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Nancy N. Boothe:

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
Fax: 404-413-2881

June 2010

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Hilary Morrish, June 2010.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Boothe, Nancy N.
Title:Nancy N. Boothe Papers
Dates: 1980-2009 [bulk 1990-1997]
Quantity: 6 linear ft. (in 6 boxes)
Identification: W079

Organization of the Papers

Organized into one straight series:
Series I. Documents & Reference Materials
Series II. Art, Artifacts and Textiles

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Nancy N. Boothe papers, 1980-2009 [bulk 1990-1997], are composed of articles, notes, reports and a wide variety of feminist publications. Much of the material documents the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women, which Ms. Boothe attended as Executive Director of Atlanta's Feminist Women's Health Center. Artifacts, artwork and textiles relate to the conference and to other women's and health issues.

Biography of Nancy N. Boothe

Born in Battles Wharf, Alabama (1948), Nancy N. Boothe graduated from the University of South Alabama as a registered nurse (1971). She received a B.S. in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia (1976), and a master's degree in Counseling from Troy State University [Florida Region] (1981). Boothe served in the U.S. Nurse Corps in the U.S. and Korea (1970-1984), and worked as clinical director and consultant at a number of health facilities in Louisiana and Florida. She became Executive Director of the Atlanta Feminist Women's Health Center in 1994. In 1995, she attended the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, where she taught the workshop, "GYN Self-Help." Boothe has served on the boards of All Women's Health Services in Portland and Eugene, Oregon; the Sexual Assault Center, Atlanta, Georgia; and the Jeanette Rankin Foundation, Athens, Georgia. She is also a member of the Feminist Majority Foundation's "Women's Commission for Congressional Oversight" and A.P.D. Citizen Review Panel.

History of the Feminist Women's Health Center

Founded in California in 1971 by Carol Downer (1933-) and Lorraine Rothman (1932-2007), the Feminist Women's Health Center was established to empower women through self-knowledge, education and self-help groups. The Atlanta Feminist Women's Health Center was established in 1977. Its mission is to "provide accessible, comprehensive gynecological healthcare to all who need it without judgment. As innovative healthcare leaders, [they] work collaboratively within [their] community and nationally to promote reproductive health, rights and justice. [They] advocate for wellness, uncensored health information and fair public policies by educating the larger community and empowering [their] clients to make their own decisions."

History of the Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace, 1995

The United Nations convened the Fourth World Conference on Women, September 4-15, 1995, in Beijing, China, with a Platform for Action that aimed at achieving greater equality and opportunity for women. Three previous World Conferences were held in Mexico City (International Women's Year, 1975), Copenhagen (1980) and Nairobi (1985). 189 governments and more than 5,000 representatives from 2,100 non-governmental organizations participated in the Beijing Conference. The principal themes were the advancement and empowerment of women in relation to women's human rights, women and poverty, women and decision-making, the girl-child, violence against women and other areas of concern. The resulting documents of the Conference are The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women manifested a global women's movement for change and has been called "the Woodstock of the women's movement."

The World Conference on Women was also accompanied by an informal meeting (August 30-September 8) of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This NGO Forum on Women, Beijing '95, brought together thousands of women from around the world to exchange information and ideas, celebrate women's achievements and contributions and draw attention and develop solutions to discrimination facing women world-wide.

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.

Boothe, Nancy N.
Feminist Women's Health Centers, Inc.
International Women's Forum
NGO Forum on Women, Beijing '95
NGO Forum on Women, Beijing '95 (1995 : Huairou Xian, China)
United Nations
World Conference on Women (4th : 1995 : Beijing, China)
Non-governmental organizations
Women --Social conditions --Congresses
Women --Congresses
Women's health services
Women's rights
Atlanta (Ga.)
Beijing (China)
Huairou Xian (Beijing, China)
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], Nancy N. Boothe Papers, W079, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy N. Boothe, 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, 2010.

Related Material

Related materials in other repositories: The records of the Atlanta Feminist Women's Health Center are housed at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women and Culture, at Duke University.

Related materials in this repository: An oral history with Nancy Boothe, dated July 3, 2007 forms part of the Activist Women Oral History Project. Women's health and reproductive justice materials can be found in the records of NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia (W072), Georgians for Choice (W078) and Planned Parenthood Southeast (W084).

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, periodicals and books were separated to the Women's Printed Collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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