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Tish Sommers Papers, 1970-1985 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Tish Sommers Papers, 1970-1985Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Sommers, Tish

Extent: 62.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Pre-1973 Issues

II. Pre-1972 Projects

    1. Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP)

    2. School for Community Action (SCA)

    3. Join Hands

    4. Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

III. NOW and NOW Task Force on Older Women, 1971-78

IV. Women's Action Training Center (WATC) and Jobs for Older Women (JOW), 1974-76

     1. WATC Correspondence

     2. WATC Topical Folders

     3. JOW

V. Alliance for Displaced Homemakers, 1975-78

1. Displaced Homemakers (DH) Center, Oakland

2. Alliance for DH / NOW Task Force

3. DH Network, Washington D.C.

4. ADH Hearing Transcripts, Congressional Records

5. Donahue and Family Weekly Responses, 1976-77

6. Women's Day Article Responses, 1978

7. Over Easy Responses, 1978

VI. Older Women's League Education Fund (OWLEF), 1978-

1. Correspondence

2. Topical Files

VII. Older Women's League (OWL), 1980-

1. Correspondence

2. Board of Directors

3. Executive Committee

4. Financial

5. Public Relations

6. Topical Files

7. Social Security

VIII. Newspaper Clippings, 1973-88

IX. Coalition Organizations

1. California Commission on Aging

2. Gray Panthers

3. Western Gerontology Society

X. Conference Packages

1. California State House Conference on Aging

2. Gray Panthers

3. National Council on Aging

4. OWL National Convention, Louisville, 1982

5. OWL National Convention, Washington D.C., 1984

6. OWL

7. Western Gerontological Society

XI. Research

1. Track Record

2. Speeches, Testimonies, Course Material, Radio Commentaries

3. Articles, Papers, Outlines for Book Proposals

4. The Not-so-Helpless Female Publication Files

5. Growing Older Female Project & Interview Files

6. China Study Tour, 1978

7. Generations-Older Women's Issue, Spring 1980

XII. Personal

1. Birthday Celebrations

2. River Trips

3. Cancer Support Group

4. Sommers' Death

5. Financial, Will, Properties

XIII. Audio-Visual

1. Photographs

2. Slides

3. Cassette Tapes

4. Film and Videotapes

XIV. Publications

1. Books

2. Periodicals

Date Acquired: 05/30/1986. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Feminists--United States, Older women--United States, Older Women’s League (U.S.), Social reformers--United States, Sommers, Tish--Archives, Women's rights--United States

Forms of Material: Audio Recordings, Personal Papers, Photographs, Slides, Video Recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Tish Sommers Papers include speeches and working papers, extensive correspondence with legislators and women's movement activists from 1970 to 1985. It also includes: photographs, drafts of published and unpublished manuscripts and research papers, newspaper clippings and publicity materials, organizational papers (correspondence, reports, fund raising and financial records), audio-visual material, awards, personal items, books and periodicals, and other miscellaneous items.

Biographical Note

Tish Sommers was most known as an advocate of women's rights, especially older women's rights. She chaired NOW's Task Force on Older women in the 1970s, and in 1980 founded the Older Women's League (OWL). OWL is an advocacy organization with chapters across the country which has had political influence on many issues of importance to older women such as Social Security, pensions, health care and health insurance.

Sommers spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, though she was always active in volunteer work which involved a cause, such as poverty, or civil rights. After her divorce at the age of 57 she worked primarily for the rights of older women. She was influential in the founding of the Alliance for Displaced Homemakers which was responsible for taking many older women's issues to the White House, and for establishing a federal program for "displaced homemakers," a term she coined which describes the status of women who have lost their financial support through divorce or illness, and whose skills are not easily marketable.

