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Deborah J. Richardson papers

Identifier: W086

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Deborah J. Richardson Papers include newsletters, articles, speeches, programs, and audiovisual material related to Richardson's career and organizations that she served, including the National Black Arts Festival and the Juvenile Justice Fund. The papers also contain publications and case studies documenting other activist organizations and issues of interest to her.


  • 1996-2008


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.

Biography of Deborah J. Richardson

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1952, Deborah J. Richardson graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Political Science. In 1975 she began working for the Atlanta YWCA, as project director of its Project FOCUS, introducing high school girls to non-traditional careers. As director of the Phyllis Wheatley branch of the YWCA (1980-1987), she was instrumental in establishing Cascade House, the first shelter for homeless women and children in Atlanta. She also ran a capital campaign which successfully raised funds to renovate the Phyllis Wheatley facility. From 1987 to 1994, Richardson served as Executive Director of the Capitol Area Mosaic (CAM), which provided social, recreational, economic, and spiritual development for young women in the Atlanta area, and from 1994 to 1999, she was Managing Director for the National Black Art's Festival.

Richardson served as Organizational Development Consultant of the Georgia Center of Nonprofits from 1998 to 2004, and was also the founding Executive Director for The Juvenile Justice Fund (2000-2004). During her tenure with the Juvenile Justice Fund, Richardson became actively involved in efforts to end child prostitution in Atlanta, and worked on efforts to establish Angela's House, the first safe house east of the Mississippi for sexually exploited girls. In 2004, Richardson became Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the Atlanta Women's Foundation, and went on to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, Richardson became Chief Program Officer for The Women's Funding Network in San Francisco, California.


0.5 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

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Deborah J. Richardson has served as a manager and executive for a number of nonprofit organizations. Richardson's papers include newsletters, articles, speeches, and programs related to her career and organizations that she served, including the National Black Arts Festival and the Juvenile Justice Fund.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Deborah J. Richardson, June 2008 and January 2011.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Deborah J. Richardson oral history interviews, May 14 and June 24, 2008. Activist Women Oral History collection (W071)
  2. Atlanta Women's Foundation records, circa 1980-2003 (W051)

Separated Materials Note

During processing, Periodicals were separated to the Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals and books were separated to the Women's Printed Collection: Books. For periodicals see the Women's Periodicals Collection finding aid, for books see the online catalog.

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

  1. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer 2007

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

  1. A Future Not A Past Toolkit and Action Guide (Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, 2010)
  2. Transcript: Committee Hearings of the U.S. House of Representatives: Domestic Minor Sex Traficking, House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Committtee on the Judiciary, Washington D.C. September 15, 2010

Processing Information

Processed by Shannon Yaitsky at the file level for the Georigia Archives Institute, June 2010. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Deborah J. Richardson:
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Shannon Yaitsky
June 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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