Beth English Collection of Disability History MaterialsBeth English Collection of Disability History Materials

Beth English Collection of Disability History Materials

Descriptive Summary

Title: Beth English Collection of Disability History Materials
Creator: English, Beth
Dates: 1968-2012
Extent: 3.0 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/347
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Beth English is the executive director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia. Her collection documents her work on the Commissioner’s Oversight Committee, which oversaw the closure of the Brook Run Center in 1997, her work as executive director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia, advocacy initiatives, and Central State Hospital, in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Beth English has served in many capacities as an advocate for those with disabilities in the state of Georgia. She is the Executive Director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia, an organization that provides support services to children and adults with disabilities. In 1997 she served as a member of Department of Human Resources Commissioner’s Oversight Committee that was formed to direct the closure of the Brook Run Center for the Mentally Retarded.

Scope and Content

The Beth English Collection of Disability History Materials contains items related to the Commissioner’s Oversight Committee on which she served from 1996 to 1998. These materials include commission reports, project papers, and meeting agendas related to the closures of the Brook Run Center for the Mentally Retarded in 1997 and the Georgia Mental Health Institute (GMHI) in 1998. English's work as executive director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia and advocacy initiatives undertaken with other organizations and the state legislature for the benefit of people with disabilities are documented as well. Materials related to Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia, are also included, notably a scrapbook on the Mayor's Motorcade, an event sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Series I. Commissioner’s Oversight Committee, Series II. Easter Seals and Related Advocacy, and Series III. Central State Hospital Materials.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Beth English Collection of Disability History Materials, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Conditions Governing Use note

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Angelica Marini, 2016.


Related Materials

Access Points

Central State Hospital (Milledgeville, Ga.)
National Easter Seal Society (U.S.)
People with disabilities--Deinstitutionalization--United States--History.
People with disabilities--Georgia.
People with disabilities--Government policy.

Related Collections in this Repository

Georgia Disability History Archive


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series I. Commissioner's Oversight Committee, 1996-1998

Extent: 1.0 box (1 linear foot)
Scope and Content: Series I. Commissioner’s Oversight Committee contains meeting notes, agendas, reports, and date from 1996 to 1998. The Commissioner’s Oversight Committee was appointed by the Director of Human Resources and oversaw the closure of the Brook Run Center in 1997 and the GMHI in 1998.
BoxFolder
11Tanner Commission Report, 1996 November 7
12Commissioner's Oversight Committee, 1997
13Brook Run Closure, 1997
14January 21 Commission Meeting, 1997
15Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 February 5
16Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 February 20
17[Brook Run Closure]
18Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 March 6
19Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 March 21
110Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 April 3
111Joint Meeting of the Board of Human Resources and the Commissioner's Oversight Committee, 1997 April 16
112Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 May 15
113Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 May 29
114GAO [Georgia Advocacy Office] Paper, 1997 May 21
115[Community Habilitation and Support Services- Brook Run], 1997
116Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 July 17
117Issues Briefing - Brook Run Closure, 1997 July
118[Georgia Waiver for Home and Community-Based Services], 1997
119Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 August 14
120Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 September 18
121Commissioner's Oversight Committee -, 1997 October 9
122Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1997 November 20
123Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1998 January 8
124GMHI Closure [Georgia Mental Health Institute], 1998
125Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1998 February 19
126Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1998 March 19
127Commissioner's Oversight Committee, 1998 April 16
128Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1998 June 4
129Commissioner's Oversight Committee -, 1998 July 16
130Commissioner's Oversight Committee -, 1998 September 17
131Commissioner's Oversight Committee -, 1998 October 8
132Commissioner's Oversight Committee Meeting, 1998 December 16
 

