Frances Freeborn Pauley papers
> Georgia Poverty Rights Organization records

Series 8
Georgia Poverty Rights Organization records, circa 1930s-1992
Box 32-74, OP 8

Scope and Content Note

Frances Pauley formed the Georgia Poverty Rights Organization (GPRO) in circa 1975 and served as its director until circa 1987. The organization was created as a non-profit, unincorporated statewide coalition of volunteers campaigning to protect the economic and social well being of the poor. GPRO lobbied legislative and executive agencies to get more funds for needy Georgians. A key component of the work was an informational one which involved educating the public and legislators regarding the issues that particularly affect poor people. As a champion for the poor, GPRO tackled such issues as raising Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) benefits, maintaining Medicaid funding, opening state budget meetings to the public, and expanding the emergency fuel assistance program. GPRO also joined forces with other service organizations across the state such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Christians Against Hunger in Georgia, and the Public Assistance Coalition in the campaign for welfare rights.

In the early years, office headquarters were located in a house behind Emmaus House in southwest Atlanta, a neighborhood center operated under the auspices of the Atlanta Diocese of the Episcopal Church. Ms. Pauley would later work out of her home near Emory University. Though sponsored by the Atlanta Diocese, GPRO depended upon contributions for its operating budget. The GPRO series, spans the years 1930 through 1992 and consists of 40 document boxes.

Arrangement Note

Organized into into six subseries: (8.1) Administrative records, (8.2) General subject files, (8.3) Welfare files, (8.4) Energy assistance files, (8.5) Political files, and (8.6) Allied organizations.

Description of Subseries