Interviewee: MaryAnne Gaunt
Interviewer: Amanda Brown
Date of Interview: March 28, 2006
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 50-page transcript
Interviewer: Amanda Brown
Date of Interview: April 25, 2006
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs
MaryAnne Farnsworth was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1944. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1965, and went to work for the U.S. Department of Labor (1966-1969), first as a systems analyst, and then as a management intern for the Manpower Administration. In 1970, she married Bruce Gaunt and moved to Atlanta. She worked as an Administrative Assistant/Librarian for the Southern Regional Education Board (1970-1973), and in 1985, after taking time off to look after her children (Nathan Sullivan Gaunt b.1973, and Hillary Farnsworth Gaunt Tuttle b.1976) she went to work for Carlston & Associates as a marketing associate until 1988. She worked for Agnes Scott College as a fund raising/development assistant (1988-1989), and then was an executive director at Apple Corps, Inc. (1989-1997). From 1999 to present, she has worked at Georgia State University, as Associate Director, Principals Center, in the School of Education Policy Studies.
During the time that Gaunt was home with her children, she became active in the Atlanta/Fulton County chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV AF). She was president of LWV AF (1983-1985), and sat on the board until 2005, in addition to serving in a number of other positions. Gaunt was also a member of the Atlanta Women’s Network, serving as Program Committee Chair (1987-1988), and she is a 1982 graduate and long-time volunteer of Leadership Atlanta, serving on its Education Committee. Gaunt has also volunteered for the United Way of Atlanta, and was president of Cliff Valley School (circa 1970-1980).
Abstract (March 28, 2006)
MaryAnne Gaunt begins her oral history by describing her experiences growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan after the Second World War. She also describes her perceptions of gender roles while attending the University of Kentucky from 1961-1965. After detailing her professional life, working for various departments within the federal government, including the Department of Labor, she talks at length about her experiences with the League of Women Voters, specifically her experiences as a member of various administrative posts within the League. Finally, Gaunt talks about her involvement with Leadership Atlanta, and how the organization has changed from a gender, racial, and ethnic perspective.
Abstract (April 25, 2006)
MaryAnne Gaunt’s second interview begins with a recounting of her experiences as President of the Board at Cliff Valley School, which would lead to her involvement with Atlanta Public and Parents Linked for Education (APPLE Corps.) She talks at length about APPLE Corps and its efforts to improve the education of students in Atlanta. She then moves on to talk about her experiences as a volunteer at the United Way. She discusses a number of marches that she participated in during her time as an activist. Lastly, Gaunt discusses her view of the women’s movement and how it has changed and evolved during her lifetime.
Interviewee: Mary Atkeson Gibson
Interviewer: Joyce Durand
Date of interview: August 7, 1997
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 38 page transcript
Interviewee: Sharon Gibson
Interviewer: Morna Gerrard
Date of Interview: April 7, 2006
Extent: 5 audio cassettes; 3 compact discs; 60-page transcript
Sharon Gibson was born in 1954 outside of Paris, France. As a young child, she lived in various places, then, after the death of her father, she spent the remainder of her childhood in Mississippi. While she attended Oklahoma State University (1972-1975), she married, and worked with the McGovern presidential campaign. In 1975, she moved to Iowa, and then to a commune outside of Colorado Springs. After relocating to Tifton, Georgia in 1979, she worked at the Georgia Agrirama (1979-1982) before becoming involved in local politics and efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1989, while living in Nebraska, Gibson returned to school and completed her education by earning Bachelors and Masters degrees. She worked with the Girl Scouts until 1997, before taking a job with Family Connections Partnerships in Tifton. Since 1998, she has served as Public Service Associate at the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Gibson begins by discussing her childhood experiences, particularly her relationship with her stepfather. She describes her childhood education, and her perception of roles ascribed to women at that time. She then discusses her life at Oklahoma State University, in particular her marriage to her husband and her political interests. She then talks about her experiences living in various parts of the country – including a commune in Colorado – before describing her move to Tifton, Georgia, where she became involved with the women’s movement and was mentored by local political strategist, Eunice Mixom. Finally, Gibson talks about her work in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia and her views on the current state of the women’s movement.
Interviewee: Mary Vick Graves
Interviewer: Janet Paulk
Date of interview: February 25, 1997
Extent: 1 audio cassette; 1 compact disc; 24 page transcript
Phone: (404) 413-2880
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