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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 11: ResearchAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Track RecordAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Vitae, Resume and Biographical Sketch "Don't Agonize, Organize", 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Nominations to PostsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous Programs, Flyers, Announcements of Events at which Sommers SpokeAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Thank-you, 1972-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clippings (Also see clippings series)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clippings (Also see clippings series)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Speeches, Testimonies, Course Material, Radio CommentariesAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Speech, Outlines, Research Material, pre-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Speech, Outlines, Excerpts, Research material, 1970, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Age and Sex: The Double Bind" Speech given at three different places, 1974, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "All Our Mothers" Speech, University Unitarian Church, MAy 14, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Chico State Women's History Week, Speech, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Citizens Action for Human Rights: "Join Hands" and Other Strategies" Position Paper for St. Paul Conference of International Association of Offcial Humans Rights AgenciesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Comments on Mandatory Retirement, from Panel, American Newspaper Women's Club, Washington D.C., November 29, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Death- A Feminist View", Speech presented at Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa; "Death as a Feminsit Issue" Quest, Summer, March 27, 1976; 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Death and Dying: Staying In Control to the End of our Lives", Gray Paper 9 (also rough draft)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Displaced Homemakers COnference, Pittsburgh, October 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: East Bay NOW Untitled Speech, November 20, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "A Feminist Challenge to Humanism" Speech to Symposium: Human Potential for Potential Change, June 2, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Finishing School for Action: Class I, January 18, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "From Awareness to Action: New Images for the Older Woman" Speech Santa Barbara NOW Workshop, April 19, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "Growing Older Female" Presentation, Slide Show and Discussion, First Prebysterian Church, Palo Alto, APril 23, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "Here Comes the Older Woman", Statement to Department of Health, Education and WElfare, April 21, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 23: "I was a Tomboy...," speech given, circa 1972, 1973 or 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "If we Could Write the Script"Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "Join Hands and the New Feminis", Speech, September 19, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 26: KPFA Radio Commentaries, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "Last Year Roundup" Commentary, KPFA, ; "Matters of Life and Death" (with correspondence), January 13, 1972; 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 28: "Moving From the Letter to the Spirit of Equality" Testimony to Joint Committee on Legal Equality, February 27, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "The Not-so-Helpless Female" Berkeley Symposium flyers (speech text not present), November 11, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 30: "On Being my Age and Learning to Like it", Speech for Prebysterian Women, November 8, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 31: "On the Road to Recovery-with Hope", Speech, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 32: "Power and Work-Feeling on the Fringe" Speech, Soma University, March 5, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Public Forum on Domestic Policy Presentation, December 9, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 34: "Self Concept of the Aged or the Old Grey Mare, She's Better than she used to be", Speech for Spokane Conference, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 35: "The Single Web of Human Rights..." and "Citizen Action for Human Rights" for International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, July 17, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 36: "Social Security: A Feminist Critique", Speech to Institute of Gerontology Conference, Ann Arbor, August 24, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 37: "Social Security: A Woman's Viewpoint", Testimony to the House Select Committee on Aging, September 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 38: "Soul Search", Speec, University of Washington; Speech written by Tish for the Southern California OWL Chapters Anniversary Celebration, February 28, 1968; October 4, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Statement of Tish Sommers before the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights of the house Committee on the Judiciary, September 14, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Statement of Tish Sommers, President, OWL to Hemlock Society, February 9, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Testimony for Secretary's Advisory Committee on rights and REsponsabilities of Women Department of Health , Education and Wekfare, December 4, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 42: "Unchartered Territory", Speech, Dallas; "University Without Walls", Acceptance Speech, November 17, 1978; 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 43: White House Conference on aging; Opening Presentation to Committee 11: "Concerns of Older Women: Growing Numbers, Special Needs", 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 44: "Women Today-Where are We?" Speech Delivered Lake Charles, California, October 21, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Women's History Week Speech, March 3, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 46: "You Can Make Things Change", Speech, Santa Cruz; "Your Health and Mine" (with corresopndence), 1982; 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Flash Cards of Sommers TalksAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Articles, Papers, Outlines for Book ProposalsAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 48: "Aging Futures: Futility or Fruition?" Maggie Kuhn and Sommers. Proposed article for The FuturistAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: "Aging in america: Implications for Women" NCOA monographAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: "Caregiving: A Woman's Issue" In Generations, Fall 