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Muriel Lokey papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS967

Scope and Content

During her term as director of the Poverty Rights Office, Muriel Lokey retained documents relating to the P.R.O., Emmaus House, and the activism efforts of Peoplestown residents. Records from the P.R.O. include copies of the Poor People's Newspaper (1970-1993), a monthly publication that contained information for poor people in Atlanta in the areas of housing, social security, welfare, school lunches, health care, the police and the law, politics, and activism. Documentation of Emmaus House and its founder, Austin Ford, include newspaper articles, fundraising letters, annual reports, and financial statements.


  • 1970-1993, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Muriel Lokey served as director of the Poverty Rights Office (P.R.O.) in Atlanta, Georgia. The Poverty Rights Office, renamed the Muriel Lokey Center in 2008, is an advocacy organization serving low-income residents of Atlanta by advising the poor of their rights and helping them receive available services. The organization is located in Emmaus House in the Atlanta neighborhood of Peoplestown. Austin Ford, the first rector at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, founded Emmaus House in 1967. Emmaus House is an inner-city, interdenominational ministry, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, offering educational, social, recreational, and spiritual opportunities.


0.4 linear ft. (1 document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is divided into two series: 1) Poverty Rights Office, 2) Emmaus House. Items within the folders are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1993

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.
Muriel Lokey papers
Josh Hogan
April 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305