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Cathy Woolard papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1214

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials pertaining to Cathy Woolard's career on the Atlanta City Council, including campaign flyers, voter surveys, press clippings about her work, legal paperwork, and administrative binders. The bulk of documents are planning materials about the construction of the Atlanta BeltLine, such as financial and environmental studies, presentations, and magazines and publications. Also included are documents related to Woolard's service on the Atlanta March Committee for the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay rights in 1987.


  • 1986-2013, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

Catheren "Cathy" Woolard (1957-) was born to Henry Woolard, Jr. (1930-2019) and Barbara Harwell Woolard (1931-). She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then volunteered with the Peace Corps and worked as a National Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign Fund. In 1997, Woolard became the first openly gay member elected to the Atlanta City Council, where she served from 1997 until 2002. She was elected President of the Atlanta City Council from 2002 to 2004, the first woman to serve in the role. She then worked in a variety of positions in advocacy and non-profit organizations such as Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), Planned Parenthood, Georgia Equality, and AID Atlanta. In 2015, she announced her campaign for mayor of Atlanta in the 2017 election, which was won by Keisha Lance Bottoms.


4.63 linear ft. (seven document cases, three cassette tapes, three CDs, one DVD, and one oversize box )




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audio recordings were made on cassette and can be made accessible only through conversion to digital surrogates. Patrons who request access to the audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs. "The City Slackers-Save Atlanta-Cast a Vote" is an MP3 file, please ask an Archivist for copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2018

Related Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021.

Cathy Woolard papers
Sara Matthews
February 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305