A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Long, Mary N.
Mary N. Long
25 linear ft., 10 in.
(in 47 boxes)
Primarily correspondence, minutes and agendas, notes and
writings, printed material including reports, and artifacts and ephemera make
up the papers of Mary N. Long, 1957; 1965-2000. Materials relate to her
employment at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Arthritis Foundation; to her
service to the Georgia Nurses' Association, Georgia Nurses' Foundation,
American Nurses Foundation, and other organizations; and to her work as an
activist and community volunteer, including numerous speaking and training
engagements as well as committee and board service. Long's political activism,
state government service, and activity on behalf of the Georgia Democratic
Party are also documented.
Organization of the Papers
Organized into seven series:
Series I. Personal, 1957; 1965-1998.
Series II. Grady Memorial Hospital, 1969-1987.
Series III. Georgia Nurses Association/Georgia Nurses
Series IV. American Nurses Association, 1976-1997.
Series V. Arthritis Foundation, 1985-2000
Series VI. Organizations and Events Files, 1969-2000.
Series VII. Political Activities, 1976-2000.
Series VIII. Collected Material, 1977-1999; undated.
Scope and Content of the Papers
Primarily correspondence, minutes and agendas, notes and writings,
printed material including reports, and artifacts and ephemera make up the
papers of Mary N. Long, 1957; 1965-2000. Materials relate to her employment at
Grady Memorial Hospital and the Arthritis Foundation; to her service to the
Georgia Nurses' Association, Georgia Nurses' Foundation, American Nurses
Foundation, and other organizations; and to her work as an activist and
community volunteer, including numerous speaking and training engagements as
well as committee and board service. Long's political activism, state
government service, and activity on behalf of the Georgia Democratic Party are
Some subjects and types of material may exist in multiple series.
Records related to the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta are in Series I, III, and
V. Speeches and presentations by Mary Long are documented in Series II-VII.
Biography of Mary N. Long
Nurse, activist, lobbyist, administrator, and pioneer, Mary Nathaniel
Long was born in Guthrie, Kentucky, in 1941. She moved to Atlanta in 1960 to be
trained at Grady Memorial Hospital's School of Nursing, from which she
graduated in 1963. Following a brief marriage, Mary Long embarked on a
distinguished career at the hospital. Starting as an ambulatory care nurse at
Grady, she also gained extensive experience volunteering at Atlanta's free
clinics and assisting local health organizations. In 1969, Grady Hospital, the
cornerstone of the region's public health system, made an active effort to
reach the greater Atlanta community by participating in Economic Opportunity
Atlanta's health fairs. Mary Long was at the center of this effort, also
helping to develop Grady's satellite clinics around that time. In 1971, Grady
created a new department, Central Referral, which acted as a first contact and
primary information resource for those unfamiliar with the hospital system, and
as an advocate, assisting patients and families with policies and procedures so
community members could receive the care they needed. Mary Long had developed
the program, and was the first Coordinator of the Central Referral Department
at Grady (her title later was Director of Community Health), a position she
held until 1985.
While working at Grady, Long began her extensive career of service to
the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA), and its philanthropic organization,
Georgia Nurses Foundation (GNF). An active member and chairperson of GNA's
Governmental Affairs Commission, Long gained extensive experience lobbying the
Georgia legislature, especially over key Medical Practice Act legislation in
1980. In 1981, she was elected President of GNA, the first African American to
hold the position. She served two terms as GNA president, until 1985. A member
of the City of Atlanta's Homeless Task Force, Long was instrumental in the
partnership between the city and the GNF that, in 1984, led to the
establishment of Atlanta's first clinic for the homeless. GNF eventually
operated two clinics for the homeless in Atlanta and one in Athens before
transferring their operation to St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services in 1998. She
was a GNF Board member and served as its president. Long remained active in GNA
throughout her career, through memberships in committees and task forces,
chairing GNA's Political Action Committee (GN-PAC), and serving her local GNA
district, District 5.
