A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Encoded by Morna Gerrard, May 2005.
Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Anne Olson papers
1894-1938; circa 1965-1995
2.5 linear ft.
in 7 boxes
Anne Olson has had a
long-standing interest in feminist and human rights issues: She has been an
active participant in a number of community organizations, including the Dekalb
League of Women Voters (1966-1968) and The American Civil Liberties Union of
Georgia (1969-1972). The collection contains materials (pamphlets, flyers,
clippings, memos and correspondence) related to Olson’s interest in
women’s rights and support of ERA ratification, 1970-1982, her
involvement in the Georgia Women’s Political Caucus, 1983, and in the
Unitarian Universalist Association, 1970-1981.
Organization of the Papers
Files arranged alphabetically.
Scope and Content of the Papers
The collection contains materials (pamphlets, flyers, clippings, memos
and correspondence) related to Olson’s interest in women’s rights
and support of ERA ratification, 1970-1982, her involvement in the Georgia
Women’s Political Caucus, 1983, and in the Unitarian Universalist
Association, 1970-1981. There is also information on women and labor (Title
29), 1969-1972, copies of the publication Rights and other materials related to
the National Civil Liberties Union, 1978-1984.
A sizeable portion of the papers consists of materials for the
research Olson undertook in preparation for the Women’s Equality Day
Rally held 26 August 1981, which honored Georgia's suffragists. Included are
six folders of entirely photocopied items containing covers and articles from
The Suffragist and Equal
Rights, both published by the National Woman’s Party, providing
information on Georgia and Atlanta branches and leaders, ERAs, women’s
vote, and suffrage cartoons. One folder contains the photocopied entirety of
A Spinster’s Leaflets by Alyn Yates Keith,
1894 (see also GSU microfilm E6447. R5713). Items copied from the Raoul Family
Papers at Emory University pertain to the first suffrage parade in Georgia,
1915, and correspondence between Raoul and the National Woman’s Party,
the National American Women’s Suffragist Association and the Equal
Suffrage Party of Georgia, 1915-1921.
The artifacts, which reflect Olson’s varied interests, consist
of over 100 pinback buttons (peace activism, political campaigns, reproductive
rights, and women’s issues), one yellow "March for Women’s
Equality, Women’s Lives" ribbon (originally with two [round] stickers re
reproductive rights) and one maroon ribbon (originally with one pinback re
reproductive rights), ca. 1965-1990; and one unframed poster, "Weaving
Women’s Colors: A Decade of Empowerment, NWSA ‘87."
These items were originally on a cork bulletin board compiled by Anne
Olson, but have been removed for archival housing and better access.
Photographs of the original bulletin board are included.
Biography of Anne Olson
Anne Olson was born in Madison Wisconsin in 1934. She received a BS in
nutrition from the University of Oklahoma (1956), completed a dietetic
internship at the University of Michigan (1956-1957) and earned her MS in
dietary administration from the University of Kansas (1962). From 1962 to 1967,
Olson was an instructor in nutrition at Emory University's School of Nursing,
as well as, in 1965, serving as nutritionist for Quaker House's Project
Headstart. In 1974, she became a marketing consultant for the Florida
Department of Citrus and from 1974 until her retirement in 1999, she was an
administrator in School/Community Nutrition for Georgia's Department of
Olson has had a long-standing interest in feminist and human rights
issues: She has been an active participant in a number of community
organizations, including the Dekalb League of Women Voters (1966-1968) and The
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (1969-1972). She belonged to the
International Association of Religious Freedom and the International
Association of Liberal Religious Women (1987); was a founding member of
Atlanta’s Charis Circle (1996-1998); and served as the co-chair of Human
Rights Atlanta (1998-1999). Currently Olson is involved with the Georgia Living
Wage Campaign, as well as the Atlanta Living Wage Campaign.
Olson has enjoyed a long relationship with the Unitarian Universalist
Association, beginning in 1971, when she served on the Board of Directors of
the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. She was also a member of
the Board of Directors of the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation
(1983-1989), and has served in various positions for the Thurman Hamer
Ellington Unitarian Universalist Church, Atlanta (1994-1999).
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Georgia Women's Political
Restrictions on 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.
Copyright may still be retained by publisher or author's heirs; Raoul
Family documents may not be copied or cited without permission of Emory
University Special Collection Department.
[item], [folder title], Anne Olson papers, W022, Donna Novak Coles
Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia
State University, Atlanta.
Gift of Anne Olson via Diane Fowlkes, July 1997; addition 15 March
Processed by E. Lee Elzroth and Wesley J. Chenault, August 1997;
updated February 2000.
Related materials in this repository: An
oral history, recorded on April 22, 2005 forms part of the Georgia Women's
Movement Oral History collection (MSS# W008).