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Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) documents

Collection number: ahc.MSS962f

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance Atalanta newsletters that recount organization and member updates, including meeting minutes, reports, and announcements. Newsletters also include local and national news about gay, lesbian, and women's rights, advertisements for lesbian-owned businesses and arts groups, and community updates. The collection also contains several Southern Feminist Library & Archives Newsletters, which ALFA maintained, as well as newspaper clippings and event flyers, including an all-women camping trip and concert.


  • 1978-1986, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Diana Kaye (1944- ), Elizabeth Knowlton (1944- ), and Vicki Gabriner (1942-2018) formed the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) in 1972 to increase lesbian visibility and to provide women, regardless of their sexual orientation, with a space to fight against sexist institutions. They also wanted to creat an institution separate from the Atlanta’s Women’s Liberation Center and the gay liberation movement because they felt neither addressed lesbian issues. ALFA first held meeting at 128 Pine Street, then in October 1972 moved to 1190 Mansfield Avenue, followed by another move a year later to Mclendon Avenue. At each location members held meetings, fundraisers, and organized group activities. ALFA also formed a softball team called the ALFA Omegas, the first self-identified lesbian softball team in Atlanta.

In 1974 ALFA launched Georgians for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to promote the amendment's ratification. ALFA worked with Georgia political and civic organizations to support this cause, including organizing marches through the 1980s. ALFA maintained the Southern Feminist Library & Archives (SFLA), which contained feminist, lesbian, and activist periodicals, books, and subject files. After ALFA disbanded in 1994, Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library acquired the archive. ALFA also released a monthly newsletter, Atalanta that detailed events, civic protests, and news about women’s rights and lesbian issues. The newsletter title varied over the course of it's run from 1973-1994.


3 folder(s)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2009, with subsequent additions

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance newsletters are available at

Bias in Description

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Content Advisory

This collection contains original unedited versions of all content. Some material may contain depictions of violence, offensive language, or negative stereotypes reflecting the culture or language of a particular period or place. There may be instances of racist language and depictions, particularly regarding African Americans. These items are presented as part of the historical record for the purpose of education and research. The viewpoints expressed in this collection do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of the Atlanta History Center or any of its officers, agents, employees, or volunteers.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) documents
Britny Davis
October 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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