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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 9: Coalition OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: ACTION, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Advocates Senior Alert Process, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Aging Health Policy Center. U.C. San Francisco, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Alumnae Resources, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Association for International Aging, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: American Association of Retired Persons, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-REtirement Program, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: American Humanist Association, 1983, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Ammon-Wexler, jill, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Breakaway, July 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Business and Professional WomenAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Boston Women's Health Book Collective, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Bay Area Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, 1985Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: California Commission on AgingAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 15: 1974-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 16: CA Rural Legal Assitance, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Advocacy Statement, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Affirmative Action, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Carol Estes Material, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 20: CCOA and CETA, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Employment Committee Priorities, 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Employment Committee, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Employment Committee, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Employment Hearing Reports, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Executive Secretary, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Finances, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Hearings, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Long Distance Telephone LogAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Media Committee, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 30: CCOA and Prop 13Add to your cart.
Folder 31: State Age Discrimination Task Force, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Title IXAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Torres InterviewAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Volunteerism and AgingAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: California Commission on Aging/ Eva Skinner Appointment, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 36: California Department of, and Commission on Aging, 1981-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 37: California Elders Educational Forum, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 38: California Federation of Labor, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 39: California Legislative Council for Older Americans, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 40: California NOW, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 41: The California Project, 1982-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 42: California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLA) Senior Citizens ProjectAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: California Seniors Coalition, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Canadian Health Care SystemAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: CatalystAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: CelebritiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Center for Advanced Learning (John F. Kennedy University), 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Center for Women Policy Studies, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Center for Understanding Aging, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 50: The Central Group, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Citizens Against Nuclear War (CAN), 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Citizens Council on Earnings Sharing, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Citizens Council on Earnings Sharing, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Citizens Council on Earnings Sharing, 1985Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Citizens Council on Earnings Sharing, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Citizens Council and Public Education Campaign (for Board dsicussion), May 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Coal Mining Women's Support Team, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Coalition Against Discrimination, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Coalition ofSenior Citizen Organizations, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Coalition on Women and the Budget, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Commission on Status of Women, 1978-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Committee for National Security, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Comparable Worth Project, 1982-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Congress of California Seniors, 1977, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, 1979-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Consumer Advisory Committee (CA Association of Health Facilities), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Council of Presidents, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Council of Foundations, Denver, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Cunningham, MaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Dellums, RonaldAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Dramatizations of Women in American History, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 20: The Emeritus Foundation, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Equal Rights Advocates, 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Family Survival Project, 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Feldman, Marcia-media planAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Flanagan, Joan- Grass Roots Fundraising, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Gerontological SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Gerontology Society Meeting, Dallas, 1978Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Gray PanthersAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 27: LocalAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Articles About and by Maggie Kuhn; NY Times Article IndexAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Beaven Study, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 30: By-Laws and RevisionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Gray Panther Manual: Outlines, Correspondence, "How to Work with Bureaucracy", circa 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 32: National Coordinator Search, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 33: no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: 1974-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 35: 1979 (folder 1)Add to your cart.
Folder 36: 1979 (folder 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 37: 1980 (folder 1)Add to your cart.
Folder 38: 1980 (folder 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 39: 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 40: 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Great Age Coorporation, 1982Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Hartstein, Sidney, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Health Security Action Council, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Helios Productions, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Hernandez AssociatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Hub Program for Women's Enterprise, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Human Serve FundAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Independent Sector, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Independent Sector, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Independent Sector (film premiere), 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 10: International Federation on agingAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: International Women's Year, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 12: International Women's Year-CA State Meeting, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Johnson County Office of Human REsources and AgingAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Junior LeaguesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Law in a Free Society, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, 1983-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Management on Call, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 18: National Association of State Units on aging/ N4a, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 19: National Association of State Units on AgingAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: National Coalition on Older Women's Issues (Center for Women Policy Studies), 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 22: National Citizen's Board of Inquiry, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 23: National Committee for Responsive PhilantropyAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: National Council on Senior Citizens, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 25: National Council on the Aging (NCOA) ERA Workshop, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 26: NCOA Mid-life Woman Center Proposal, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 27: NCOA-social Security, paper, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 28: NCOA, 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 29: National Foundation for Women's Health, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 30: National Information bureau, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 31: National Policy Center on Employment and Retirement (Andrus Gerontology Center), 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 32: National Policy Center on Women and AgingAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: National Senior Citizens Law Center, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 34: National Women's Conference Center, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 35: National Women's Health Network, 1979-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 36: New England Regional Commission for Women-annual meeting, October 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 37: New Ways to work, 1981-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 38: New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 39: 9 to 5: National Association of Working Women, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Northern California Foundation Group, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Options for Women Over 40, 1981-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Over 60 Health Clinic, Incorporated, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Pension Rights Center, 1978-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Political Action Committee (PAC), and other political activism, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Project J.O.Y (Joining Older and Younger), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Project Share, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Public Media CenterAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Resources forMidlife and Older Women, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Retired Senior Volunteer ProgramAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Reynolds, MalvenaAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: San Francisco Bay Area Self-Help ClearinghouseAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: San Francisco Women's CenterAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Save Our Security, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Senior PACAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Task Force on Age Discrimination, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Trade Union Connections and NCSDAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: United Methodist Church Older Adult Advocacy Advisory GroupAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Unity Productions, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 59: University Without Walls; Unitarian Universalist Service Committe, " In Memoriam Persis Sibley Miller", 1984; 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation "Being Our Age and Learning to Like it", 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Villers Advocacy AssociatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: The Villers Foundation Income Security SEminar, January, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Vorsanger, Carolyn, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Wages for Housework, 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Weaver Communications, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Weinberg, JeanAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Western Gerontology SocietyAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 67: 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Older Women Satnding Committee, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Convention; Seattle, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 70: 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Conference; Albuquerque, 1983Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Fall Trianing Conference; San Francisco, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Annual Meeting; Anaheim, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Conference; Denver, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Generations" articles, correspondence re: caregiver issue, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Wider Opportunities for Women, Incorporated, 1977-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Women and Foundations/ Corporate Philantropy, 1979-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women PalnnersAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Women's Action AllianceAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Women in Politics, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Women's Bureau, United States Department of Labor, 1981-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Women's Economic Agenda Project, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Women's Equity Action League (WEAL), 1981-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Women's Equity Network, 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Women's Legislative Institute, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Women's Studies Center and Policy Center, Geo., Washington UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Working Women (Advisory Board), 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 18: World Assembly on AgingAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Xerox Corporation ("Experience Works"), 1984-1985Add 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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