Gay Bolling Shepperson papers
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Gay Bolling Shepperson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Shepperson, Gay Bolling, 1887-1977
Title: Gay Bolling Shepperson papers
Dates: Bulk, 1933-1945
Dates: 1883-1945, undated
Quantity: 0.834 linear ft. (two document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS522

Biographical/Historical Note

Gay Bolling Shepperson (1887–1977) was the daughter of John Daniel and Mary Burton Shepperson. She entered the New York School of Social Work after receiving preliminary training in Washington, D.C. Shepperson taught school for six years before entering the field of social work. She worked for the United States War Department and as a field representative of the American Red Cross. Shepperson came to Georgia from Virginia where she headed the children’s bureau of the Virginia State Department of Welfare from 1923 to 1928. In Georgia she became administrator for three successive federal relief projects: the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Works Progress Administration, renamed the Work Projects Administration in 1937, was the federal agency responsible for administrating relief programs during the New Deal. Shepperson was the only female to serve as a state administrator for the WPA during the New Deal. She also served as president and chairman of the board of the Pine Mountain Valley Rural Community, one of the most successful examples of rural resettlement and rehabilitation work. She resigned her post in 1939 and returned to Richmond, Virginia, where she died at age 90.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of personal and business correspondence; copies and original newspaper and magazine clippings; house blueprints; and a World War II dated events map.

Index Terms

Georgia--Economic conditions
Macon (Ga.)
New Deal, 1933-1939--Georgia
Pine Mountain (Ga.)
Public welfare--Georgia
Roads--Design and construction
United States. Federal Civil Works Administration.
United States. Federal Emergency Relief Administration.
United States. Work Projects Administration.
United States. Works Progress Administration.

General Notes

The bound volume History of the Georgia Civil Works Administration was cataloged as a book and is in Storage

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gay Bolling Shepperson papers, MSS 522, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Related Material

Gay Bolling Shepperson photographs, VIS 77, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Container List




11Correspondence, business, 1933-1945
2Correspondence, personal, 1934-1938, undated
3Newspaper clippings, 1935
4House blueprints, undated
5Newspaper clippings, 1945



21Newspaper clippings, 1920-1936
2Newspaper clippings, 1937-1945
3Newspaper clippings-miscellaneous, World War II map, 1935-1945, undated
4Newspaper clippings- The Weekly Constitution, 1883
5Reprint of Fortune magazine article, Unemployment in 1937, 1937