestern cities of Rochester, Minnesota; LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1969. She married A. Burton Bradley in 1974 and became the step-mother of his five daughters. She and her husband later had a son.

From 1969 until 1974, Mary Jo Duncanson worked in federally funded education programs in Detroit and in Atlanta. Once in Atlanta, she joined the Atlanta Chapter of the National Organization for Women and served as chapter treasurer. Acting as a delegate from Atlanta NOW, she became involved with ERA Georgia, Inc. and the Equal Rights Amendment movement. She was appointed ERA Georgia, Inc. network task force co-chair in 1981 and was active in lobbying efforts at the grass-roots level across Georgia. Her work put her in contact with members of the League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women, and the Georgia Women's Political Caucus.

After working as a business manager from 1974-1992, Mary Jo Duncanson began her career at Emory College as a secretary for the Soviet, Post-Soviet, and East European Studies Program (Russian and Eastern Studies Department). She later served as office manager for the Institute for Comparative and International Studies and was the Chair of the College Staff Consortium from 1998-1999. In 2000, she received the "Employee of the Year for Emory College" award.

Extent

6.5 Linear Feet (in 16 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Acting as a delegate from Atlanta NOW, Mary Jo Duncanson became involved with ERA Georgia, Inc. and the Equal Rights Amendment movement. The Mary Jo Duncanson papers, 1972-1984, document her involvement in the Equal Rights Amendment movement in Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Jo Duncanson, 2004.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Mary Jo Duncanson oral history interview, April 3, 2004. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)
  2. Diane L. Fowlkes papers, circa 1959-1998 (W018)

Separated Materials Note

During processing, printed material was separated to Women's Printed Collections. Material must be requested separately; consult archivist for access.

Separated to Women's Printed Collections: Periodicals (see finding aid or catalog for access)

  1. Atlanta News (Atlanta, GA: Atlanta N.O.W.), 1978-1985
  2. Atlanta Women's Era (Decatur, GA: Kathleen Light), March 1978
  3. ERA Georgia Newsletter (Atlanta, GA: ERA Georgia, Inc.), 1980--1982
  4. Georgia Federation of Democratic Women (Atlanta, GA: Democratic Party of Georgia), 1981
  5. Georgia Feminist (Athens, GA: Georgia National Organization for Women), November/December 1983; Fall 1984; Winter 1984
  6. Georgia National Organization for Women News (same as Georgia NOW News) (Athens, GA: Georgia National Organization for Women), May 1983
  7. HERA (Urbana, IL: Homemakers' Equal Rights Association), 1979-1981
  8. National NOW Times: Official Journal of the National Organization for Women (Washington, D.C.: National Organization for Women), 1978-1984
  9. Newsletter (Atlanta, GA: National Organization for Women, Atlanta Chapter), 1981-1982
  10. The NOW Times (Van Nuys, CA: [published by 6 chapters of California NOW]), October 1978
  11. Rising Up (Mt. Rainier, MD: Catholics Act for E.R.A.), September 1979
  12. A Woman's Place: Newsletter of the Georgia Women's Political Caucus (Atlanta, GA: GWPC), 1980
  13. A Woman's Place (Atlanta, GA: A Woman's Place), 1981-1982
  14. Women's Commemorative News (Lincoln, NE: National Organization for Women, Lincoln Chapter), July 1978
  15. Women's Political Reporter (Atlanta, GA: Georgia Women's Political Caucus), 1981-1984
  16. Women's Political Times (Washington, D.C.: National Women's Political Caucus), 1980-1984

Separated to Women's Printed Collections: Pamphlets (See finding aid for access)

