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Anne Olson :

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University 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

1997



Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Morna Gerrard, May 2005.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Olson, Anne
Title: Anne Olson papers
Dates: 1894-1938; circa 1965-1995
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft. in 7 boxes
Abstract: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.
Identification: W022
LanguageEnglish.

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 Education.

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).


Index Terms

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.

Olson, Anne, 1932-
Georgia Women's Political Caucus
Equal rights amendments--Georgia
Georgia--Feminism
Buttons (information artifacts)

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.

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.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], Anne Olson papers, W022, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisiton Infomation

Gift of Anne Olson via Diane Fowlkes, July 1997; addition 15 March 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by E. Lee Elzroth and Wesley J. Chenault, August 1997; updated February 2000.


Related Material

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).


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