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Sisters of No Mercy records

Identifier: W083

Scope and Content of the Records

The Sisters of No Mercy Records contains a variety of material. Member-marked scripts, promotional flyers, newspaper advertisement and articles are foldered for the specific event for which they were created, when known. The largest part of the collection is made up of over a dozen events at which the Sisters of No Mercy appeared. Another interesting feature of the collection is a folder of news articles on stories of the day related to women's issues, perhaps collected as research for further material. Additional materials include some performance notes, in many cases handwritten, news releases, financial records and photographs. Collection also includes a video tape with a brief excerpt of a performance and costume items.


  • Creation: 1978-1984


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.

History of The Sisters of No Mercy

The Sisters of No Mercy, also called The Atlanta Ad Hoc Women's Theatre at one time, performed in Atlanta for more than three years in the early 1980s. They appeared at benefits for groups as diverse as the Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament and for the Atlanta Women's Union on International Women's Day. The Sisters of No Mercy were a diverse group as to lifestyle, sexual preference, work identity, age and political priorities. Despite these differences, they promoted the power of women and used humor, music, and drama to encourage others to affirm their own strengths. The Sisters of No Mercy developed most of their own material, a highlight being The Amazon Broadcasting System, a "fictional feminist network of the future," which poked fun at the television medium and the society it reflected.


0.63 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Sisters of No Mercy, feminist theater troupe, performed for more than three years in the early 1980s. Scripts, newsletters, newspaper clippings, research materials and photographs make up the records of the Sisters of No Mercy's performances at activist and feminist events in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lesly Fredman (W2009-07), Eleanor Brownfield (W2009-08), and Jesse Bathrick (W2009-09), February 22, 2009 and (W2010-21), September 12, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Sweetapple at the item level for the Georgia Archives Institute, June 18, 2009. Folders are alphabetically arranged.

Sisters of No Mercy:
A Guide to Their Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
18 June 2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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