A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Encoded by Morna Gerrard, 2005.
Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Janet Paulk papers
1981; 1997; 2000
1.5 linear ft.
in 3 boxes
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.
Manuscript Collection No. W020
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.
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.
Taylor, Mamie K., 1900-1982.
Restrictions on 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.
[item], [folder title], Janet Paulk papers, W020, Donna Novak Coles
Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia
State University, Atlanta.
Gift of Janet Paulk, 1997; 2001.
Processed by E. Lee Elzroth, 1997; revised 1999.
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).