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 51: "Changing Society and Ourselves" ["Making Changes in Ourselves and in Society"] Outline and edited text chapter 30. Also forward first draft for Ourselves Growing Older, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 52: "The Compounding Impact of Age on Sex" in Civil Rights Digest, Fall 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Curacar, Genny (Bulbul) Multiple Cartooning ProjectsAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: "Displaced Homemaker, " Outline by Sommers and ShieldsAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Chapter V: "From Dream to Reality"Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Gray Paper: "Creating New Options for Work and Retirement"; "Images- Conversations Between Women 50 and Older," Manuscript by Clare Ellen Frenow, reviewed, with comments by Tish Sommers, 1981; November 30, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 57: "If We Could Write the Script" In Generations, August 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 58: "Long-term Care: Bigegst Dilema, Toughest Problem, Greatest Challenge" In Perspective on Aging, July/August 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 59: "Making Changes: Tommorrow is a Woman's Issue" In Future, Technology and Womoan, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 60: "The Older Woman, " Chapter in University Center on Aging Book Entitled Handbook, January 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 61: "On Growing Older Female: An Interview with Tish Sommers" in Aging, November/ December 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Social Security Article, circa 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 63: "Till DEath do us Part: Care-giving wives of Severely Disabled Husbands, " Reprint from Grey Paper #7, February 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 64: "A Typology of Ageism" In Gray Panther Network, January/ February 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Women Coming of Age (Fonda/ Mc Carthy; Tish Sommers) First and Final Chapters, Draft, November 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 66: 24-66 Women Take Care Epilogue, October 14, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Tish Reading Notes on Publications re: women, 1970Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: The Not-so-Helpless Female Publication FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Book ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence with PublishersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Order InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Curacar, Genny (Bulbul)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Complete DraftAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Wave Makers Manual: A Woman's Guide to Community Action." (Book Rewrite)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: IntroductionAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Chapter I RewriteAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Chapter I EditedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Chapter I UsedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Chapter I SnippetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Chapter II MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Chapter IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Chapter II for TypistAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Chapter II Dead MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Chapter IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Chapter II Second Rewrite DiscardAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Chapter II The "Who" Anatomy of a CampaignAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Chapter for Final RewriteAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Chapter III ExtrasAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Chapter III Miscellaneous MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Chapter III UsedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Chapter III ProjectsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Chapter III ElectoratesAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Chapter III-IV Ruth Mc EAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Chapter III-IV Copy Before TypistAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Chapter III-IV Final RewriteAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Chapter IV First DraftAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Chapter IV UsedAdd to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Chapter IV not usedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Chapter IV RewriteAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Chapter IV Strategy-Tactics-TheoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: ExtrasAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Making Man HumanAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Ballot Box on Fox HillAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Humanizing EnglishAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Push-upsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Guide to Action Outline and LeftoversAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Draft, Chapter Notes, AppendicesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Appendices and MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: ProgressAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Nader-Role ModelAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Male is- Female isAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Growing Older Female Project & Interview FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Notes, CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Interviews (folder 1 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Interviews (folder 2 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Interviews- "Not Useful"Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Response TabulationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Rewrite (?) Outline, Sample Excerpts, 1974Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: China Study Tour, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Notes-Typed and EditedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Notes-Original, HandwrittenAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Guides, China InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence, Shedules, Tour InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Chinese Prints (Brass Rubbings?)Add to your cart.
Folder 27: China-MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Chinese JournalsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 7: Generations-Older Women's Issue, Spring 1980Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Correspondence, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Gerontology-Correspondence, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Platform ArticleAdd 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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