Series 1
Professional papers, 1962-1987
Boxes 1-5, OP 1-3

Scope and Content Note

The professional papers series contains materials relating to Martha Gaines's professional positions including her free-lance work, workshop participation, and her political activism. Related material such as correspondence, certificates of recognition, printed material, and clippings can be found in Series 4, Professional and organizational scrapbook material.

Subseries 1.1, Employment, contains vitae, completed employment applications, correspondence and memoranda, including grievance charges filed by Martha Gaines because of alleged sex discrimination in hiring practices, and work samples. These materials are arranged chronologically according to her vita. Workshop Participation, Subseries 1.2 is also arranged chronologically by workshop title. Working notebooks constitute the bulk of the material type found in this subseries. Speaking Engagements, Speech Material, and Interviews are located in Subseries 1.3. Included are both titled and untitled speeches, correspondence in regard to speaking engagements, a printed interview from the Great Speckled Bird (OP 1), and collected resource material.

Subseries 1.4, Martha Gaines for State Senate Campaign Files, documents her unsuccessful bid for the State Senate, District 37 of Fulton County. This subseries contains correspondence, campaign literature, financial records, interviews, and collected material. The final subseries, Subseries 1.5, Other Campaigns Work Files, details Martha Gaines's involvement in other political campaigns, both locally and nationally, including Mary Bankester for Atlanta City Council, Jimmy Carter for President, Ben Jones for United States Senate, and Cathey Steinberg for Georgia House of Representatives. These materials are arranged alphabetically by candidate name, with the last twelve folders containing materials relating to other campaigns she was involved in to a much lesser degree.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five subseries: (1.1) Employment, (1.2) Workshop participation, (1.3) Speaking engagements, speech material, and interviews, (1.4) Martha Gaines for State Senate campaign files, and (1.5) Other campaigns work files.

Description of Subseries