Mary Kissel PapersMary Kissel Papers

Mary Kissel Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mary Kissel Papers
Creator: Kissel, Mary
Dates: 1990-2007
Extent: 1.0 box (0.5 linear foot and 1 audiovisual item)
Collection Number: RBRL/354
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Mary Kissel is a founder and interim executive director of Georgia Options. Her papers document her advocacy for person-centered care for individuals with developmental disabilities and her work with Georgia Options and other advocacy organizations.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Mary Kissel moved to Georgia with her family in 1989 and became involved with a local group exploring services and provider options for people with disabilities. Kissel's son, Eric, had severe disabilities and she found Georgia's support network for families limited. The group's mission changed and, in 1990, they incorporated Georgia Options as an organization to aid in providing supportive services for those with disabilities in the Athens area. Kissel served as Executive Director of Georgia Options for a number of years and also served a member of the Board of Directors. Kissel extended her advocacy work beyond Georgia Options as a speaker and has provided testimony before the Georgia Department of Human Resources and presented at numerous professional conferences and events. In 2003, Kissel was awarded the "Advocate of the Year" award by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Scope and Content

The Mary Kissel Papers contain speeches, presentation, clippings, and printed materials related to the founding of Georgia Options, and testimonies she came to various government departments. The collection includes “Campaign for Full Citizenship” a student film about disability rights created by Mary Kissel’s daughter, Laura Kissel in 1991, which has been digitized.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged as they were donated to the archives.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research.

Reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Preferred citation

Mary Kissel Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Conditions Governing Use note

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Angelica Marini, 2016.


Related Materials

Access Points

People with disabilities--Care--United States.
People with disabilities--Georgia.
People with disabilities--Government policy.
People with disabilities--Services for.
People with disabilities--Social conditions.

Related Collections in this Repository

Georgia Disability History Archive


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

BoxFolderBox
11Dedication [to] Michael [Queen], 2005 March 29
12Award Speech [Advocate of the Year], 2002-2003
13ORS Training, 2003 October
14Hearing Comments DHR [Department of Human Resources], 1990 May 17
15Advocacy, 2004
16[UGA] Law School Presentation, 1997 October 31
17IHDD [Institute on Human Development and Disability] Advocacy Class, 2004 July 22
18Annual Meeting [Georgia Options], 1992
19Rotary Presentation, 2007 May 30
110Testimony to Human Development Subcommittee, 2005
111DHR [Department of Human Resources] Advocacy, 2003-2004
112Macon ARC [Association for Retarded Citizens] Hat Speech, 2001 March 30
113RESA [Regional Educational Service Agency] Presentation, 2006 November 16
114Overheads: Interdisciplinary Teams Circles of Support Inclusion, 1996 May 7
115[Whoever Would Have Thought], undated
116[Human Rights Festival], undated
117AAUAP [American Association of University Affiliated Programs] Consortium on Inclusive Communities, 1994
118[News Clippings], 2003, 2006
119Splashes by Eric [greeting cards designed by Eric Kissel], 2004
item
UC RBRL/354/VHS 0001Campaign for Full Citizenship [a film by Laura Kissel], 1991 (Extent: 1.0 moving image )