A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Duncanson, Mary Jo
Mary Jo Duncanson papers
6.5 linear ft. in 14 manuscript boxes, 1 artifact box, and 1 oversize box
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.
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
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.
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,
ERA Georgia, Inc.
Georgia Women's Political
National Organization for
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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
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.
[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
Gift of Mary Jo Duncanson, 2004
Processed by Trish Bogdan, 2004.
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: During processing,
printed material was separated to Women's Printed Collections. See List of
Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.