SOUTHEASTERN, ARTS, MEDIA & EDUCATION PROJECT (ATLANTA, GA.)
Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1984-1996

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

marbl@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zv6m


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Southeastern, Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.)
Title: Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1984-1996
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1015
Extent:13.5 linear ft. (27 boxes) and A/V Masters: .5 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Records of the Atlanta, Georgia, LGBT arts organization Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project including financial records, meeting minutes, internal communications and mailings, membership records, the records of the journal Amethyst, production files for plays produced by the organization, and event files.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact MARBL at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder MARBL's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Researchers must contact MARBL in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder MARBL's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Southeastern Arts, Media & Education (SAME) Project records, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Source

Gift, 2005.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.) records, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Sarah Quigley, Ingrid Meintjes, and Allison Pilatsky, 2014.


Collection Description

Historical Note

The Southeastern Arts, Media and Education Project was founded in 1984 with a mission to provide education and artistic expression during the AIDS crisis. Activist and artist Rebecca Ranson led SAME for its twelve years of operation, having committed herself to lesbian and gay issues after a close friend was diagnosed with AIDS in 1983. The organization sponsored plays, the Out on Film festival, Amethyst (a literary magazine), the Arts for Pride festival, and other events. The Out On Film festival, first produced in 1993, was the culmination of years of earlier gay and lesbian film festivals hosted by SAME. The newspaper, Southern Voice, was a part of the organization for its first two years before being launched as an independent publication. Ranson wrote and directed many of the plays produced by SAME.

In the 1990s, SAME participated in the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad, produced a youth issue of the magazine Amethyst, and continued to sponsor a wide array of cultural activities. In 1994, SAME faced a significant setback after discovering that employee and long-time gay activist Jeffrey Laymon had defrauded the organization of several thousand dollars. The same year, the organization suffered another financial setback when the annual film festival garnered insufficient attendance. SAME ultimately went out of business in 1996.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the records of the Southeastern Arts, Media and Education Project in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1984-1996 and includes administrative records, audiovisual material, and born digital material. Administrative records contain financial records, meeting minutes, internal communications and mailings, membership records, the records of the gay and lesbian journal Amethyst, production files for plays produced by the organization, and event files. There is also a small amount of audio-visual material and photographs. Amethyst files document the production and publication of the journal and contain article and literary submissions, author correspondence, and distributor information. Play production files contain scripts, promotional material, correspondence, photographs, and planning records. These files document the performance of Rebecca Ranson’s For Love and For Life, Terrence McNally’s The Lisbon Traviata, and Robert Chesley’s Jerker, among many others. Event files include planning documents relating to the Arts for Pride festival, the Out On Film festival, and prior iterations of Atlanta’s gay and lesbian film festival.

Audiovisual material contains sound and video recordings that document some of SAME's events. Video recordings contain interviews with members of Atlanta’s lesbian and gay community, a 1984 Human Rights Campaign fundraising drive, and Southern Voice newspaper’s Potluck Dinner from Hell. Sound recordings include readings of poetry by Sharon Sanders, Franklin Abbott, and Susan Ottzen at the Atlanta arts center Callanwolde, an Atlanta Flute Ensemble recital, and a recorded conversation with unidentified community members. Born digital material in this collection consists of unprocessed floppy disks.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three series: (1) Administrative records, (2) Audiovisual material, and (3) Born digital material.



Description of Series

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