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Nellie Dunaway Duke papers

Identifier: POL-0017

Scope and Contents note

The collection documents Nellie Dunaway Duke’s activism on behalf of women’s issues in the state of Georgia, and contains correspondence, meeting minutes, printed material, writings photographs, and other materials. Major topics and organizations include the Equal Rights Amendment, the Georgia Commission on Women, the Georgia Osteoporosis Initiative, the West Georgia Women’s Forum, and Democratic Party politics in Carroll County and the state of Georgia. The collection also includes copies of newspaper columns written by Duke and published in the Times Georgian newspaper in the early 1980s, along with the transcript of an oral history with Duke conducted by Georgia State University in 1999.


  • 1973-2017

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users.

Conditions Governing Use note

All rights transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

Nellie Dunaway was born on March 8, 1931, outside of Rome, Georgia. In 1949, she married Henry Duke, who worked for the Georgia Southern Railroad for most of his career. Nellie Duke attended the Carroll Lynn School of business and began her professional career in retail, and was later employed by the American Cancer Society from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Duke campaigned for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia. From 1994 to 2015, Duke chaired the Georgia Commission on Women, an organization of which she was a charter member. She and Henry Duke had five children and resided in Carrollton, Georgia.


2.94 Linear feet (7 boxes)




The Nellie Dunaway Duke papers document Duke’s engagement with women’s issues in the state of Georgia. They contain correspondence, meeting minutes, printed material, writings, photographs, and other materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Nellie Dunaway Duke on 5 March 2019.

Processing Information note

Processed by Michael Camp, March 2019.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States