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Nancy Nowak:

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

June 21, 2007

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 1.0 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Lynda Kennedy, June 2007.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Nowak, Nancy
Title:Nancy Nowak Papers
Dates: 1972-1982
Quantity: 4.5 linear ft. (in 4 boxes)
Identification: W076

Scope and Content of the Papers

The collection consists of articles, correspondence, legislative information, speeches, and reports collected to educate and build support for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Artifacts include a card distributed by the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) with the Equal Rights Amendment on it and contact information for Georgia legislators and a sheet of ERA decals. The papers include a cassette tape.

Biography of Nancy Nowak

Nancy Nowak was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1938. She attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (B.A. in Biology, 1960) and Cornell University Medical College (B.S. in Nursing, 1963). In September 1963, Nowak joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Ethiopia as part of the Corps' medical team. Upon her return to the United States, she attended Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene, where she received a Masters in Public Health. From 1967-1970 she worked for the Indian Health Service (part of the U.S. Public Health Service) in Washington, D.C. and then Achorage, Alaska, and from 1971-1974, she was an instructor at the Arizona School of Nursing, before moving to Atlanta, GA. From 1980-1989 Nowak worked for the U.S. Public Health Service Regional Office in Family Planning. She then joined the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a program consultant in injury control, then program consultant for the their Division of Chronic Disease, studying breast and cervical cancer. She left Atlanta and the CDC in 2002.

Nowak first became interested in the the Women's Movement in 1977, when she attended a meeting of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She went on to join the NOW board in 1978, and, along with Mary Jo Duncanson, co-led the ERA State Network which worked to build a means of support and disemination of information throughout Georgia. She was also a member of the Homemakers for ERA.

A longtime member of the Universalist Unitarian Congregation, she also served on the Board of Trustees of the Universalist Unitarian Service Committee, (a separate human rights organization) from 1997-2004. She now lives in Duxbury, Massachsetts.

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.

Nowak, Nancy, 1938-
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], Nancy Nowak papers, W076, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy Nowak via Janet Paulk, January 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Lynda Kennedy, June 21, 2007.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Nancy Nowak oral history, dated January 25, 2006 forms part of the Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Collection.

Separated Material

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

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