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Janet Paulk:

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
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

1997



Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Morna Gerrard, 2005.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Paulk, Janet
Title: Janet Paulk papers
Dates: 1981; 1997; 2000
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft. in 3 boxes
Abstract:A grassroots activist at heart, Janet Paulk is passionate about a variety of social, political and gender issues. This collection consists of four audiocassettes, an interview transcript, copies of some of Paulk's poems (1997) - one of which is dedicated to long-time Georgia activist Maria Getzinger Jones, and one videocassette.
Identification: Manuscript Collection No. W020
LanguageEnglish.

Organization of the Papers

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content of the Papers

This collection consists of four audiocassettes, an interview transcript, copies of some of Paulk's poems (1997) - one of which is dedicated to long-time Georgia activist Maria Getzinger Jones, and one videocassette.

Audiocassettes include an August 15, 1981 interview with Mamie K. Taylor (which has been transcribed by staff at Georgia State University). Taylor, born January 14, 1900, began fighting for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 and was an Atlanta civic leader and crusader for women's rights until her death in 1982. Other audiocassettes are recordings made at an ERA GA., Inc. general meeting (speakers are Jane Glover, Sherry Shulman (now Sutton) and Cathey Steinberg), at their business meeting, and at their Workshop for Homemakers, all on May 16, 1981. The videocassette of "A Women's Rights Anniversary Celebration, 1998-2000" was produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association and distributed by the UU Women's Heritage Society. The script to the video includes information on Atlantan Maria Getzinger Jones.


Biography of Janet Paulk

A grassroots activist at heart, Janet Paulk is passionate about a variety of social, political and gender issues. Born in Grafton, West Virginia in 1932, Paulk was the daughter and grandaughter of Presbyterian ministers. Educated in music theory and piano at Maryville College in Tennessee, and business at Georgia State University, Dekalb Technical School and Emory University’s School of Business Administration, Paulk began working for the Emory University Library Administration in 1975. She contiued to serve the libraries at Emory for 23 years, most recently as human resources manager. During her tenure there, she became an outspoken advocate for the preservation of women's history. She was also active in national and local library associations. She retired from Emory in 1998.

Throughout her career, Paulk served many women-centered political and social organizations. She was treasurer and executive committee member of ERA Georgia, Inc. (1980-1982); treasurer and executive board member of the Georgia Women's Political Caucus (1982-1984); and a member of the Women's Studies Committee at the University Center of Georgia (1984-1988). Other affiliations include the Southeastern and National Women's Studies Associations.

Paulk has received many honors and awards, including special recognition from the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, for her involvement there in the Civil Rights Movement in 1968. She also received numerous appointments by the President of Emory University, specifically a charter membership on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (1976-1979) and two appointments to the University Affirmative Action Appeal Committee (1984; 1990). Today Paulk is active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta and resides in Decatur.


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.

Paulk, Janet,
Taylor, Mamie K., 1900-1982.
ERA Georgia, Inc.
Equal rights amendments--Georgia.
Women--Special events.
Georgia--Feminism.
Audiocassettes.
Videocassettes.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Portions restricted. The Emory University Special Collections Department must be contacted for any permission to reproduce or publish portions of the Mamie K. Taylor interview transcript or audiocassette.

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

Citation

[item], [folder title], Janet Paulk papers, W020, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Janet Paulk, 1997; 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by E. Lee Elzroth, 1997; revised 1999.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Two oral history interviews, dated April 10, 2002 and February 19, 2003, form part of the Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Collection (MSS# W008).


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