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Social Change Collection

The Social Change Collections began in 2009 and document select social movements, primarily in Georgia. Included are topics and activities such as community building, education policy, political campaigning, lobbying, strike action, student activism, civil and gender rights, anti-death penalty, homelessness, civil disobedience, social activism, and environmentalism.


Michael H. Trotter Papers 1962-2012 Correspondence, reports, speeches, articles and newspaper clippings, certificates, bound volumes, resolutions and proclamations spanning more that forty years of civic activism. (Y001)

Millard Farmer Papers 1960-1995; 2001-2002 [bulk 1975-1995] Attorney Millard Farmer has fought against the death penalty since the 1960s. His papers primarily comprise legal files and records, the papers include correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, and printed material such as reports, articles, and clippings. (Y002)

Joan O. King Papers 1975-2010 Correspondence and printed material such as fact sheets and articles on the nuclear power industry. Much of the collection contains articles and letters written by Mrs. King, regarding the hazardous nature of the nuclear industry, including reactors, radioactive material, and nuclear repository sites such as Yucca Mountain. (Y003)

Diana Eidson Papers 2010-2012 Diana Eidson was Assistant Director of Lower Division Studies at Georgia State University’s English Department while working on her doctorate in Composition and Rhetoric. Her papers consist of printed material including flyers, protest chants, and booklets, and correspondence and notes, relating to social justice events such as Occupy Atlanta/Occupy GSU (Georgia State University) and Fair Food Justice. (Y004)

Dan Sweat Papers 1964-1986 Correspondence, minutes and agendas, notes, financial records, and such printed materials as clippings and reports, document philanthropy, planning, education, and religious organizations in the Atlanta area through Sweat’s association with many non-profit organizations, community groups, and educational institutions. (Y005)

Ed Arnold Papers, 1976-2009 Ed Arnold served as executive director of the Atlanta chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. His papers (1976-2009) consists of office files, meetings minutes, conferences, workshops, campaign flyers, project information, audio and visual materials, periodicals, and artifacts documenting his environmentalism and antinuclear activism. (Y006)

Chris Valley Papers, 1962-2009 Correspondence and printed material, including reports, periodicals and articles, pamphlets and publicity material, programs and invitations, and procedural documents. The materials document Valley’s work at the non-profit organization, Families First, as well as other aspects of his professional career. (Y008)

Sam Collier Papers 1985-2008 Sam Collier was a key member of the Sierra Club in the Southeast, working to protect the environment. The Sam Collier papers, 1985-2008, contain correspondence, reports and surveys, meetings and agendas, grant and funding proposals, and newspaper articles related to preserving the environment. (Y009)