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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 12: PersonalAdd to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Genealogy Dorsch/InnisAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence-Tish and Parents, 1920's and 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Murray Innes (Tish's Father) Correspondence, Will, 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Parent's Marriage Dissolution, Clippins, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dance Study Notebook (criticism, notes on excersices) and Loose notes (in German) re: Dance Study, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Mary Wigman Letter to Mrs. Innes, June 6, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Wigman Certificate/ Letters re: Letitia Innes Enrollment, July 11, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Danse Macabre" Article about dance in Germany and "Time and Rhythm" reprint, circa 1936; 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 9: ADA Dance Congress and Festival, New York, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Dance Programs, 1930's and 1940'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: New DanceLeague and ADA, Los Angeles, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Dancers Federation, Los Angeles, circa 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 13: American Theater Piece Script, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Three Dance Articles by TishAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "Dance Priorities" in Educatoinal Dance, June-July 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Elizabeth Holloway School of the Theatre Brochure, circa 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Stern Grove Music Festival, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "Dances for Democracy" Script, United Nations Square, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The California Magazine; Short Article re: Tish, p. 71. Zoot Suit Riot Article, Newsweek, 1946: 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Dance Lessons Business Flyer-Letitia InnesAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Dance Workshop OutlineAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Tish College Research, miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: University of Wisconsin-Term Papers (Includes one from Joseph Sommers), March 1960-February 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Novel (?) Record of Juan de OnateAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Novel-Mexico (?) (manuscript)Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Novel-The Intruders (manuscript)Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Novel-Macolia (?) and others (manuscripts)Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Tish College TrranscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: FBI: Sommer's FileAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: FBI: Correspondence re: Sommer's File, 1978, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence to Gurian Family (photocopies of), 19662-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Two Notebooks: 1) League of Women Voters and Personal, 2) Personal, 1965-1970; 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, family, pre-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Documents, PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Certificate and Tish Narrative re: Tish JudaismAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Son, Bill, 1969-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Marriage and Marriage DissolutionAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Joe Sommers: Miscellaneous papers, Transcripts, Death, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Old Friends" Correspondence, 1970-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Tish's Record of Winter Trips, 1974-1981Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Birthday CelebrationsAdd to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Fine 59", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Point Reyes, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 15: 1984Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: River TripsAdd to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 16: 1979; 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 18: 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 19: 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Medical: Correspondence and Notes To and From Sommers replied Illness, Physicians' Business Cards, 1979-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Medical Notebooks 1-5, March 22, 1979 thru September 21, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Medical Notebooks 6 and 7; undated cancer conference notes, September 21, 1979 thru January 28, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Medical Journal (scattered notes, scattered dates), 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Notes from Trips" and Medical notes, July 5, 1984 to August 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Medilog:, January-November 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Medical: Nutrition and Diet Supplement InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Medical: Information on Treatment/Drugs Administered to TishAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Cancer Support GroupAdd to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Cancer Articles, 1979-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Cancer Article Clippings, 1981-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Cancer Classes 1-4, Informational HandoutsAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Cancer Support GroupAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cancer Support GroupAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Cancer Support GroupAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Sommers' DeathAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Bay Area Funeral SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Certificate of DeathAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Articles, Clippings re. Sommers, her deathAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Articles, Clippings re. Sommers, her deathAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "Tish's Videotaped Message: The Long View" notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Memorial: "Remembering Tish Sommers, 1914-1985" Washington D.C., October 25, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Memorial: "Celebration of Tish's Life, " Oakland, November 16, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Memorial: "In Celebration of an Activist Life, " National OWL Convention, Oakland, September 13, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "In Celebration of an Activist Life" Making a Commitment, responses, September 13, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Memorial: "Lessons from a Freelance Agitator: A Tribute to Tish Sommers, " American Society on Aging; Memorial Service: Guest, personal memento and gift lists, March 22, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Tish Photo Request Lists (Post Memorial )Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Board of Supervisors, San Mateo County Letter and Certificate, October 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Condolences and Replies (Shields)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Sympathy CardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Sympathy CardsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Financial, Will, PropertiesAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Letitia Sommers Trust/ Living Will, 1979-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Inheritance Tax, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (Joe Sommers) Benefits for Tish Sommers, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 21: 434 66th St. House (Prudence Crandall House), 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 22: 3800 Harrison St. House, 1976-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Investments, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Finances, Miscellaneous: 1960's, 1970's; Statement of Worth, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Thomas Silk Trusts (Attorney's Advice)Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Insurance Claim, Theft, October 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Social SecurityAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence with Investment Companies, 1977-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Finances, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Finances, 1984Add to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Item 1: Eight OWL ButtonsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Memorabilia: Three StampsAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Memprabilia: Two Paper WeightsAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Memorabilia: One Candy Cane StockingAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Memorabilia: One Address/ Telephone Number's BoxAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Memorabilia: Eight Address Books (from Washington D.C., Oakland, Berkeley)Add to your cart.
Item 7: Memorabilia: Nine Three Subject Notebook (Daily-Minutes-Journal):, January 1, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 8: Memorabilia: July 14, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 9: Memorabilia: June 3, 1971Add to your cart.
Item 10: Memorabilia: January 3, 1972-July 12, 1972Add to your cart.
Item 11: Memorabilia: July 12, 1972Add to your cart.
Item 12: Memorabilia: May 23, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 13: Memorabilia: January 1976Add to your cart.
Item 14: Memorabilia: September 30, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 15: Memorabilia: July 21, 1979Add to your cart.
Item 16: Trip Books: January-September 1975Add to your cart.
Item 17: Trip Books: January 1980Add to your cart.
Item 18: Week/Month Calendars: 1970-1975Add to your cart.
Item 19: Week/Month Calendars: 1977Add to your cart.
Item 20: Week/Month Calendars: 1978Add to your cart.
Item 21: Week/Month Calendars: 1979 (one month and one week at a glance)Add to your cart.
Item 22: Week/Month Calendars: 1980-1985Add 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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