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Dorris (Dotsie) Dutel Holmes:

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library

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

October 31, 2016

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-11-17T13:34-0500

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Holmes, Dorris, 1924-
Title: Dorris (Dotsie) Dutel Holmes papers
Dates: 1945-2010 [bulk 1968-1987]
Quantity: 5.8 Linear feet
Abstract:Dotsie Holmes (1924-2010) was a women's rights activist from 1951, when she first moved to Atlanta and became aware of community property laws and the discrimination women faced in home ownership and pay. She served in organizations such as the Atlanta Chapter of the American Association of University Women and the Atlanta Chapter for the League of Women Voters, and lobbied for the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia, 1973-1981. Her papers, 1945-2010, the bulk of which span from 1968-1987, include notes, newsletters, proceedings, memorandums, correspondence, articles, radio scripts, pamphlets, brochures, minutes, budgets and voter guides.
Identification: W143
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Organized into two series. Series I: Documents and Reference Materials, 1945-2010, consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, minutes, publications and handouts that document Holmes’ work with the League of Women Voters (1964-1989) and her activities with the women’s rights movement, with a particular focus on efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia (1970-1989). The ERA-centered materials contain Georgia legislative documents, notes, budgets, and congressional records. Series II: Art, Artifacts and Textiles, 1953-1997, consists of bumper stickers, buttons, identification badges, name tags and t-shirts all revolving around her work on toward passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Both series are arranged alphabetically.

Biography of Dorris (Dotsie) Dutel Holmes

Dorris (Dotsie) Dutel Holmes was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1924. She attended Loyola University with a major in sociology and a minor in history, and worked as a social worker and pre-school teacher. During her tenure at Loyola, she met her husband George Holmes and was married in 1944. They had four children, Jerelyn, Don, Mary Anne, and Laurie, during their 65 year marriage.

When she and her husband moved to Georgia in 1951, Holmes became increasingly interested in community property and the kinds of discrimination women faced in terms of home ownership and equal pay issues. Holmes joined the League of Women Voters, and served as vice president of the Atlanta chapter, as well as treasurer of the Atlanta chapter of the American Association of University Women. Holmes was a Georgia delegate at the National Women’s Conference in Houston during International Women’s Year in 1977, and participated in lobbying efforts for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia. She chaired Georgia's ERA Council. From 1988 to 1996 Holmes was on the DeKalb Library’s Board of Trustees, and from 1997 to 2000, was treasurer of the Chamblee Library Friends association. Holmes died August 7, 2010 after decades of committed work in her church and other local organizations.

Index Terms

Equal rights amendments
American Association of University Women
ERA Georgia, Inc.
League of Women Voters of DeKalb County
United States. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted 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], Dorris (Dotsie) Dutel Holmes Papers, W143, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Donated by Jerelyn Holmes Jordan, June 18, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Coleman, 2016.

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