A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Richardson, Deborah J.
Deborah J. Richardson
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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.
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.
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.
Women in nonprofit
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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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
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contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], Deborah J. Richardson Papers, W086, Archives
for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia
State University, Atlanta.
Donated by Deborah J. Richardson, June 2008; December 2010.
Processed by Shannon Yaitsky, June 2010.
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: During processing,
printed material was separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals. See
List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the