Georgia Disability History ArchiveGeorgia Disability History Archive

Georgia Disability History Archive

Descriptive Summary

Title: Georgia Disability History Archive
Dates: 1965-2015
Extent: 135.0 boxes (123.25 linear feet and 5.33 gigabytes)
Collection Number: RBRL/GDHA
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Georgia Disability History Archive began in 2013 as an outgrowth of the work of the Georgia Disability History Alliance, a partnership between the Shepherd Center (a spinal and brain injury hospital based in Atlanta), the University of Georgia's Institute on Human Development and Disability , the Russell Library, and others to preserve the state's disability history. The Alliance and Archive represent the first statewide initiative to capture and promote this history.

Scope and Content

The Georgia Disability History Archive seeks to document the vital and transformative work undertaken by disability activists, advocates, and organizations and, crucially, the experiences of persons with disabilities over the past 100-plus years in the state of Georgia. Major collecting areas include, but are not limited to: accessibility, activism and social justice, citizen advocacy, independent and community living, self-advocacy, education, employment, recreation, culture and pride.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some collections are currently being processed and not immediately available. Please contact russlib@uga.edu for information on when processing will be complete.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Mat Darby and Angelica Marini, 2016.


Related Materials

Access Points

Disabilities--Law and legislation.
People with disabilities--Care--United States.
People with disabilities--Civil rights.
People with disabilities--Deinstitutionalization--United States--History.
People with disabilities--Education.
People with disabilities--Georgia.
People with disabilities--History.
Protest movements.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Dottie Adams Papers, 1968-2007

Extent: 7.0 boxes (6.75 linear feet and 1 oversize folder)
Abstract: Dottie Adams is the former Individual and Family Supports Director for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. Her papers document her prolific career in advocacy and disability activism (1968-2009) and includes materials from her work with state agencies and commissions, support organizations, and philanthropic and activist work in the state of Georgia.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

ADA Training Materials Collection, 1990-2004

Extent: 2.0 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Abstract: The ADA Training Materials Collection includes curricula created by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) for states and organizations to use in implementing ADA education and training.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Annette Bowling Papers, 1999-2013

Extent: 2.0 boxes (1.25 linear feet)
Abstract: Annette Bowling served as the executive director of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center for over forty years. Her papers include materials related to her work advocating for people with disabilities, notably her service as chair of the Commissioner’s Oversight Committee, which oversaw the closures of the Brook Run Center in 1997 and the Georgia Mental Health Institute (GMHI) in 1998.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

John Chandler Papers

Extent: 1.0 box (1 linear foot)
Abstract: John Chandler has been the executive director of Star Choices, an organization that supports people with developmental disabilities in Macon-Bibb County, since 1985. His papers relate to his work with Star Choices, the Paulding County Retardation Association, the Macon-Bibb Housing Authority, and other groups. Includes annual reports, planning files, and news clippings.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is closed to research while it awaits processing.
 

Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy Records

Extent: 1.0 box (0.5 linear foot)
Abstract: Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy is a 36-year-old community-based non-profit organization that recruits, matches and offers support to over 110 local citizens in voluntary citizen advocacy relationships. To date, the collections includes newsletters, reports, brochures and other publications that document its work over three decades.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is closed to research while it awaits processing.
 

Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia Records, 2000-2011

Extent: 2.0 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Abstract: The Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia is an organization that addresses the legal rights of the disabled in individual cases, employment, and education. The records include documentation of the Center's policies and priorities, grant-funded activities, and employee engagement.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Beth English Collection of Disability History Materials, 1968-2012

Extent: 3.0 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
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.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Roderick L. (RL) Grubbs Papers

Extent: 4.0 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
Abstract: Roderick L. (RL) Grubbs (1959-2016) was an advocate for assistive technology, a disability rights activist, and a specialist in the Georgia Department of Community Health. His papers include subject files on a variety of disability-related topics and organizations and material related to Money Follows the Person, a state program.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Doug Hatch Papers

Extent: 4.0 boxes (4 linear feet)
Abstract: Materials related to Hatch's involvement with the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics as well as disability support organizations in Athens-Clarke County.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is closed to research while it awaits processing.
 

