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Cardee Kilpatrick Papers

Cardee Kilpatrick Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Cardee Kilpatrick Papers
Creator: Kilpatrick, Cardee
Inclusive Dates: 1975-2010
Language(s): English
Extent: 6 box(es) (3 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL352
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Cardee Kilpatrick served Athens, Georgia, as a member of the Clarke County Board of Education (1979-1984), the Athens City Council (1986-1990) and the Athens-Clarke County Commission (1990-2004). Her papers include correspondence, planning documents, campaign materials, speeches, news clippings, photographs and artifacts.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Carlene Friedrichsen (Cardee) Kilpatrick was born October 22, 1939, in Sonoma County, California. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Pomona College (Claremont, California) and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University.

From 1979 to 1984, Kilpatrick served on the Clarke County Board of Education, with one term as Vice President (1981-1983). In 1986, she won her first campaign for Athens City Council, in Ward 2, against incumbent Jerry Nicholson. With the consolidation of the Athens and Clarke County governments in 1990, she successfully ran for County Commissioner, District 7, and served until 1994, when she chose not to seek re-election. Kilpatrick returned to politics in the 1996 campaign for County Commissioner, District 10, where she served until her loss in the Democratic primary run-off in 2004. During her tenure on the city council and county commission, she held the position of Mayor Pro Tem and sat on the Industrial Development and Economic Development Authorities. When Athens-Clarke County Mayor Gwen O'Looney resigned to take another position, Kilpatrick served as mayor from November 4, 1998 until January 5, 1999, when Doc Eldridge took office.

Kilpatrick was a member of the charter Leadership Athens class in 1982 and has served on the boards of the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, Piedmont College, Classic Center Cultural Foundation, Talmage Terrace/Lanier Gardens retirement community and Athens Community Council on Aging. In 1991, the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education (Clarke County, Georgia) established the Cardee Kilpatrick Chair for Middle School Teachers. Having been one of the founders of the organization, Kilpatrick served as executive director, a volunteer position, beginning in 1984, and implemented its "Teacher of Excellence Award."

Kilpatrick resides in Athens, Georgia, with her husband, Jeremy, a professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Georgia. They have two sons.

Source: Online Athens

Scope and Content

The Cardee Kilpatrick Papers document Kilpatrick's career as a public servant in Athens, Georgia, and includes correspondence, planning documents, campaign materials, speeches, news clippings, photographs and artifacts. The papers document her tenure on the Clarke County Board of Education, the Athens City Council and the Athens-Clarke County Commission as well as the issues facing Athens during the 1980s into the 2000s, such as increased growth, historic preservation and the impact of industry.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged in four series: I. Clarke County Board of Education; II. Athens-Clarke County Commission; III. Campaigns and Speeches; and IV. Artifacts.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Cardee Kilpatrick Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Mat Darby, 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athens (Ga.)
Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) -- Politics and government.
Education -- Georgia.
Georgia -- Politics and government.
Women -- Political Activity -- Georgia.

Related Collections in this Repository

Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Unification Files

Athens League of Women Voters Records

Heidi Davison Papers

Related Collections in Other Repositories

Athens-Clarke County Consolidation Records, MS 2106. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Athens-Clarke County Mayor's Office Collection, 1854-1988. MS 3410. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Clarke County Board of Education

Series I. Clarke County Board of Education documents her service on the board (1979-1984) and the issues the members faced, including the search for a new school superintendent.
11Task Force, 1983
12-3Georgia School Boards Association, 1981-1985
14Superintendent Search, 1983
15Superintendent Evaluation, 1980-1985
16Mini-clinic, 1980 October
17Conflict of Interest Policy, 1975-1980
18 - 9Correspondence, 1979-1980
110Delegate Assembly 5/82; District Meeting 11/18/82, 1982
111Charter, 1984
112Clarke County Board of Education Audit Report, 1978 June 30
113Clippings, 1977-1981

Series II. Athens-Clarke County Commission

Series II. Athens-Clarke County Commission documents Kilpatrick's tenure as a member of the Athens City Council and the Athens Clarke County Commission as well as her two months as Athens Mayor.
114Mayor [includes photographs], 1998
115[Charter Overview Commission], 1995
116Historic Preservation, 1999
117 - 19[Cable Ordinance], 1995-2000
120[Operation Weed and Seed], 1998-2001
121Manager, 1991-1993
122Industrial Conditional Use, 1992-1993
123Performance Management, 1994
124[Vote Counts], 1999, 2002
125[Council and Commission bookets], 1990, 1999
126Leadership Institute for Municipal Elected Officials [includes photographs], 1990, 2003
127Leadership Athens, 1984-1988
128Urban Georgia, 1988 September
21[Thank Yous from second graders], undated
22 - 4[News Clippings], 1987-2006
25Photographs: Mayor Lauren Coile and City Council, circa 1986
26Photograph: Mayors and Clerks, 2009 January
OS 11Athens, Classic City of the South: An Architectural Overview, 1989
6Maps: Adopted Districting Plan for Athens/Clarke County Unification, 1990 August
6Maps: Commission Districts 5-8 and 10, 2002 July 2

Series III. Campaigns and Speeches

Series III. Campaigns and Speeches contains clippings, brochures and pamphlets, endorsement letters and financial records documenting Kilpatrick's campaigns for Athens City Council and Athens-Clarke County Commission. Of particular interest is material related to her 1990 commissioner campaign, the first election of the unified Athens-Clarke County government. The series also includes Kilpatrick's speeches and remarks made during campaigns, while serving on the commission, and to civic, political and educational organizations.
27[Campaign History], undated
28Cardee for Council, 1986
29Campaign '88, 1988
210[Campaign], 1990
211Questionnaires, 1990
212District 7, 1990
213[Campaign], 1996
214[Campaign], 2004
21520/20 Campaign Foundation for Excellence Cardee Kilpatrick, 2005
216 - 22Speeches [and Speech Material], 1990-2010
223[Campaign photographs], 1995-1996
3Cardee Kilpatrick Campaign scrapbook, 1990
OS 12Campaign signs, 1986-2004

Series IV. Artifacts

Series IV. Artifacts contains plaques awarded to Kilpatrick for her contributions to education and public service as well as name tags denoting the positions she held on the Athens City Council and the Athens-Clarke County Commission.
4Plaques, 1982-2007
4Placards, name tags and button, 1986-2004