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Series 2
Professional papers, 1965-2007
Boxes 14-46 and 55; OP 1 and 4-5; BV 1-2; and OBV 1-2

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the professional papers of Michael Lomax from 1965-2007 and includes records of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, campaign records, writings by Lomax, and other professional papers. Records of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners are comprised of advance sheets, financial records, interoffice memoranda, mailing lists, meeting talking points and briefing papers, phone messages, retreat planning files, and zoning and development planning files that document projects of the Board and of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County. Campaign records include documents relating to Michael Lomax's campaigns for Mayor of Atlanta and for the Fulton County Board of Commissions, as well as records documenting Maynard Jackson's 1973 campaign for Mayor of Atlanta, on which Michael Lomax worked. The records detail the candidates' campaign administration, financial and fundraising activities, and campaign platforms on crime, housing, public safety, gay and lesbian rights, and women's rights.

Writings by Lomax contain speeches, articles, book chapters, reviews, talking points for interviews and media appearances, drafts of unpublished novel Fantasies of Affirmation: The 1920s Novel of Negro Life, and Lomax's doctoral dissertation, Countée Cullen: From the Dark Tower. The overwhelming majority of the series consists of speeches given during Lomax's tenure as Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and during his campaigns for political office. Other professional papers consist of agendas; appointment books; board and committee files documenting Lomax's service on the Boards of Directors of the National Black Arts Festival, Teach for America, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the United Way; teaching and university files from Atlanta University Center, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Dillard University; and the records of the Amistad Corporation.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four subseries: (2.1) Fulton County Board of Commissioners records, (2.2) Campaign records, (2.3) Writings by Lomax, and (2.4) Other professional papers.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: The series contains some copies of original materials held by other institutions; these copies may not be reproduced without the permission of the owner of the originals.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Records of the Amistad Corporation are closed to patrons until 2046.

Description of Subseries