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Cobb Citizens Coalition records

 Collection
Identifier: ahc.MSS1211

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records created by the Cobb Citizens Coalition (CCC) that document the organization's efforts to remove Olympic events from Cobb County because of its anti-gay legislation. Papers include financial records, marketing and advertising ephemera, publications and research, correspondence, and event planning documentation. There are also records created by organizers, the bulk of which belonged to Elaine Hill, including meeting notes, awards, and correspondence. In addition, the collection contains materials regarding organizations the CCC worked with as well as anti-gay hate groups they opposed.

Dates

  • 1980-2007, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Noel Lytle, David Myersky, Jon Greaves, and Lynne Patterson founded the Cobb Citizens Coalition (CCC) in August 1993 in response to Cobb County Commission's passing of anti-gay legislation the previous month. This legislation stated that Cobb County supported "traditional" families and that gay lifestyles were contrary to state law. The vision of the CCC was "to promote understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of all people." In January 1994, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) announced that Cobb County would host the Olympic Women's Volleyball tournament. Many, including the CCC, felt that Cobb did not deserve this honor in light of its homophobic legislation.

Biographical / Historical

In response to the announcement, CCC, along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Olympics Out of Cobb Committee (AOCC), and Georgia Equality Project (GEP), initiated an effort to remove Olympic events from Cobb. The CCC held fundraisers; publicized their goal through radio ads, a billboard, and an educational video documenting the agenda of the radical religious right; and contacted businesses and politicians in Cobb asking them to boycott the Cobb Galleria Convention Center, which was chosen to host the volleyball tournament. CCC and its sister organizations were successful and ACOG moved the Women's Volleyball tournament from Cobb. The CCC continues their efforts to improve LGBTQ+ life in Cobb County.

Extent

12.63 linear ft. (seven half document cases, five oversize boxes, three audio cassettes, and 24 3 1/2" floppy disks, and one half document case)

Language

English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audio recordings were made on cassettes and computer files on 3 1/2" floppy disks 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1998, with subsequent additions

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.
Title
Cobb Citizens Coalition records
Author
Jude Baldridge
Date
June 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

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