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Litterbug No Project documents

Collection number: ahc.MSS766f

Scope and Content

The collection contains photocopies of correspondence, articles, and other documents of the Litterbug No Project. The bulk is Rush’s correspondence with government officials and private organizations. Also included is a copy of Rush's sworn declaration acknowledging his role in conceiving the project; a copy of a proclamation by Mayor Maynard Jackson proclaiming August 30, 1975, as “Litter Bug No Project Day;” copies of newspaper articles pertaining to the project; and copies of two photographs: one of Rush meeting Governor Jimmy Carter, and another of a group of people holding a Litter Bug No sweatshirt.


  • 1975-1977, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Litterbug No project was founded in 1975 by former heavyweight boxer and radio broadcaster Elmer Rush (1937-2013) to combat litter and garbage around public housing in Atlanta. Working in partnership with the Samuel L. Jones Boys’ Club where he served as Assistant Director, Rush organized a parade, a dance contest, and other events to boost the project's visibility. The project's goal was to rally community support for city sanitation and to make Atlanta “The Cleanest City in the Nation” by 1976. Litterbug No received the endorsement of city and state officials and was lauded by local broadcasting stations, civic organizations, and the Atlanta Bicentennial Commission.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2006

Existence and Location of Originals

The location of originals has not been determined.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2017.

Litterbug No Project documents
Joshua Whitfield
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305