A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Encoded by Morna Gerrard,
Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Cahill, Jeanne Taylor, 1932-
Jeanne Taylor Cahill papers
5 linear ft. in
Jeanne Taylor Cahill, civic activist and
businesswoman, was born in Alma (Ware County), Georgia in 1932. The Cahill
papers are comprised of subject files, personal papers and artifacts reflecting
the political, and activist activities of Jeanne Cahill.
Files are arranged under broad subject categories in alphabetical
order, including names of organizations and issues. Some printed materials have
been removed from the collection: a list can be found at the end of the finding
Scope and Content of the Papers
The Cahill papers are comprised of subject files, personal papers and
artifacts reflecting the political, and activist activities of Jeanne Cahill.
Series I, Subject files documents Cahill's service to numerous commissions and
organizations, including the Georgia Commission on the Status of Women, the
Coordinating Committee for the Observance of the International Women's Year
(1975), ERA Georgia, Inc., and the Democratic Party in Georgia. Series II,
Personal material includes newspaper clippings about Cahill and subjects of
interest to Cahill, correspondence, photographs, and biographical information.
Series III, Artifacts and textiles includes buttons, jewelry, t-shirts and a
towel related to the Women's Movement and efforts to pass the Equal Rights
Amendment in Georgia.
Biography of Jeanne Taylor Cahill
Norma Jeanne Taylor Cahill, civic activist and businesswoman, was born
in Alma (Ware County), Georgia in 1932. She graduated from Bacon County (GA)
High School (1949), attended Berry College (Rome, GA, 1949-1951), Jacksonville
Junior and Massey Business Colleges in Jacksonville, Florida (graduated 1953),
and studied business law and elementary psychology at the University of
Georgia, Waycross Center (1957-1958). Cahill married Al (William Alpheus)
Cahill in 1959, worked as Industrial News editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1962-1965, and worked with
various family businesses before, in 1972, becoming president of Cahill
Properties, Inc., a company specializing in land development and real estate.
Appointed in 1972 to the Georgia Commission on the Status of Women, she became
chair in 1973, and in 1974 she became the Commission's first and only paid
executive director. The position was funded for one year only. She was also
appointed to the White House Conference on Families in 1979, was a participant
on the Georgia Coordinating Committee for the Observance of International
Women's Year and involved in many civic organizations including the Georgia
Federation of Women's Clubs, the Cobb County (GA) Symphony, N.W. Georgia Girl
Scout Council and Leadership Atlanta. Cahill was also a member of the board of
directors of ERA Georgia, Inc., a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan
organization run by volunteers and financed by member contributions.
Active in Democratic politics, Cahill supported Jimmy Carter in the
gubernatorial and presidential races and served as a delegate to the 1974 and
1978 Democratic National Conventions. In 1975-1976, she campaigned for a seat
in the state House of Representatives, but was unsuccessful in her bid against
incumbent Ken Nix. Founder and CEO of Advanced Fitness Systems, 1981-1994,
Cahill was also president of the Buckhead Business Association, 1994, vice
president of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, 1982-1994, and in 1995 was
vice president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
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.
Cahill, Jeanne Taylor,
International Women's Year,
Women in community
Commission on the Status of Women.
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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], Jeanne Taylor Cahill papers,
W003, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections
and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Gift of Jeanne T. Cahill, May, July 1995; February, July 1996; May
Processed by E. Lee Elzroth, August 1995; February, August 1996; Morna
Gerrard, May 2005.
Related materials in this repository: An
oral history, conducted on December 1, 1995 forms part of the Georgia Women's
Movement Oral History collection (W008). An oral history, conducted on March 6,
1995 forms part of the Jeff Jones papers (W009).
Separated material: During processing,
books and pamphlets were separated to the Women's Printed Collection. See List
of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.