Series II. Easter Seals and Related Advocacy

Extent: 2.0 boxes (1 linear foot)
Scope and Content: Series II. Easter Seals and Related Advocacy contains material documenting English's work with Easter Seals Southern Georgia (previously Southwest Georgia Easter Seals Society) and advocacy initiatives undertaken with other organizations and the state legislature for the benefit of people with disabilities. Includes correspondence, reports, legislation, publications, brochures, and photographs.
BoxFolder
133Normal Life, circa 1997
134United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Atlanta, circa 1997
135American Habilitation Services, Inc., circa 1997
136KMGPC (Ken Marc/Georgia Provider Collaborative), circa 1997
137Res-Care Incorporated, circa 1997
138Gracewood State School & Hospital, circa 1997
139Southwest Georgia Easter Seals Society- Annual Reports, 1996-2011
140The Achiever- Southwest Georgia Easter Seal Newsletter, 1996-2008
BoxFolder
21[Easter Seals Awards and Recognitions], 1992-2004
22[Easter Seals Publications], 1995-2007
23[Easter Seals Conferences/Retreats/Manuals], 1996-2006
24["A Quality of Life Pilot Project" Easter Seals], 2006
25[The Easter Seals Correspondence], 1997-2005
26Section 811 HUD [Housing and Urban Development] Cuts, 2006
27Section 811 Funding [Correspondence], 2005
28Lifespan Respite Care Act (H.R. 3248), 2005-2006
29[State of Georgia Government Correspondence], 1999-2006
210[United States Government Correspondence], 1998-2006
211Mark Taylor Roast [Easter Seals fundraising event], 2001
212[Regional Board Fish Fry photographs], 2005
213[CDAG (Community Developer Association of Georgia) E-Newsletter], 2007
214[CDAG (Center Directors Association of Georgia) Publications], 1989
215CDAG [Center Directors Association of Georgia] Conference Presentation, 1998
216CDAG [Center Directors Association of Georgia] Conference, 1999
217CDAG [Center Directors Association of Georgia] Meeting, 1998
218-19[Center Directors Association of Georgia Correspondence], 1998
220[CDAG (Center Directors Association of Georgia) Fliers/Other Fliers], 2000-2003
221[Georgia Advocacy Groups Publications (The ARC, Disability Vote, Georgia Advocate Office, Southern Education Foundation, The Georgia Community Trust, Triad)], 1998-2008
222Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities [Publication], 1997-1998
223[Georgia Department of Mental Health Publications (DHR Georgia Department of Human Resources, American Association on Mental Retardation Georgia Chapter)], 1994-2005
224[Albany, Georgia Advocacy Publications], 1999-2003
225[Valdosta Scene Publication], 2005
226[AgrAbility Program (Plowing Ahead Publication)], 1991-1997
227[Legislative Briefing Books - Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse - Region 11], 1999-2002
228[Southwest Georgia Regional Board Annual Report], 2002
229[On Deaths in Group Homes - Atlanta Journal Constitution], 2001
230[Chapter 2: Administration of Mental Health (Georgia Laws)], 2007
231[Clippings on Legislation], 2001-2006
232[Correspondence on Controversy over House Bill 498], 2001
233House Bill 498 [to abolish the Regional Boards and Regional Planning Units], 2001
234[Basic Access in Publicly-Funded New Homes House Bill 150], 2000
235House Bill 100 [Paper: "History, Passage and Implications of a 'Quite Unexpected' Story" by Judith A. Fitzgerald], circa 1990
236[House Bill 100 Stakeholders Forum], 1997
237Legislative Issues [Reauthorization of House Bill 100], 1997
238HB [House Bill] 287 Levels of Care [Correspondence], 1997
239Accessibility Task Force [on House Bill 443; The Easter Seals], 1998-2000
240["Unlock the Waiting List" Campaign], 1998
241Unlock the Waiting List, 2006
242Unlock (the Waiting List) 2006 Effort (Letters), 2006
243Senate Appropriations HR (Human Resources) Subcommittee (Unlock the Waiting List), 2005-2007
244Budget/Medicaid (Correspondence), 2005-2006
245Peachcare (For Kids Government Funding) Advocacy, 2007
246Wheelchair Warranty Act/Assistive Technology Warranty Act (RESNA [Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America] News), 1997
247[Georgia Advocacy/Department of Human Resources Correspondence], 1997-2008
248[DHR (Georgia Department of Human Resources) NSE (National Support Enhancement Services) Information], 2005-2006
249[House of Representatives Lost and Found Directory], 2000
250[CDDC (Consortium of Developmental Disabilities Councils) National Conference], 1999
 

Series III. Central State Hospital Materials, 1968-2009

Extent: 2.0 boxes (.5 linear foot)
Scope and Content: Series III. contains materials related to Central State Hospital and date from 1968 to 2009. It includes a scrapbook dated from 1968 to 2004 organized around the Mayors' Motorcade event, a Georgia Municipal Association program that delivered Christmas gifts to patients at Central State Hospital, a DVD “American Story- Lost Graves” about Central State Hospital, June 2009, and drawing of a calf barn on the grounds of Central State Hospital.
BoxFolder
141Central State Hospital, circa 1997
142Mayors' Motorcade scrapbook [documents a program of the Georgia Municipal Association to deliver Christmas gifts to patients at Central State Hospital], 1968
Box
3Photocopy of original drawing of calf barn at Central State Hospital, undated