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Sisters of No Mercy:

A Guide to Their Records 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 18, 2009

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Jill Sweetapple, June 18, 2009.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Sisters of No Mercy (Performing group)
Title:Sisters of No Mercy records
Dates: 1978-1984
Quantity: .6 linear ft. (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:The Sisters of No Mercy, feminist theater troupe, performed for more than three years in the early 1980s. Scripts, newsletters, newspaper clippings, research materials and photographs make up the records of the Sisters of No Mercy's performances at activist and feminist events in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Identification: W083


Folders are alphabetically arranged.

Scope and Content of the Records

The Sisters of No Mercy Records contains a variety of material. Member-marked scripts, promotional flyers, newspaper advertisement and articles are foldered for the specific event for which they were created, when known. The largest part of the collection is made up of over a dozen events at which the Sisters of No Mercy appeared. Another interesting feature of the collection is a folder of news articles on stories of the day related to women's issues, perhaps collected as research for further material. Additional materials include some performance notes, in many cases handwritten, news releases, financial records and photographs. Collection also includes a video tape with a brief excerpt of a performance and costume items.

History of The Sisters of No Mercy

The Sisters of No Mercy, also called The Atlanta Ad Hoc Women's Theatre at one time, performed in Atlanta for more than three years in the early 1980s. They appeared at benefits for groups as diverse as the Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament and for the Atlanta Women's Union on International Women's Day. The Sisters of No Mercy were a diverse group as to lifestyle, sexual preference, work identity, age and political priorities. Despite these differences, they promoted the power of women and used humor, music and drama to encourage others to affirm their own strengths. The Sisters of No Mercy developed most of their own material, a highlight being The Amazon Broadcasting System, a "fictional feminist network of the future," which poked fun at the television medium and the society it reflected.

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.

Sisters of No Mercy (Performing group)--Archives
Feminism and theater--Georgia--Atlanta--1980-1990
Women in the arts--Georgia--Atlanta--1980-1990
Atlanta (Ga.)


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], Sisters of No Mercy Records, W083, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lesly Fredman (W2009-07), Eleanor Brownfield (W2009-08), and Jesse Bathrick (W2009-09), February 22, 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Sweetapple, June 18, 2009.

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Related materials in this repository: EstroFest Productions, Inc. Records (W081)

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