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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 5: Alliance for Displaced Homemakers (ADH), 1975-78Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: ADH Center, OaklandAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Displaced Homemakers Center, Unsorted Papers, 1976-78Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Displaced Homemakers Center - TrainingAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Displaced Homemakers "Histories," Newsletters, Fact SheetAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Multi-purpose Service Center, SampleAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Displaced Homemakers Center, By-lawsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Personnel PoliciesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: First Quarterly Report, September - November 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Membership Meeting, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Center Policy Board Minutes, 1976, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Displaced Homemakers Center - Advisory Board, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Displaced Homemakers Center - Board of Directors, Correspondence, Minutes, 1976-77Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Staff Minutes, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bill Supporters, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Displaced Homemakers Bill, California Proposal, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Displaced Homemakers Bill, California, 1975-76Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Displaced Homemakers Bill, California, 1975-76Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Displaced Homemakers Bill, California Media, 1975-76Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Displaced Homemakers, Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), State, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Displaced Homemakers Center, CETA Proposal, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 20: CETA Testimony, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Displaced Homemakers Center, Letters of Support, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Displaced Homemakers Center, Piggy-back Proposals, 1975-76Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Displaced Homemakers Center, Health and Welfare Agency, 1975-76Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Borge, Doris, Health Education and Welfare, Public Hearing, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Displaced Homemakers Center, Divorce Testimony JCLA, CA, February 27, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Displaced Homemakers Center, Community Organization, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Displaced Homemakers Center, Money Management Information, 1976Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: ADH / NOW Task ForceAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Displaced Homemakers Center-Correspondence, 1975-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Displaced Homemakers-Bills Outside California, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Displaced Homemakers-C.E.T.A., 1975, 1976, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Displaced Homemakers Bill-National Legislation, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Displaced Homemakers, National Legislation, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Alliance for Displaced Homemakers National Legislation, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Displaced Homemakers Action Project (National) Report, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Australian Training ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: "Civil Rights Digest" Articles, 1974-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Employment Statistics, miscellaneous, 1972-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 38: DHC and ADH Newsletters, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 39: DH Organizing Committee, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Washington D.C., June 8-9, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Alliance for Displaced Homemakers-Funding Proposal, 1976Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: ADH Network, Washington D.C.Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 42: DH-Network Regional RepresentativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: DH-Homemaker Title III Program Contract ProposalAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: DH Network-(Mixed), 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 45: DH Network-Agreement with OWLEF, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 46: DH Network-CETA, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 47: DH Network-Articles of Incorporation Amendement, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 48: DH Network-Executive Committee Minutes, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 49: DH Network-Governing Board Minutes, April 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 50: DH Network Conference, 10-82Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: DHC-transition notes, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Federal Employment for Older WomenAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Mother's Day Statements, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: DHC-Job Creation Project, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: DHC-Job Creation Workshop, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: DHC-Job Creation workshop Follow-up, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's Educational Equity Program, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "An Evaluation of the Displaced Homemakers Program", January 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: DHC-Kelly Girls, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Closing of D.H. Alliance, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Career Planning Center, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Kentucky Displaced Homemakers Survey, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: DH-Home health,, Circa 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 14: DH Network, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: ADH Hearing Transcripts, Congressional RecordsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "The Discarding of Mrs. Hill", February 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Requests for help (mixed sources), 1976, 9177Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Lou Cottin ColumnAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Woman Show, Correspondence to, Circa 1977Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Donahue and Family Weekly Responses, 1976-77Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Family Weekly-ArkansasAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: AlabamaAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: AlaskaAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: ArizonaAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: California (zip 90 and 91...)Add to your cart.
Folder 24: California (zip 92...)Add to your cart.
Folder 25: California (zip 93 and 94...)Add to your cart.
Folder 26: California (zip 95 and 96...)Add to your cart.
Folder 27: CanadaAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: ColoradoAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: ConnecticutAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: DelawareAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: FloridaAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: GeorgiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: IdahoAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: IllinoisAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: IndianaAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: IowaAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: KansasAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: KentuckyAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: MaineAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: MarylandAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: MassachusettsAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: MichiganAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: MinnesotaAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: MissouriAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: MontanaAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: NebraskaAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: NevadaAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: New HampshireAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: New JerseyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: New MexicoAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: New YorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: North CarolinaAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: OhioAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: OregonAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Pennsylvania (part 1)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Pennsylvania (part 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Pennsylvania (part 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Rhode IslandAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: South CarolinaAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: South DakotaAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: TennesseeAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: UtahAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: VermontAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: VirginiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: WashingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: West VirginiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: WisconsinAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: WyomingAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: Women's Day Article Responses, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Alaska-CaliforniaAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Colorado-LouisianaAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Massachusetts-New HampshireAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: New Jersey-OhioAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Oklahoma-Wisconsin and ForeignAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 7: Over Easy Responses, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Over EasyAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Over EasyAdd 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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