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Deborah J. Richardson:

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 Shannon Yaitsky, June 2010.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Richardson, Deborah J.
Title:Deborah J. Richardson Papers
Dates: 1996-2008
Quantity: .5 linear ft. (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:Deborah J. Richardson has served as a manager and executive for a number of nonprofit organizations. Richardson's papers include newsletters, articles, speeches, and programs related to her career and organizations that she served, including the National Black Arts Festival and the Juvenile Justice Fund.
Identification: W086


Files are arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Deborah J. Richardson Papers include newsletters, articles, speeches, programs, and audiovisual material related to Richardson's career and organizations that she served, including the National Black Arts Festival and the Juvenile Justice Fund. The papers also contain publications and case studies documenting other activist organizations and issues of interest to her.

Biography of Deborah J. Richardson

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1952, Deborah J. Richardson graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Political Science.

In 1975 she began working for the Atlanta YWCA, as project director of its Project FOCUS, introducing high school girls to non-traditional careers. As director of the Phyllis Wheatley branch of the YWCA (1980-1987), she was instrumental in establishing Cascade House, the first shelter for homeless women and children in Atlanta. She also ran a capital campaign which successfully raised funds to renovate the Phyllis Wheatley facility. From 1987 to 1994, Richardson served as Executive Director of the Capitol Area Mosaic (CAM), which provided social, recreational, economic, and spiritual development for young women in the Atlanta area, and from 1994 to 1999, she was Managing Director for the National Black Art’s Festival.

Richardson served as Organizational Development Consultant of the Georgia Center of Nonprofits from 1998 to 2004, and was also the founding Executive Director for The Juvenile Justice Fund (2000-2004). During her tenure with the Juvenile Justice Fund, Richardson became actively involved in efforts to end child prostitution in Atlanta, and worked on efforts to establish Angela’s House, the first safe house east of the Mississippi for sexually exploited girls. In 2004, Richardson became Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, and went on to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation from 2006 to 2008. Since 2008 Richardson has been Chief Program Officer for The Women’s Funding Network in San Francisco, California.

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.

Richardson, Deborah J.
Atlanta Women's Foundation
Black Arts Festival
Community foundations--Georgia--Atlanta
Women in nonprofit organizations
Women philanthropists--Georgia--Atlanta
Atlanta (Ga.)
annual reports


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], Deborah J. Richardson Papers, W086, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Deborah J. Richardson, June 2008; December 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Shannon Yaitsky, June 2010.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Two oral histories, dated May 14, 2008 and June 24, 2008 form part of the Activist Women oral History Project (W071).

Separated Material

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

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