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Richard Rhodes:

A Guide to His 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 2015



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-08-18T11:43-0400
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Rhodes, Richard, 1938-
Title: Richard Rhodes papers
Dates: 1987-1993; 2012; undated
Quantity: 2.125 linear ft. (in 4 boxes)
Abstract: Richard Rhodes was a lobbyist in the Georgia Legislature, focusing on gay and lesbian concerns. The papers include printed materials, newspaper clippings, correspondence, organizational minutes, bylaws and financial records, artifacts including buttons, hat, and textiles.
Identification: W138
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Richard Rhodes papers include printed materials, newspaper clippings, correspondence, organizational minutes, bylaws and financial records, artifacts including buttons, hat, and textiles, 1987-1993, 2012. The political material relates to Rhodes' involvement in LEGAL, the DeKalb Democratic Party, and the 1988 National Democratic Convention in Atlanta. Many of the newspaper clippings reflect on the impact of the gay community within Atlanta and the March on Washington in October, 1987.


Biography of Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes was born in 1938 in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Richard Rhodes participated in the March on Washington in October, 1987. While the event was "life-changing," he was not willing to come out openly. Richard Rhodes became involved in Legislate Equality for Gays and Lesbians [LEGAL] in 1988 as a district caucus member, and ultimately was elected as a delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. In 1990, Richard Rhodes became the Chair of the DeKalb Democratic Party. He has gained considerable knowledge and experience regarding how the Georgia legislature works, and has used it as a lobbyist. He promotes mainstream, gay, and lesbian concerns.


Index Terms

Gay activists
Gay rights
Political activists
Political parties
Voter registration
Democratic Party (Ga.).
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights
Atlanta (Ga.)
DeKalb County (Ga.)
audiovisual materials
buttons (information artifacts)
T-shirts

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Two items containing personal information available to researchers in redacted form.

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], [series title], Richard Rhodes papers, W138, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dave Hayward, September 28, 2012. Previously held at Fulton County Public Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Madelyn Shepard, June 2015. finding aid created by Madelyn Shepard, June 2015.


Related Material

Richard Rhodes oral history interview, Touching Up Our Roots Project, Archives for Research on Women and Gender.


Separated Material

Etcetera, Vol 6, No. 37, SE 14, 1990, (Stand up for the arts).


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