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Pamela Parker papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS950f

Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspaper clippings about Pamela Parker’s theatrical work, flyers for Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance productions, and tickets to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival and the Atlanta Theatrical League’s The Boys in the Band.


  • 1981-1992


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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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Pamela Parker (1955- ) 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.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2006

Related Materials

Pamela Parker photographs, VIS 413, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

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

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

Pamela Parker papers
Brittney English
July 2022
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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