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Elizabeth P. Ruddiman's records of Midtown Neighborhood Association

Collection number: ahc.MSS1243

Scope and Contents

This collection contains administrative files of the Midtown Neighborhood Association. Included are association by-laws, city ordinances, correspondence, financial statements, and receipts, meeting minutes, membership rosters, traffic and rezoning reports, and community events. The annual Midtown Tour of Homes is documented by posters, pamphlets, and programs advertising the event. Of particular note, there are early planning materials for the Midtown Story newsletter, published by the Midtown Neighborhood Association. Included are study panels and biographical information about the association.


  • 1971-1995, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The Uptowne Neighborhood Association was established in 1969. In 1971, they changed their name to Midtown Neighborhood Association (MNA), then around 1995 it was also known as the Midtown Neighbors' Association. Some of the original objectives were neighborhood beautification, encouraging home improvements, attracting permanent residents, preserving landmarks, building Midtown into a significant public voice, and public relations with government officials. The Midtown Neighborhood Association operates as a non-profit 501-(c)(3) corporation and is governed by self written and resident adopted by-laws. The MNA board and membership consists of community Midtown Atlanta residental volunteers. MNA provides official recommendations on land use, liquor licenses, and special event permit applications as a partner with the Development Review Committees in Special Public Interest (SPI) Districts for Zones 16 and 17. The MNA also works closely with the Neighborhood Planning Unit-E by providing representation on their board as well as the board for Midtown Alliance.

Elizabeth P. Ruddiman (1955- ) was born to Nancy Yeaton Ruddiman (1925-2009) and Rodney John Ruddiman (1925-1990) in Massachusetts. She was raised in Maryland and then attended Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1977. Ruddiman relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Georgia State University where she earned her Master of Arts in Sociology, specializing in urban development and racial studies. She also earned a PhD in sociology from Georgia State University. While earning her doctorate, she co-wrote an article, Sprawl City: race, politics, and planning in Atlanta in 2000. In 2007, she also wrote a dissertation titledIs Smart Growth Fair Growth: Do Urban Growth Boundaries Keep out Racial Minorities? Ruddiman volunteered with the Midtown Neighborhood Association for nearly 25 years and served in many position such as secretary, board member, editor, vice president, and president.


3.34 linear ft. (eight document cases and one oversize folder)




This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2014

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

Elizabeth P. Ruddiman's record of Midtown Neighborhood Association
Sara Matthews
February 2023
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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