Subject/Index Terms

Feminists--United States
Older women--United States
Older Women’s League (U.S.)
Social reformers--United States
Sommers, Tish--Archives
Women's rights--United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 1988, 1990, 1991

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Laurie Shields

Related Materials: Older Women's League Collection

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Tish Sommers Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: The Shirley Sandage Papers (1927-2007) located at the IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES, IOWA CITY, IOWA  http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/findingaids/html/SandageShirley.htm

Other URL: http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/findingaids/html/SandageShirley.htm


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Pre-1973 Issues],
[Series 2: Pre-1972 Projects],
[Series 3: National Organization for Women (NOW) and NOW Task Force on Older Women, 1971-78],
[Series 4: Women's Action Training Center (WATC) and Jobs for Older Women (JOW), 1974-76],
[Series 5: Alliance for Displaced Homemakers (ADH), 1975-78],
[Series 6: Older Women's League Education Fund (OWLEF), 1978-],
[Series 7: Older Women's League (OWL), 1980-],
[Series 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1973-88],
[Series 9: Coalition Organizations],
[Series 10: Conference Packages],
[Series 11: Research],
[Series 12: Personal],
[Series 13: Audio-Visual],
[Series 14: Publications],
[All]

Series 1: Pre-1973 IssuesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Civil Liberties UnionAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: AFL-CIOAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: AcademiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Affirmative Action, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Articles to WirteAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: ArtsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: BacklashAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Battered ChildrenAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Berkeley PoliticsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Beyond AngerAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Berkeley Women's CenterAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: BibliographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: BlackAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Black AgedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Black JewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Black/White Concern: Teach-inAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Black HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Breakthroughs for WomenAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: BudgetAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: ChildbirthAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Child Care CentersAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: California Rural Legal AssistanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Civil Rights Movement, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Common CauseAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Consumer Meat Boycott [East Bay and San Francisco]Add to your cart.
Folder 27: ConsumerismAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Control of the BodyAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Count Marco AdAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: CourtsAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: CreditAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: DisabilitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Discriminatory Private ClubsAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Domestic WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: DrugsAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: EcologyAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Education, PublicAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Equal PayAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Feminine MystiqueAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Gay MovementAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: FoodAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: General MillsAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: "Games People Should Play"Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Grand JuryAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: HealthAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: HousingAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Women's JobsAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Jobs-unemploymentAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Laughter and TearsAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Legistlation Affecting WomenAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: MCP's (Male Chauvinist Pigs)-Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Marriage, Family, DivorceAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: MediaAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Men's LiberationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Mental HealthAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The MystiquesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Organized CrimeAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: OutrageAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: PeopleAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Political Records General/LegislationAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: PovertyAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Poverty Program (4 years later)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Pregnancy/Differential TreatmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Prison, Women and Lesbianism RapeAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: ProstitutionAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Prudence Crandall: A Case HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Psychiatry and Sex RolesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: QuotasAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: RacismAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Racism-SexismAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Radical Psychiatry and Assertiveness TrainingAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Radical Women's CaucusAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: RapeAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Role ModelsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Sacramento Women's LegislationAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: San Francisco Conference for Liberation and Peace, December 5, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Seattle Times, March 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Senior CitizensAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Sexual Politics-ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Shirley for PresidentAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Small GroupsAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Speakers BureauAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Speeches-Raw MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: SportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Steinem,Gloria (MS etc.)Add to your cart.
Folder 35: SexismAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Taxes-discriminationAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Third World WomenAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Urban Research Corporation Sheraton Palace Conference Affirmative ActionAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Useful ReprintsAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: ViolenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: VolunteerismAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Welfare Action Rally (WAR)Add to your cart.
Folder 43: WAR follow-upsAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: War and PeaceAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: WelfareAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Welfare Conference-Grace Cathedral, January 8, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Welfare Workshop-Riverside, May 29, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Welfare Rights-Program CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: What Would You Do-sample projects (Y Class)Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Women: History of Struggle and Equal Rights AmendmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Women in GovernemtAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Women in MilitaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Women in Trade UnionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: Women's CentersAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Womenl's Refuge CollectiveAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Women's LiberationAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Women's PlacesAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Women's StrifeAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: WorldAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Youth ViewpointsAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Pre-1973 Issues],
[Series 2: Pre-1972 Projects],
[Series 3: National Organization for Women (NOW) and NOW Task Force on Older Women, 1971-78],
[Series 4: Women's Action Training Center (WATC) and Jobs for Older Women (JOW), 1974-76],
[Series 5: Alliance for Displaced Homemakers (ADH), 1975-78],
[Series 6: Older Women's League Education Fund (OWLEF), 1978-],
[Series 7: Older Women's League (OWL), 1980-],
[Series 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1973-88],
[Series 9: Coalition Organizations],
[Series 10: Conference Packages],
[Series 11: Research],
[Series 12: Personal],
[Series 13: Audio-Visual],
[Series 14: Publications],
[All]


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