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Mary Vick Graves:

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881


Profile Description

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Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Graves, Mary Vick
Title: Mary Vick Graves papers
Dates: 1972-1983
Dates: [bulk 1981-1983]
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft. in 1 box
Abstract:Mary Vick Graves' interest in the women’s movement began when she was working for the state of Virginia. The collection documents the activities of ERA Georgia Inc. and the work Graves undertook as volunteer coordinator of the organization.
Identification: W056

Organization of the Papers

Files have been arranged alphabetically. Printed materials have been separated and are listed at the end of the finding aid.

Scope and Content of the Papers

The collection documents the activities of ERA Georgia Inc. and the work Graves undertook as volunteer coordinator of the organization. This includes board minutes, correspondence, reports, grant proposals, financial records, newspaper clippings, and legislative materials. Also included is a file of anti-ERA materials. Although the majority of the records cover the years 1981-1983, there are some files dating back to the 1970s.

Biography of Mary Vick Graves

Mary Vick (Vicky) Graves was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1925 and lived there for most of her childhood. Although she began her college career at Auburn University, Graves went on to receive her BA in business at the College of William and Mary in 1972, and shortly after, successfully passed the CPA examination. She worked fora variety of CPA firms until her retirement. She is married with three children.

Graves' interest in the women’s movement began when she was working for the state of Virginia. She realized that the state did not recognize any contribution a woman had made if she worked in a business with her husband (everything in the business was assumed to be his). Also, the state’s inheritance and divorce laws did not recognize the financial contribution of women. She attended her first N.O.W. meeting while living in Virginia, but she did not become active in the women’s movement until she moved to Georgia and joined the 1981 campaign to pass the ERA. As volunteer coordinator for ERA Georgia, Inc., Graves distributed leaflets and marched in honor of the suffragists. After the defeat of the ERA, Graves went on to become involved in number of causes focusing on gender issues, including the Women's Society of CPAs.

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.

Mary Vick Graves, 1925-
ERA Georgia, Inc.
Equal rights amendments--Georgia


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Mary Vick Graves papers, W056, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Vick Graves, November 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Carole Bishop and Morna Gerrard, June-December 2004.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: In Special Collections, GSU: Oral history conducted February 25, 1997, as part of the Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008).

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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