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Mary Jo Duncanson:

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


Profile Description

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Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Duncanson, Mary Jo
Title: Mary Jo Duncanson papers
Dates: 1972-1984
Quantity: 6.5 linear ft. in 14 manuscript boxes, 1 artifact box, and 1 oversize box
Abstract:Acting as a delegate from Atlanta NOW, Mary Jo Duncanson became involved with ERA Georgia, Inc. and the Equal Rights Amendment movement. The Mary Jo Duncanson papers, 1972-1984, document her involvement in the Equal Rights Amendment movement in Georgia.
Identification: W059

Organization of the Papers

The papers are divided into four series:
Series I: Equal Rights Amendment
Series II: Lobbying and legislation
Series III: Political organizations
Series IV: Personal materials
The collection had some organizational order upon receipt, and that original order was respected as the Special Collections staff brought together materials of similar subject matter. Within each series, folders are arranged alphabetically by subject. The items within the Jessie Moinuddin folders in Series I are arranged chronologically. Artifacts, consisting of buttons, stickers, and a name tag, are found in manuscript box 14 and artifact box 15. The oversize item in this collection is housed separately and pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, and periodicals are housed in the Women's Printed Collections. An itemized list of materials that have been separated from the collection can be found at the end of this inventory.

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Mary Jo Duncanson papers, 1972-1984, document her involvement in the Equal Rights Amendment movement in Georgia. Organized into four series, the collection consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, minutes, agendas, speeches, forms, notes, one photograph, one poster, address and phone lists, and printed materials that primarily relate to ERA Georgia, Inc., National Organization for Women, and Georgia Women's Political Caucus.

Biography of Mary Jo Duncanson

Mary Jo Duncanson was born in 1947 in Spring Grove, Minnesota. The third of five children, she spent her childhood in the Midwestern cities of Rochester, Minnesota; LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1969. She married A. Burton Bradley in 1974 and became the step-mother of his five daughters. She and her husband later had a son.

From 1969 until 1974, Mary Jo Duncanson worked in federally funded education programs in Detroit and in Atlanta. Once in Atlanta, she joined the Atlanta Chapter of the National Organization for Women and served as chapter treasurer. Acting as a delegate from Atlanta NOW, she became involved with ERA Georgia, Inc. and the Equal Rights Amendment movement. She was appointed ERA Georgia, Inc. network task force co-chair in 1981 and was active in lobbying efforts at the grass-roots level across Georgia. Her work put her in contact with members of the League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women, and Georgia Women's Political Caucus.

After working as a business manager from 1974-1992, Mary Jo Duncanson began her career at Emory College as a secretary for the Soviet, Post-Soviet, and East European Studies Program (Russian and Eastern Studies Department). She later served as office manager for the Institute for Comparative and International Studies and was the Chair of the College Staff Consortium from 1998-1999. In 2000, she received the "Employee of the Year for Emory College" award. She currently works as office manager of the Institute of Jewish Studies at Emory University.

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.

Duncanson, Mary Jo, 1947-
ERA Georgia, Inc.
Equal rights amendments--Georgia
Georgia Women's Political Caucus
National Organization for Women
Women in politics--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], [series title], Mary Jo Duncanson papers, W059, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta. The Mary Jo Duncanson papers, 1972-1984, document her involvement in the Equal Rights Amendment movement in Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mary Jo Duncanson, 2004

Processing Information

Processed by Trish Bogdan, 2004.

Related Material

Related materials in other repositories: In the Women's Collection in Special Collections, see also the Mary Jo Duncanson oral history interview in the Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Collection (Manuscript Number W008). The Diane L. Fowlkes collection (Manuscript Number W018, Box 30) contains more detailed information on the conference "A Fabric of Our Own Making" and consequent book publication.

Separated Material

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

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