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Atlanta Coalition Against Tobacco records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1261

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the Atlanta Coalition Against Tobacco's operations. There are records about the organization's management including financial papers, meeting minutes, proposals, memorandum and letters, rosters, and handwritten notes. In addition, there is publicity material pertaining to ACT's promotion of anti-smoking education and legislation such as press releases, copies of their newsletters Atlanta Coalition Against Tobacco Newsletter and Atlanta Coalition Against Tobacco FYI, legislative drafts, and articles. Also included is material from the allied groups Georgians Against Smokers' Pollution (GASP) and Doctors Ought to Care (DOC).


  • 1966, 1977-2008, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

Atlanta Coalition Against Tobacco (ACT) consisted of medical professionals and laypersons seeking to reduce smoking through political action, educating the public about health risks, and preventing under-age tobacco use. Doctors Sheldon Bradley Cohen (1928-2017), Frederick Levering Neely (1912-1990), and Samuel Robert Lathan Jr. (1938- ) founded ACT in 1985 as a chapter of Doctors Ought to Care (DOC), which Dr. Allen Blum (1948- ) established in 1977. Cohen served as chairman and Neely served as co-chair and president until his death, after which Lathan became co-chair with Cohen. To circulate their message, ACT held public conferences (including one at the Carter Presidential Center in 1988); published newsletters and local press editorials; and presented to students at over 100 metro Atlanta schools. ACT worked with allied groups such as Georgians Against Smokers' Pollution (GASP) and local chapters of the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society. The organization remained active through 2008.


1.67 linear ft. (four document cases)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection has an audio cassette and a 4 1/2 inch floppy disk that can be made accessible only through conversion to digital surrogates. Patrons who request access to the audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2008

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

Atlanta Coalition Against Tobacco records
Brendan Bender
June 2023
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305