  1. Campaign for Choice (New York: American Civil Liberties Union), undated [Abortion]
  2. Woman's Right to Choose, Child's Right to be Wanted (New York: National Organization for Women), undated [Abortion]
  3. We are Living in Alternative Times: News from WomanMade Products (West Hempstead, NY: WomanMade Products), 1980 [Clothing and dress--Catalogs]
  4. The Call Against a Constitutional Convention: Questions and Answers from the American Civil Liberties Union (New York: American Civil Liberties Union), undated [Constitutional conventions--United States]
  5. Dock H. Davis, Democrat for Congress, Sixth District (College Park, GA: Davis for Congress Campaign), undated [Elections--Georgia]
  6. Men and Women: Equal Work, Equal Pay (Washington, D.C.: The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission), 1979 [Equal pay for equal work--Law and legislation--United States]
  7. Can You Pass This TRUE-FALSE Test on the ERA? (Atlanta, GA: ERA Georgia, Inc.), undated [Equal rights amendment--Georgia law]
  8. The Equal Rights Amendment: Facts not Fiction (Decatur, GA: Georgia Association of Educators), undated [Equal rights amendment--Georgia law]
  9. The Equal Rights Amendment: What It Really Is (Atlanta, GA: ERA Georgia, Inc.), undated [Equal rights amendment--Georgia law]
  10. Georgia Homemakers + Housewives for ERA (Marietta, GA: Georgia Housewives for ERA), undated [Equal rights amendment--Georgia law]
  11. Yes ERA!: Some Questions and Answers about the Equal Rights Amendment (Atlanta, GA: League of Women Voters of Georgia), undated [Equal rights amendment--Georgia law]
  12. The Equal Rights Amendment: What's in it for Black Women? (St. Louis, MO: FOCUS/Midwest Pub. Co.), 1973
  13. The E.R.A. and the Black Community ([Columbia, SC]: South Carolina ERA Coalition), undated [Equal rights amendments--Minorities]
  14. The E.R.A. and the Black Community (South Carolina ERA Coalition and ERA Georgia, Inc.), undated [Equal rights amendments--Minorities]
  15. Minority women and the Equal Rights Amendment ([Washington, D.C.]: National Organization for Women), undated [Equal rights amendments--Minorities]
  16. Answers to Questions about Equal Rights Amendments (Washington, D.C.: National Woman's Party), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  17. Bringing Home Equality ([Washington, D.C.]: The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  18. The Equal Rights Amendment ([Washington, D.C.]: Communications Workers of America), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  19. The Equal Rights Amendment and the Family (Washington, D.C.: American Association of University Women), 1978 [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  20. Equal Rights Amendment Found Wanting (Washington, D.C.: National Council of Catholic Women), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  21. The Equal Rights Amendment: A Lifetime Guarantee (New York: American Civil Liberties Union), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  22. Equality for all: ERA by '82 (Washington, D.C.: ERAmerica), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  23. ERA: The American Way ([Washington, D.C.]: American Association of University Women), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  24. ERA: A Bread and Butter Issue (Washington, D.C.: American Association of University Women), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  25. ERA, Equality, and You ([Washington, D.C.]: The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  26. ERA means equal rights for men and women (Washington, D.C.: League of Women Voters), 1978 [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  27. ERA: YES (Washington, D.C.: National Organization for Women), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  28. For full and permanent equality . . . The Equal Rights Amendment (Washington, D.C.: ERAmerica), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  29. Go ERA 321 Go (Washington, D.C.: League of Women Voters of the United States), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  30. Homemakers need the Equal Rights Amendment (Urbana, IL: Housewives for ERA), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  31. If you are pregnant, ill, poor, minority, or disadvantaged . . . Beware of the Hook in ERA (Alton, IL: STOP ERA), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  32. No Retreat from Equality (Washington, D.C.: NOW National Action Center), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  33. Should Time Run Out for Equality (Washington, D.C.: NOW National Action Center), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  34. Spirit of '76 ERA (Washington, D.C.: American Association of University Women), 1976 [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  35. Support the ERA: Equal Rights Amendment (Santa Monica, CA: Women's Heritage Series, Inc.), 1971 [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  36. "We have four good reasons for supporting the Equal Rights Amendment . . ." (Washington, D.C.: ERAmerica), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  37. What happens if this man leaves the picture . . . (Washington, D.C.: Common Cause, ERA), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  38. What's Your ERA IQ? (Washington, D.C.: The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.), 1978 [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  39. Why Labor Supports ERA (Washington, D.C.: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  40. Who will defend America? ([Washington, D.C.]: The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  41. Will She Have and Equal Chance in Life? (Washington, D.C.: National NOW Action Center), undated [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  42. In 1972 the voters of Washington State approved an Equal Rights Amendment. Then