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Susan Barnard Papers

Identifier: Mss 410

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains papers related to Susan Kessler Bernard’s participation in the establishment of the Atlanta Group Home and the Havanah Sunday School Program.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1983

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Susan Kessler Barnard has been active in her community for a long time. Since her second child was born with a developmental disability she became an activist for her son and other kids like him. She worked with others in the late 1970s to mid-1980s to found the Atlanta Group Home, a shared home where adults with developmental disabilities could have more freedom and independence. She also helped to expand the Havanah Sunday School Program in the 1970s so that disabled kids would be better cared for and taught in ways that were tailored to their needs.

Mrs. Barnard has written several books about parenting special needs children and advocating for the continued improvement of how these kids are treated.

Mrs. Bernard is still alive and active as an activist, and has three sons, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (Source: Outskirt Press, 2017


0.4 Linear Feet

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Susan Barnard was one of the founders of the Atlanta Group Home, Inc a home for developmentally disabled adults. This collection includes newspaper articles and documents about how the home was established.


The folders in this collection are arranged in alphabetical order.

Separated Materials

Oversized materials removed to oversized collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Victoria H. Schaeffner, 2018

Susan Barnard Papers
Victoria H Schaeffner, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States