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Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus records

Identifier: W100

Scope and Contents of the Records

The records of the Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus, 1984-2009, consist of correspondence, administrative materials, photographs, newspaper clippings, audio recordings, video recordings, programs, posters, flyers, and other publicity materials. The records are divided into five series: I: Administrative Records; II: Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) Materials; III: Performance Programs, Flyers, and Related Materials; IV: Audio Materials; and V: Video Materials.


  • Creation: 1980-2009


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. A small amount of material containing members' personal information is restrcited for 75 years from the date of creation.

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.

Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus History

The Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus began in 1981 when, influenced by a transplant from San Francisco, ten to 15 women came together to sing. In 1982, Linda Vaughan became the Chorus' first director. The Chorus never held auditions, believing that anyone who wanted to join should be allowed to sing. As a result of Vaughan's leadership and its policy of inclusiveness, the Chorus quickly outgrew its practice space which had been in personal homes, and moved to the First Existentialist Church for rehearsals and performances.

For close to 30 years, the Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus performed concerts in Atlanta and throughout the country, and during that time it developed a devoted fan base. It also served as a rallying symbol for the LGBT community in Atlanta and the Southeast.

In early 2009, the adverse economic situation forced the Chorus to cease operating. The remaining Chorus assets were transferred to the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus with the understanding that they would be used to seed a new women's/lesbian chorus in the future, when economic conditions might allow.


14.09 Linear Feet (23 Boxes)

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The Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus (AFWC) was an all-woman singing group that performed in Atlanta, the Southeast and the United States from 1981-2009. The AFWC records document the formation and life of this unique southern musical group as well as its interaction with the rest of Atlanta and the LGBT community. Its records include office files, photographs, audio and video recordings, textiles, and artifacts.


Arranged in five series.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carol Harter for the AFWC, April 3 and 21, 2009.

Online Access

Some items from this collection have been have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Separated Materials

During processing, printed materials were separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals. See catalog or finding aid for access and specific issue information.

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals (W-Periodicals)

  1. Hot Wire: The Journal of Women's Music and Culture, Vol7, No. 3, September 1991
  2. GALAgram, 1990-2000
  3. Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus Newsletter, 1987-1991
  4. AFWC Chorus Line, 1991-1997
  5. Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus Weekly News, 1997-2000

Processing Information

Processed by Hal Hansen at the file level, June-August 2011. The collection is arranged in chronological order within series.


Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Hal Hansen
August 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)