What Happened? (Seattle, WA: Washington Equal Rights Amendment Coalition), undated [Equal rights amendments--Washington] [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  43. Catholics and the Equal Rights Amendment (Washington, D.C.: NETWORK), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  44. Christians and the Equal Rights Amendment: Coming Through the Confusion (Washington, D.C.: The Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  45. The Church, Religion, and the Equal Rights Amendment (Washington, D.C.: The Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  46. The Church, Religion, and the Equal Rights Amendment (Washington, D.C.: ERA Support Project), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  47. The Church, Religion, and the Equal Rights Amendment (Washington, D.C.: ERA Support Project), 1977 [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  48. The Equal Rights Amendment means doing unto others as you would have them do unto you (People of Faith for E.R.A.), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  49. "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." (People of Faith for E.R.A.), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  50. Equality of Women and Men: God's Plan at Creation (Washington, D.C.: The Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  51. Susan B. Anthony Invites You to Join Her as a Member of Catholics Act for ERA (Mt. Rainier, MD: Catholics Act for E.R.A.), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  52. Why Religious Groups Support the Equal Rights Amendment (New York: Religious Committee for the ERA), undated [Equal rights amendment and religion]
  53. How a Bill Becomes Law in Georgia (Atlanta, GA: Georgia Business & Industry Association), undated [Legislation--Georgia]
  54. Your General Assembly ([Atlanta, GA]: The League of Women Voters of Georgia), undated [Legislation--Georgia]
  55. How to join in the NOW Economic Boycott Campaign (Washington, D.C.: National Organization for Women), undated [National Organization for Women]
  56. NOW Goals (Chicago: National Organization for Women), undated [National Organization for Women]
  57. NOW Origins (Washington, D.C.: National NOW Action Center), undated [National Organization for Women]
  58. Atlanta Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Atlanta, GA: Atlanta NOW), undated Atlanta NOW (Atlanta, GA: Atlanta NOW), undated [National Organization for Women. Atlanta Chapter]
  59. How to Run for Office and Win (Savannah, GA: American Association of University Women, Georgia Division), undated [Political participation]
  60. "You Have a Lot to Win": Become a Delegate to Your National Party Convention (Washington, D.C.: National Women's Political Caucus), 1979 [Political participation]
  61. Democratic Women of DeKalb News (Decatur, GA: Democratic Women of DeKalb County), undated [Political parties--Georgia]
  62. The Facts of Life (Seattle, WA: Life Messengers), undated [Pro-life movement]
  63. Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Washington, D.C.: Federal Trade Commission), 1977 [Sex discrimination in consumer credit]
  64. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Women (Washington, D.C.: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), 1977 [Sex discrimination in consumer credit]
  65. How Women Can Get Credit (Washington, D.C.: National Organization for Women), 1977 [Sex discrimination in consumer credit]
  66. 80% of America's Working Women are Undervalued, Underpaid, and Underappreciated (Washington, D.C.: National Commission on Working Women), undated [Sex discrimination in employment]
  67. Discrimination Against Pregnant Workers is Illegal (Richmond, VA: ACLU Southern Women's Rights Project), undated [Sex discrimination in insurance--United States]
  68. A woman's guide to social security ([Washington, D.C.]: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare), 1979 [Social security]
  69. It's time to stop talking about women's rights in sports (Washington, D.C.: National Association for Girls and Women in Sport), undated [Sports for women]
  70. Come to [the] Self-Help Clinic (Atlanta, GA: The Feminist Women's Health Center), undated [Women--Health and hygiene]
  71. Feminist Women's Health Center (Atlanta, GA: The Feminist Women's Health Center), undated [Women--Health and hygiene]
  72. So much has been written about women. But so little has shown up in the libraries. (Berkeley, CA: Women's History Research Center), undated [Women--Library resources]
  73. Women in perspective ([Decatur, GA]: DeKalb News/Sun), 1979 [Women--United States]
  74. Here's an opportunity to be able to say "I'm doing something for women's rights." (Atlanta, GA: Feminist Action Alliance, Inc.), undated [Women in politics]
  75. How to Move Women into Appointive Office (Washington, D.C.: The Women in Power Committee of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year 1975), undated [Women in politics]

Processing Information

Processed by Trish Bogdan at the file level, 2004. The collection had some organizational order upon receipt, and that original order was respected as the Special Collections staff brought together materials of similar subject matter. Within each series, folders are arranged alphabetically by subject. The items within the Jessie Moinuddin folders in Series I are arranged chronologically. Artifacts, consisting of buttons, stickers, and a name tag, are found in manuscript box 14 and artifact box 15. The oversize item in this collection is housed separately and pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, and periodicals are housed in the Women's Printed Collections. See the separated materials note in this finding aid.
Title
Mary Jo Duncanson:
Subtitle
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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