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Eliza K. Paschall papers

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 532

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Eliza K. Paschall from 1860-1990. The papers include professional files, subject files, personal and family papers, printed material, photographs and audiovisual material.

Professional files contain correspondence, reports, meeting minutes and subject files relating to Paschall's work with the human relations commissions in Atlanta, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Reagan Administration and the United States Information Service Ampart Program. Subject files contain reference material for a variety of causes and organizations with which Paschall was involved, especially the Equal Rights Amendment, the National Organization for Women, the Georgia Commission on the Status of Women, and International Women's Year.

Personal and family papers include Paschall's correspondence, scrapbooks and other personal effects, as well as the writings of Paschall's husband Walter, a prominent Atlanta journalist. Eliza Paschall's writings contain essays and book-length works on feminism, civil rights and personal concerns, as well as creative works and a diary of her experiences in the American Red Cross Clubmobile. Printed material consists of articles written by and about Paschall. Photographs include portraits and photographs of Paschall with family members and others. Audiovisual material consists of an audio cassette of anti-ERA advertisements recorded in Florida.


  • 1860-1990

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical Note

Eliza King Paschall, author and activist, was born October 5, 1917, in Adams Run (Charleston County), South Carolina. During World War II, Paschall served with the American Red Cross Clubmobile, mobile units of volunteers providing refreshments and recreation to Allied soldiers across Europe. She married Walter Goode Paschall (1910-1959), a prominent Atlanta journalist, in 1945. She was active in civic, interracial, and women's organizations in which she held several offices including executive director of the Greater Atlanta Council on Human Relations (1961-1967), president of the Georgia League of Women Voters (1955-1957), and national secretary of the National Organization of Women. Paschall was also a compliance officer on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1966-1984) and author of It Must Have Rained (1974), which concerned civil rights in Atlanta, Georgia. In the 1970s Paschall was involved in feminist organizations like the Georgia Commission on the Status of Women and International Women's year, and wrote the employment handbook Because of Sex: A Handbook on Sex Discrimination in Employment. During this time, Paschall, experienced considerable conflict with others in the women's movement over the direction it should take. In 1978, after having initially supported the Equal Rights Amendment, Paschall decided she could no longer justify its ratification and campaigned extensively against it. Paschall collaborated with Phyllis Schlafly and other family values activists to oppose the Equal Rights Amendment and was instrumental in its failure to gain ratification by the 1982 deadline. In 1984 Paschall took a position in the Ronald Reagan Administration as Associate Director of Public Liaison, retiring in 1985. Paschall died February 3, 1990 in Southport, England.


46.25 linear feet (94 boxes); 1 oversized papers box and 1 oversized papers folder (OP); 3 bound volumes (BV); 1 oversized bound volume (OBV); AV Masters: .25 linear feet (1 box)


Papers of Georgia author and activist Eliza K. Paschall including professional files, subject files, personal and family papers, printed material, photographs and audiovisual material.

Arrangement Note

Organized into seven series: (1) Professional files, (2) Subject files, (3) Personal and family papers, (4) Writings, (5) Printed material, (6) Photographs and (7) Audiovisual material.


Gift, 1973, with subsequent additions.


Control level 3


File name: paschall532.doc


Processed by Laura Carroll and Michael Hessel-Mial, 2011.

Control level 3

File name: paschall532.doc

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Eliza K. Paschall papers, 1932-1988
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
October 31, 2006
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Repository Details

Part of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Repository

540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta Georgia 30322 United States