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Anne L. Harper:

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

April 2010

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Amanda Pellerin, April 2010.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Harper, Anne L.
Title:Anne L. Harper papers
Dates: 1979-1980; 1995-2004
Quantity: 2 linear ft. (in 4 boxes)
Abstract:Anne L. Harper is a civic leader in Atlanta, using her expertise as an educator and a business consultant to further the cause of girls' participation in athletics. The Anne L. Harper papers consist of files relating to her effort to draft a state bill and launch activities to further enforce the federal Title IX law.
Identification: W054


Files are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Anne L. Harper papers consist of files relating to Harper's effort to draft a state bill to further enforce the federal Title IX law. These files include copies of draft bills, meeting notes, related articles and editorials, and documents recording initiatives to promote Title IX. The Anne L. Harper papers also contain information on the Coalition for Gender Equity in Sports (CGES) including the by-laws, membership forms, and notes on planned activities. The papers detail Harper's speeches and work done at conferences and as part of her duties on the Atlanta School Board. The Anne L. Harper papers also provide statistical information regarding school athletics, particularly in Atlanta, and generally around Georgia. The papers include materials on other civic organizations with which Harper was actively involved.

Biographical and Historical Notes

Biography of Anne L. Harper

Anne L. Harper is a civic leader in Atlanta, using her expertise as an educator and a business consultant to further the cause of girls' participation in athletics. Harper graduated from Smith College in 1970 and went on to receive her doctorate in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She became a member of the Atlanta Board of Education in 1994 representing District 4 and served as Vice President. As a member of the Atlanta Board of Education, she advocated for increased opportunities for girls in the Atlanta Public School System by expanding the number of interscholastic sports offered. Harper launched the effort to draft a state bill that would mirror the federal Title IX law and provide specific enforcement of its regulations in Georgia's high schools. That legislation, sponsored by Representatives Kathy Ashe and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, was passed as the Georgia Equity in Sports Act in 2000. Harper founded the Coalition for Gender Equity in Sports (CGES) to advocate for and monitor the implementation of the law. Harper has been recognized for her commitment to progressive change by being named as one of the YWCA's Women of Achievement in 1995 and honored by the Women's Policy Group in 2001. Harper leads an independent management consulting practice, Harper Consulting, which offers strategic planning, organizational development and communications services.

Historical Note

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal funds. Under Title IX, Georgia public schools were required to provide equal sports opportunities for female students. The Equity in Sports Act further solidified Title IX requirements by providing for additional reporting and enforcement at the state level. The Equity in Sports Act passed both the House and Senate in the Georgia General Assembly, and Governor Roy Barnes signed the bill into law on March 15, 2000. The law came into effect on July 1, 2000.

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.

Harper, Anne L.--Archives
Atlanta (Ga.). Board of Education
Coalition for Gender Equity in Sports
Sex discrimination against women
Sex discrimination in sports
Sports for women--Law and legislation--Georgia
Sports--law and legislation--Georgia
United States. Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX


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], Anne L. Harper papers, W054, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Anne L. Harper, August 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda Pellerin, Spring 2010.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield Equity in Sports Act Collection (W082) [ link to finding aid ]

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, printed material was separated to the Women's Printed Collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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