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Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303

February 28, 2014

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-08-11T13:42-0400
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus (Ga.)
Title: Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus records
Dates: 1980-2009
Quantity: 14.09 Linear feet (23 Boxes)
Abstract:The Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus (AFWC) was an all-woman singing group that performed in Atlanta, the Southeast and the United States from 1981-2009. The AFWC records document the formation and life of this unique southern musical group as well as its interaction with the rest of Atlanta and the LGBT community. Its records include office files, photographs, audio and video recordings, textiles, and artifacts.
Identification: W100
Language: English

Arrangement of the Records

The collection is in chronological order within series.

Scope and Contents of the Records

The records of the Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus, 1984-2009, consist of correspondence, administrative materials, photographs, newspaper clippings, audio recordings, video recordings, programs, posters, flyers, and other publicity materials. The records are divided into five series: I: Administrative Records; II: Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) Materials; III: Performance Programs, Flyers, and Related Materials; IV: Audio Materials; and V: Video Materials.

Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus History

The Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus began in 1981 when, influenced by a transplant from San Francisco, ten to 15 women came together to sing. In 1982, Linda Vaughan became the Chorus' first director. The Chorus never held auditions, believing that anyone who wanted to join should be allowed to sing. As a result of Vaughan's leadership and its policy of inclusiveness, the Chorus quickly outgrew its practice space which had been in personal homes, and moved to the First Existentialist Church for rehearsals and performances.

For close to 30 years, the Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus performed concerts in Atlanta and throughout the country, and during that time it developed a devoted fan base. It also served as a rallying symbol for the LGBT community in Atlanta and the Southeast.

In early 2009, the adverse economic situation forced the Chorus to cease operating. The remaining Chorus assets were transferred to the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus with the understanding that they would be used to seed a new women's/lesbian chorus in the future, when economic conditions might allow.

Index Terms

Gay pride celebrations
Lesbian activists
Women singers
Women's choirs
Women's music
GALA Choruses
GALA Choruses. Festival
Atlanta (Ga.)
administrative records
audiovisual materials


Restrictions on Access

A small amount of material containing members' personal information has been restricted. Please contact Special Collections to arrange 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], [series title], Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus records, W100, Archives For Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carol Harter for the AFWC, April 3 and 21, 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Hal Hansen June-August 2011. Finding Aid created using Archivists' Toolkit, by Hal Hansen, August 2011.

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Separated Material

Separated to Women's Periodicals
Hot Wire: The Journal of Women's Music and Culture, Vol7, No. 3, September 1991;
GALAgram: Vol. V No. 4, November 1990; Vol. VI No. 1, February 1991; Vol. V No. 1, February-April 1992; Vol. V No. 2, May-July 1992; Vol. V No. 2. August-November 1992; Vol. V No. 4, November 1992-January 1993; Vol. VI No. 1, February-April 1993; Vol. VI No. 3, Fall 1993; Vol. VII No. 1, Winter 1994; Vol. IX No. 4, Winter 1996; Vol. X No. 3, Fall 1997; Vol. XII No. 3, October-November 1999; Vol. XIII No. 1, March-May 2000
Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus Newsletter: November 1987; March 1988; April 1988; Vol. 1 No. 1, October 1990; Vol. 1 No. 2, January 1991
AFWC Chorus Line: Vol. 1 No. 3, February 1991; Vol. 1, September 8, 1991; Vol. 2, September 29, 1991; Vol. 3, November 3, 1991; Vol. 4, December 1, 1991; Vol. 6, January 12, 1992; February 1992; March 1992; October 1992; November 1992; December 1992; February 14, 1993; March 21, 1993; March 28, 1993; September 1993; October 1993; November 1993 February/March 1994; December 1994; February/March 1995; April/May 1995; October 1995; November 1995; December 1995; January 1996; March 1996; December 6, 1997
Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus Weekly News: March 16, 1997; November 30, 1997; January 9, 2000

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