Mark Johnson Papers, 1965-2015

Extent: 12.0 boxes (10.5 linear feet)
Abstract: Mark Johnson is the Director of Advocacy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. He holds a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and has been an advocate and leader in the disability rights movement for over thirty years. His papers contain subject and chronological files, artifacts, t-shirts, and audiovisual materials related to his work as a disability advocate, organizer, and professional.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Carol Jones Papers, 1987-2011

Extent: 2.0 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Abstract: Carol Jones is an advocacy specialist at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and a long-time participant in the disability rights movement. Her papers include documents and memorabilia related to many advocacy issues and organizations, including ADAPT and the Long Road Home March and Rally.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Mary Kissel Papers, 1990-2007

Extent: 1.0 box (0.5 linear foot)
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.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Beverly Benson Long Papers

Extent: 44.0 boxes (43 linear feet, 1 oversize folder and 1.5 megabytes)
Abstract: Beverly Benson Long (1920-2015) served in state, national and international organizations as a mental health professional and advocate. Her papers document her extensive work and career in the mental health field and include correspondence, internal reports, papers, newsletters, memos, conference proceedings, and commission and board meeting materials.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Cheri Mitchell Papers

Extent: 4.0 boxes (4 linear feet)
Abstract: Cheri Mitchell is disability rights activist, advocate and self-advocate. The papers include material related to Mitchell's work with People First of Georgia, Long Road Home, ADAPT, and other disability rights organizations.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is closed to research while it awaits processing.
 

Beth Mount Papers, 1975-2010

Extent: 17.0 boxes (17 linear feet)
Abstract: Beth Mount has worked throughout her career to impact the lives of people with disabilities through person-centered planning and the transformative power of art. Her papers document her scholarship and research related to Personal Futures Planning and other work as well as her engagement with multiple projects and initiatives, both national and regional, related to developmental disabilities.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is closed to research while it awaits processing.
 

Reverend Calvin Peterson and Disabled in Action Atlanta Collection

Extent: 2.0 boxes (0.5 linear foot)
Abstract: Reverend Calvin Peterson is the founder and director of Disabled in Action, a non-profit organization with a mission to advocate, educate and empower people with disabilities living in poverty, their families and caregivers, and with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. The collection includes articles of incorporation, correspondence, press releases, news clippings, brochures, flyers, photographs, DVDs, and other materials that document Rev. Peterson and Disabled in Action's advocacy and activism.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Patricia L. Puckett Papers, 1971-2011

Extent: 2.0 boxes (2 linear feet)
Abstract: Pat Puckett is the Executive Director of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia (SILC) and an active member of many state and national organizations working to accomplish inclusive disability policy and services. Her papers document her advocacy for people with disabilities and efforts to influence the policies that affect their lives.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Don Schanche, Jr. Papers, 1986-2004

Extent: 1.0 box (0.25 linear foot)
Abstract: Don Schanche, Jr. is a journalist who has written for many Georgia newspapers. His papers document his investigative work on state hospitals and his coverage of disability issues throughout the state.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Eleanor Smith Papers, 1976-2014

Extent: 5.0 boxes (4.5 linear feet and 3.75 gigabytes)
Abstract: Eleanor Smith founded and directed Concrete Change, an Atlanta-based, national organization focused on establishing home construction practices that welcome people with disabilities. The papers document her work to create visitable homes, in a move towards universal basic access, as well as her activism across a wide range of disability rights and justice issues.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Southeast ADA Center Resource Collection, 1990-2010

Extent: 7.0 boxes (6.5 linear feet and 16 megabytes)
Abstract: The Southeast ADA Center provides information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability access for business, government, and individuals at the local, state, and regional levels. The collection includes materials created and distributed by the center for education, instruction and compliance with the ADA.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia Records, 1985-2013

Extent: 4.0 boxes (4 linear feet and 1.4 gigabytes)
Abstract: The Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia (SILC) is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1995 to identify societal barriers to independent living and to collaborate with other organizations to remove those barriers. The SILC's records document the organization's work to increase opportunities for independent living through statewide planning and advocacy.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.
 

Harriet Van Norte Papers, 1977-1999

Extent: 2.0 boxes (2 linear feet)
Abstract: Harriet Van Norte worked as a Director of Community Residential Services for the Georgia Department of Mental Retardation and was the Director of Consumer Affairs for the Georgia Public Service Commission in the 1990s. Her papers document the creation of a separate division to serve individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Georgia and her work with the Georgia ARC Network.
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is closed to research while it awaits processing.
 

Mary M. Wood Papers, 1972-2011

Extent: 4.0 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
Abstract: Mary M. Wood is an educator, researcher and founder of the Developmental Therapy Institute, which focuses on training, research, development and outreach in Developmental Therapy-Teaching (DTT). Her papers document her work to improve the lives of troubled children, teens, and their families through effective interventions and includes publications, research and grant files.
Scope and Content: To view more detailed information or to request materials, visit the finding aid for this collection
Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research.