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Jeanne Taylor Cahill papers

Identifier: W003

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Cahill papers is comprised of subject files, personal papers and artifacts reflecting the political, and activist activities of Jeanne Cahill. Series I, Subject files documents Cahill's service to numerous commissions and organizations, including the Georgia Commission on the Status of Women, the Coordinating Committee for the Observance of the International Women's Year (1975), ERA Georgia, Inc., and the Democratic Party in Georgia. Series II, Personal material includes newspaper clippings about Cahill and subjects of interest to Cahill, correspondence, photographs, and biographical information. Series III, Artifacts and textiles includes buttons, jewelry, t-shirts and a towel related to the Women's Movement and efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia.


  • 1953-1993
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1993


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 Jeanne Taylor Cahill

Norma Jeanne Taylor Cahill, civic activist and businesswoman, was born in Alma (Ware County), Georgia in 1932. She graduated from Bacon County (GA) High School (1949), attended Berry College (Rome, GA, 1949-1951), Jacksonville Junior and Massey Business Colleges in Jacksonville, Florida (graduated 1953), and studied business law and elementary psychology at the University of Georgia, Waycross Center (1957-1958). Cahill married Al (William Alpheus) Cahill in 1959, worked as Industrial News editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1962-1965, and worked with various family businesses before, in 1972, becoming president of Cahill Properties, Inc., a company specializing in land development and real estate. Appointed in 1972 to the Georgia Commission on the Status of Women, she became chair in 1973, and in 1974 she became the Commission's first and only paid executive director. The position was funded for one year only. She was also appointed to the White House Conference on Families in 1979, was a participant on the Georgia Coordinating Committee for the Observance of International Women's Year and involved in many civic organizations including the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs, the Cobb County (GA) Symphony, N.W. Georgia Girl Scout Council and Leadership Atlanta. Cahill was also a member of the board of directors of ERA Georgia, Inc., a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization run by volunteers and financed by member contributions.

Active in Democratic politics, Cahill supported Jimmy Carter in the gubernatorial and presidential races and served as a delegate to the 1974 and 1978 Democratic National Conventions. In 1975-1976, she campaigned for a seat in the state House of Representatives, but was unsuccessful in her bid against incumbent Ken Nix. Founder and CEO of Advanced Fitness Systems, 1981-1994, Cahill was also president of the Buckhead Business Association, 1994, vice president of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, 1982-1994, and in 1995 was vice president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission.


5 Linear Feet (in 8 boxes)

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Jeanne Taylor Cahill, civic activist and businesswoman, was born in Alma (Ware County), Georgia in 1932. The Cahill papers are comprised of subject files, personal papers and artifacts reflecting the political, and activist activities of Jeanne Cahill.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jeanne T. Cahill, May, July 1995; February, July 1996; May 2005.

Online Availability:

Several items have been digitized and are available online Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Jeffrey Gordon Jones papers, 1993-1995 (W009)
  2. Jeanne Taylor Cahill oral history interview, December 1, 1995. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)

Separated Materials

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Spec Books, see online catalog for access

  1. Atlanta Professional Women's Directory. (Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Professional Women's Directory, Inc.) 1981

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

  1. The New York Times Magazine, June 24, 1973

Processing Information

Processed by E. Lee Elzroth at the file level, August 1995; February, August 1996; Morna Gerrard, May 2005. Files are arranged under broad subject categories in alphabetical order, including names of organizations and issues. Some printed materials have been removed from the collection: a list can be found at the end of the finding aid.
Jeanne Taylor Cahill:
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
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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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