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Lorraine Fontana:

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303

October 2016

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-11-28T13:34-0500

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Fontana, Lorraine
Title: Lorraine Fontana papers
Dates: 1947-2014 [bulk 1968-2010]
Quantity: 20.17 Linear feet (in 38 boxes and 1 oversized box)
Abstract:Lorraine Fontana is an activist for the LGBT community and has fought for social justice since her early college days. Her papers, 1947-2014 [bulk 1968-2010], include correspondence, conference materials, flyers, notes, programs and publications, representing her activities in Atlanta, New York, and elsewhere.
Identification: W110
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Lorraine Fontanta papers span from her birth certificate in 1947 to her endeavors in Atlanta in 2014, with the bulk of the papers documenting 1968-2010. These papers chronicle Fontana's school and college days in Queens, New York, her interests in spirituality, and her career as a civil rights and LGBT activist.

The papers comprise of articles, artwork, artifacts, agendas, brochures, correspondence, conference and workshop materials, employment documents, guides, minutes, newsletters, notes, pamphlets, photographs, publications, and toolkits as well as t-shirts and buttons. They document Fontana's activities as an activist with organizations such as VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), Atlanta Pride, Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Association, Lambda Legal, Queer Progressive Agenda, National Jury Project, National Lawyers Guild, Anti-Klan Project, Racism Action Project, and many other social justice causes.

Biography of Lorraine Fontana

Born in Queens, New York, in 1947, Lorraine Fontana became an anti-war activist and supporter of the Civil Rights movement early in life. After joining VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) in 1968, she came to Atlanta, and together with other feminists, founded the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA - 1972 to 1994), and later DARII (Dykes for the Second American Revolution). She trained at the People’s College of Law in Los Angeles (1976-79) and went on to work with the National Jury Project, Georgia Legal Services, the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in New York City (October 1999 to January 2004), and Georgia’s Lambda Legal Education Defense Fund (2006-2012). She was a member of the short-lived Queer Progressive Agenda (QPA), and is currently a supporter of First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta’s Social Justice Guild, the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, Charis Books, the Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, SAGE Atlanta, and Southerners on New Ground.

Index Terms

Civil rights
Gay activists
Gays--Legal status, laws, etc
Lesbian activists
Lesbian community
Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance
Lambda Legal
NJP Litigation Consulting
Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
United States. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Volunteers in Service to America
Atlanta (Ga.)
New York (N.Y.)
buttons (information artifacts)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Some items containing personal information are available in redacted form..

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series], Lorraine Fontana papers, W110, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lorraine Fontana, 2014.

Processing Information

Organized and arranged by Lorraine Fontana, 2014-2015. Folder titles and folder notes created by Lorraine Fontana. Finding aid completed by Hilary Morrish, 2016.

Related Material

Related Materials in Other Repositories
Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) Archives, circa 1972-1994, RL.00022, Duke University Libraries

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Separated Material

Separated to the Gender and Sexuality Periodicals Collection
GL -- Gay Life: Maryland's LGBT Community Newspaper, January 20-February 2, 2012
OUTloud, January 20, 2012; Vol. IX, Iss. 18

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