Muriel Lokey papers
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Muriel Lokey papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Lokey, Muriel
Title: Muriel Lokey papers
Dates: 1970-1993, undated
Quantity: 0.4 linear ft. (1 document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS967

Biographical/Historical Note

Muriel Lokey served as director of the Poverty Rights Office (P.R.O.) in Atlanta, Georgia. The Poverty Rights Office, renamed the Muriel Lokey Center in 2008, is an advocacy organization serving low-income residents of Atlanta by advising the poor of their rights and helping them receive available services. The organization is located in Emmaus House in the Atlanta neighborhood of Peoplestown. Austin Ford, the first rector at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, founded Emmaus House in 1967. Emmaus House is an inner-city, interdenominational ministry, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, offering educational, social, recreational, and spiritual opportunities.

Scope and Content Note

During her term as director of the Poverty Rights Office, Muriel Lokey retained documents relating to the P.R.O., Emmaus House, and the activism efforts of Peoplestown residents. Records from the P.R.O. include copies of the Poor People's Newspaper (1970-1993), a monthly publication that contained information for poor people in Atlanta in the areas of housing, social security, welfare, school lunches, health care, the police and the law, politics, and activism. Documentation of Emmaus House and its founder, Austin Ford, include newspaper articles, fundraising letters, annual reports, and financial statements.


This collection is divided into two series: 1) Poverty Rights Office, 2) Emmaus House. Items within the folders are arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

Emmaus House (Atlanta, Ga.). Poverty Rights Office
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Ford, Austin
Nonprofit organizations--Georgia--Atlanta
Pauly, Frances
Peoplestown (Atlanta, Ga.)
Social justice--Georgia--Atlanta
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (Atlanta, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Muriel Lokey papers, MSS 967, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1993

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


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.

Container List


Series I: Poverty Rights Office, 1970-1993, undated



11Informational flyers, undated
2Newspaper article by Muriel Lokey, 1981
3Volunteer manual, 1978-1982
4 Poor People's Newspaper, 1970-1976, undated
5 Poor People's Newspaper, 1977-1981
6 Poor People's Newspaper, 1982-1986
7 Poor People's Newspaper, 1987-1993

Series II: Emmaus House, 1971-1993, undated



18Brochures, 1982, 1991
9Essay/Speech, 1991
10Newspaper articles, 1980-1993
11General correspondence, 1981, 1987, undated
12Annual report, 1971-1992, undated
13Fundraising letters signed by Austin Ford, 1987-1993
14Fundraising letters signed by Frances Pauly, 1971-1986
15Newspaper articles, 1990, 1993, undated