Library's Women's Collection Earns State Honor

The Georgia State University Library Special Collections Department is a winner of the 2005 Outstanding Archives Award. The award, which recognizes individuals, organizations and institutions that demonstrate outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia, honors the library‘s Women’s Collection for excellence in documenting women‘s political and feminist activities in Georgia.

The award is given annually by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB) of the Georgia Archives under Secretary of State Cathy Cox. GHRAB established the awards program in 2003. This year’s winners were acknowledged during a private ceremony in early October.

‘We are honored to have received the 2005 GHRAB Award for Excellence, says Pam Hackbart-Dean, Head of Special Collections. With these collections, we are able to document the story of women’s activism in Georgia. This rich collection brings scores of students and scholars from around the country to Georgia State University every year and we hope to prove worthy of the great and welcome responsibility that it brings.”

The Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women’s Movement Archives forms the foundation of the Women‘s Collection. This archive documents efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Georgia and the Second Wave of the Women’s Movement (1961–).

Contemporary feminist theory and political activity in the South are well documented in the papers, publications and organizational records of feminist activists and groups.

Women’s issues at Georgia State are recorded in the personal papers and publications of university faculty and staff.


The Georgia Women’s Movement Oral History Project contains interviews of those who participated in the Women’s Movement and worked to pass the ERA in Georgia.

The Women’s Collection was established in 1995 and is one of seven curatorial areas that comprise the University Library Special Collections Department.

Collection details and finding aids are at For more information or to visit the collection, call 404/651-2477.

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