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Lynn Hesse

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
404-413-2880
archives@gsu.edu

June 22, 2012



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-05-23T13:28-0400
Language: English

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
creatorHesse, Lynn, 1951-
Title: Lynn Hesse papers
Dates: 1985; 2011; undated
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet1 A/V Box, 1 manuscript box
AbstractLynn Hesse is a former policewoman of Dekalb County, Georgia, as well as a playwright, dancer and short story author.The collection primarily documents the sex discrimination case of plantiff Marsha Cofield, police officer, in 1985 against Dekalb County Government, but also includes some of Hesse's artisitc works and her biography and resume.
Identification: W104
Language:

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection primarily documents the sex discrimination case of plaintiff Marsha Cofield, police officer, in 1985 against Dekalb County Government, but also includes some of Hesse's artistic works and her biography and resume.

Her artistic works include a short story, from which she wrote a play that was performed at Emory's Schwartz Center; and performance of her oral history through dance.


Biography of Lynne Hesse

Lynn Hesse is a former policewoman of Dekalb County, Georgia, as well as a playwright, dancer, and short story author. Born in 1951 in Chanute, Kansas, she moved with her parents to the Buckhead area of Atlanta when she was a pre-teenager. After reading The Feminist Mystique by Betty Friedan at the approximate age of 15, she self-identified as a feminist. Hesse graduated through Clayton County Academy and went to work for Georgia State University as a police officer (post-certified) in circa 1977, and subsequently became a DeKalb County police officer, rising through the ranks of Master Officer and Field Training Officer to Sergeant. During her tenure as a Dekalb County Police Officer, she was denied her application for promotional testing and her compensation for arrests was diverted to other male officers. She and several other female officers were equally discriminated against. When a class action suit could not be organized, policewoman Marsha Cofield filed an individual law suit, in which Lynne Hesse was actively involved. Cofield won her case. Following her law enforcement career, Hesse has focused on her artistic pursuits which include dance and writing. In 1996, she was graduated (cum laude) in Dance from Georgia State University. She has created an "oral history performed in dance," and play she wrote, based on her own short story, was staged at Emory's Schwartz Center.


Index Terms

DeKalb County (Ga.). Dept. of Public Safety
Affirmative action programs--Georgia--DeKalb County
Policewomen--Georgia
Sex discrimination against women--Georgia
Women dramatists, American

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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Administrative Information

Citation

[tem], [folder title], Lynn Hesse Papers, W104, Archives for Research on Women and Gender, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lynn Hesse, 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Maddox, June 2012. EAD created by Paula Maddox, June 2012. EAD edited by Hal Hansen, November 2012.


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