In 1985, Long left Grady to take a position as Vice President for
Legislative Affairs for the Arthritis Foundation, a national organization
headquartered in Atlanta. In 1996, she was promoted to the Foundation's Group
Vice-President for Public Policy and Advocacy, a position she held until 2002.
At the foundation, Long coordinated lobbying and advocacy activities by
supervising staff, overseeing the development of policy statements, and
motivating and training staff and volunteers in chapters nationwide for
involvement in the legislative process, both in their states and on the federal
level. Long also was a figure on the nursing profession's national stage,
occupying influential positions in the American Nurses Association (ANA) and
American Nurses Foundation (ANF). She was twice elected to the ANA Board of
Directors (in 1985 and 1987) and was elected ANA's Second Vice President in
1989. She served on numerous committees, task forces, and other ANA bodies,
including, in 1990-1993, chairing the steering committee for ANA's "Nurses on
the Move" Capital Campaign, which funded the move of the organization's
headquarters from Kansas City to a new facility in Washington, D.C.
The first minority woman to lobby the Georgia General Assembly, Mary
Long chaired GNA's political action committee, GNA-PAC, and later served on the
board of directors of the national ANA-PAC. In 1985, she co-authored a chapter
on state government for the book Political Action
Handbook for Nurses. However, Long's engagement with politics was not
limited to health care issues. Active in the movement to pass the Equal Rights
Amendment in Georgia and Secretary of the group ERA Georgia, Inc., in
1979-1980, Long was the first minority woman to win the Mamie K. Taylor Award
for Outstanding Contributions to Human Rights and Women's Equality from the
Georgia Women's Political Caucus. She was the first treasurer of the caucus's
political action committee. Long managed several campaigns for Atlanta and
Fulton County elective offices in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and was a
consultant to other candidates in Georgia. Appointed positions Long held
included membership on the Georgia Judicial Nominating Committee, on which she
was the first minority woman (1982-1998); the Georgia State Board of Architects
(1979-1988), and the Georgia Women's Health Advisory Board (appointed 2000) and
Minority Health Advisory Board (appointed 2002). Long served as a delegate to
the Democratic National Convention in New York, 1992, and in 2005 became board
chair of Georgia's WIN (Women In Numbers) List, a political action committee
for Democratic women in the state.
In addition to her distinguished careers in health care and advocacy
and to her political activity, Long has an extensive record of service to
local, regional, and national groups, including being the first
African-American president of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and membership on the
boards of numerous community organizations, including the Atlanta Food Bank,
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, and the Atlanta Women's Foundation. She is also
an active member of her church, Atlanta's Trinity United Methodist. Numerous
professional and community organizations have honored Long with awards,
including the Atlanta Urban League's Distinguished Service Award (1985) and the
Atlanta Women’s Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2005). Long was a
torch bearer for the Olympics held in Atlanta in 1996. Her peers in Georgia
nursing honored Mary Long's accomplishments by naming a professional award
after her. GNA bestows the Georgia Nurses Foundation Mary N. Long Award for
Innovations in Nursing Practice to "nursing pioneers who through their creative
thoughts and actions, have made a difference for nurses and nursing in
American Nurses Association
Democratic National Convention (1992 : New York,
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Georgia Nurses’ Foundation
Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.)
Olympic Games (26th : 1996 : Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Nurses’ Association
African Americans--Georgia--Political activity
Homeless persons--Health and hygiene--Georgia
Nursing--Law and legislation
Women political activists--Georgia
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[item], [folder title], [series title], Mary N. Long Papers, W062,
Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and
Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Donated by Mary N. Long, 2001.
All organization, including series designations and folder titles,
created during processing. Processed by Mary McMahon Dawson and William W.
A limited number of items in the papers were photocopied during
processing, either because of their physical nature or in order to redact
personal information so as to protect privacy.
Related materials in this repository:
Mary Long oral history interview, Georgia Women's Movement Oral
History Project, Women's Collection
Georgia Nurses' Association Records, Southern Labor
Grady Hospital School of Nursing Records, Southern Labor
Separated material: During processing,
printed material was separated to the Women's Printed Collections and to the
Southern Labor Archives Printed Collection. See List of Separated Material
following Detailed Description of the Collection.