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Pamela Parker photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS413

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of Atlanta lesbian-feminist community members, organizations, and events. Photographs include Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) members and events, many of which were taken in the ALFA House on McLendon Avenue; the 1981 Michigan Womyn’s Music Fest, held in Hesperia, Michigan; the 1980 Atlanta Pride Festival; WomanSong Theatre, a troupe, performing in Piedmont Park; the ALFA Omegas lesbian softball team, as well as the Tower Hot Shots, the Lorelei Ladies, and the Meshugenehs softball teams. Also included in the collection are several photographs of Parker and her acquaintances. Photographs were taken in Atlanta, Georgia, unless otherwise noted.


  • 1961-1981, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Biographical / Historical

Pamela Parker (1955-2020) was born in Georgia and raised in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Georgia, in 1971. Parker began performing with the feminist theatre troupe WomanSong Theatre in the early 1970s. She continued to perform solo at music and comedy events hosted by the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA). In 1986, she wrote her first play, Kissing Frogs, for the Dunwoody Stage Door Player's One-Act Play Festival. In 1987, she helped found the troupe Southern Fried Productions, which produced many of her plays throughout the 1990s, including her first full-length play, Second Samuel, in 1990. In 1991, Neighborhood Playhouse in Decatur, Georgia, named Parker their playwright-in-residence. A year later she served as artist-in-residence at the Atlanta Theater Company Neighborhood Playhouse, where she staged her rock musical I’ll Be Home for Christmas. The Atlanta Journal Constitution named her full-length play Second Samuel the Best Original Play of 1991-1992. In 1995, she won the Southern Playwrights Competition at the Center for Southern Studies at Jackson State University in Alabama with her play A Higher Place in Heaven. In 2020, Alabama-based production company iHysm Studios released their film adaptation of her play Second Samuel.


111 image(s) (43 black and white photographic prints, 68 color photographic prints)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2006

Related Materials

Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing papers and publications, MSS 773, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing visual arts materials, VIS 412, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021.

Pamela Parker photographs
Aleece Bustamante
October 2021
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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