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Donna Novak Coles:

A Guide to Her Papers At Georgia State Univeristy Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

1995-1999



Profile Description

Creation: encoded by Morna Gerrard, October 2003
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Coles, Donna Novak
Title: Donna Novak Coles papers
Dates: 1968-1984
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft. in 5 boxes
Abstract: Donna Novak Coles was active with the Feminist Action Alliance, Housewives for the ERA, Georgia Women's Political Caucus, the League of Women Voters, and she was one of the few individual members of ERA Georgia. Inc., the umbrella organization for all groups supporting passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The Donna Novak Coles papers, organized in two series, consists of manuscript materials (notes, correspondence, news clippings, printed materials and publications) related to Coles's participation in the Women's Movement and efforts to ratify the ERA, 1968-1984.
Identification: W010
LanguageEnglish.

Organization of the Papers

Organized into 2 series:
I. League of Women Voters
II. ERA/Women's Movement

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Donna Novak Coles papers, organized in two series, consists of manuscript materials (notes, correspondence, news clippings, printed materials and publications) related to Coles's participation in the Women's Movement and efforts to ratify the ERA, 1968-1984. Series I contains materials related to Coles's involvement with the League of Women Voters of Georgia, Inc., the bulk of which relates specifically to their state Constitution Revision Committee, 1968-1983; Series II contains materials relating to Coles' activities in other women's organizations and their efforts to ratify the ERA in Georgia, 1974-1984.


Biography of Donna Novak Coles

Donna Novak Coles was born in Atlanta, Texas, 5 December 1945. While in Texas, Coles participated in Democratic candidate Frances (Sissy) Tarlton Farenthold's 1972 campaign for governor. In Georgia, Coles was active with the Feminist Action Alliance, Housewives for the ERA, Georgia Women's Political Caucus, the League of Women Voters, and she was one of the few individual members of ERA Georgia. Inc., the umbrella organization for all groups supporting passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

As a member of the League of Women Voters of Georgia, Coles served as a chairperson on both the Legal Status of Women and the Georgia Constitutional Revision committees, and as a lobbyist. In 1995, Donna Novak Coles was named, along with her husband, businessman Michael Coles, as the 1995 Georgia Philanthropist of the Year. In 1996, she became a member of the Water's Edge Committee of the Georgia Women's Movement Project, a cooperative project of GSU's Women's Studies Institute and University Library's Special Collections Department, and was a member of the GSU Foundation from 1998 to 2001.


Index Terms

Coles, Donna Novak, 1945-
League of Women Voters of Georgia
Equal rights amendments--Georgia
Georgia--Feminism
Georgia--Georgia. Select Committee on Constitutional Revision

Restrictions

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.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], Donna Novak Coles papers, W010, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Donna Novak Coles, December 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Lee Elzroth, and Wesley Chenault, 1995-1998; revised by Lee Elzroth, October 1999.


Separated Material

Separated material: Some printed material (newsletters, pamphlets) has been removed and filed with the Women's Printed Collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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