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Special Collections and Archives,
Coles, Donna Novak
Donna Novak Coles papers
2.5 linear ft.
in 5 boxes
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.
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,
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.
Coles, Donna Novak,
League of Women Voters of
Committee on Constitutional Revision
Restrictions on Access
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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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.
[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.
Gift of Donna Novak Coles, December 1995.
Processed by Lee Elzroth, and Wesley Chenault, 1995-1998; revised by
Lee Elzroth, October 1999.
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