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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 14: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: BooksAdd to your cart.
Box 43Add to your cart.
Item 1: Allen, Robert I. : Dialectics of Black PowerAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Barndt, Joseph: Liberating our White GhettoAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Benston, Margaret: The Political Economy of Women's LiberationAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Cade, Toni: The Black WomanAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Cleaver, Eldridge: Soul on IceAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Coleman, Penelope Morgan: Dave to Seek (A one-act play), 1976Add to your cart.
Item 7: Coye, Molly Joel and Jon Livingston: China: Yesterday and TodayAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Crook, William H. and Ross Thomas: Warriors for the PoorAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Dixon, Marlene: Why Women's LiberationAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Dumas, Aaron: The StrangerAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Eddy, Elizabeth M.: Walk the White LineAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Fairdervis, Walter A. Jr. : The Origins of Oriental CivilizationAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Felber, John E. : People's Republic of ChinaAdd to your cart.
Item 14: Gilfix, Michael: Aging and the Law:Legal Problems of Older WomenAdd to your cart.
Item 15: Greene, Carolyn Jetter: 70 Soul Secrets of SapphireAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Haber, Barbara and Al Haber: Getting by with a Little Help from our FriendsAdd to your cart.
Item 17: Hansen, Joseph: The "Population Explosion"Add to your cart.
Item 18: Harris, Louis and Associates: The Virginia Slims American Women's Opinion PollAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Harris, Louis and Associates: The 1972 Virginia SLims American  Women's Opinion PollAdd to your cart.
Item 20: Hayden, Tom: Rebellion in Newark: Officail Violence and Ghetto ResponseAdd to your cart.
Item 21: Heyer, Robert: Am I A Racist?Add to your cart.
Item 22: Janowitz, Gayle: Helping Hands:Volunteer Work in EducationAdd to your cart.
Item 23: King, Martin Luther Jr. : Strength to LoveAdd to your cart.
Item 24: King, Martin Luther Jr. : Why We Can't WaitAdd to your cart.
Item 25: Malcom X. : The Autobiography of Malcom X.Add to your cart.
Item 26: Mitchell, Juliet: Women: the Longest Revolution (2 copies)Add to your cart.
Item 27: Murray, Pauli: Dark Testament and other poemsAdd to your cart.
Item 28: Paulus, Trina: Hope for the FlowersAdd to your cart.
Item 29: Portland Art Museum: A Guide to Cameroon Art from the Collection of Paul and Clara GebauerAdd to your cart.
Item 30: Reed, Evelyn : Problems of Women's Libearion: A Marxist ApproachAdd to your cart.
Item 31: Reed, Evelyn: An Answer to "The Naked Ape"Add to your cart.
Item 32: Reyes, Frank and Roger Reynolds: Bridge Without End.Add to your cart.
Item 33: Riessman, Frank :The Culturally Deprived ChildAdd to your cart.
Item 34: Schiller, Rose Leiman: FencesAdd to your cart.
Item 35: SChular, Antonia Castaneda, Tomas Ybarra-Frausto, Joseph Sommers: Literatura Chicana: Texto y Contexto (Autographed by Joseph Sommers)Add to your cart.
Item 36: Sidel, Ruth: Families of Fengsheng: Urban Life in ChinaAdd to your cart.
Item 37: Smith, Craig W. and Eric W. Skjei : "Tish Sommers and Old Gal's Network Take on CETA," :Gettign Grants, 1980Add to your cart.
Item 38: Taylor, RObert Lewis: Vessel of Wrath:The Life and Times of Carry NationAdd to your cart.
Item 39: Terry, Robert W. : For Whites OnlyAdd to your cart.
Item 40: Troupe, Quincy: Watts Poets:A Book of New Poetry and EssaysAdd to your cart.
Item 41: Tsetung, Mao: Mao Tsetung PoemsAdd to your cart.
Item 42: Wills, Garry: The Second Civil WarAdd to your cart.
Item 43: American Child, Winter 1967Add to your cart.
Item 44: Aphra (Issue devoted to "The Woman as Artist."), Spring 1970Add to your cart.
Item 45: Aphra (Issue devoted to "Free Women: The Family."), Autumn 1970Add to your cart.
Item 46: Antioch the Review (Issue devoted to "The Watts Writers Workshop"), Fall 1967Add to your cart.
Item 47: Documents of the First Session of the Fifth National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (First edition 1978.Printed in the People's Republic of China)Add to your cart.
Item 48: Negro Digest ("Annual Theather Issue"), April 1968Add to your cart.
Item 49: OneYear Later (Published by the Urban America and Urban Coalition), 1969Add to your cart.
Item 50: Political Affairs: Journal of Marxist Thought and Analysis (Issue devoted to "Women: The Fight for Equality"), March 1971Add to your cart.
Item 51: Prime Time Women: A Start Now Calendar, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 52: Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (2 copies)Add to your cart.
Item 53: The Seattle Human Rights CommissionAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: PeriodicalsAdd to your cart.
Box 44Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Aging"Add to your cart.

April1975,

November-December 1979,

March -April 1980,

November-December 1980,

September-October 1981,

January-August 1982,

Fall 1983,

October 1983-March 1984,

June-July 1984

Item 2: "Aging and Work"Add to your cart.

Spring-Winter 1978,

Spring-Fall 1979,

Spring-Fall 1980,

Summer and Winter 1981

Item 3: "Ageing International"Add to your cart.

Winter 1979,

Spring-Summer and Winter 1981,

Spring 1982,

Spring. Autumn and Winter 1983/1984,

Autumn 1975-Spring 1976,

Spring- Autumn 1977,

Summer and Autumn 1979,

Winter 1980,

1980-1981 and 1983

Item 4: "The Atlantic", March and Ocotber 1977Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Aging Services News", Aparil 23, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association Newsletter", Fall 1984, Spring-Summer 1985Add to your cart.
Item 7: "The Black Scholar", December 1969 and December 1970Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Broomstick"Add to your cart.

December 1979,

February 1980,

April-December 1980,

February 1981-February 1983

Item 9: "California Journal", July-September 1982Add to your cart.
Item 10: "California Work", September 1976Add to your cart.
Item 11: "Capitol Alert", April 20, 1973 and May 31, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Catalyst" (A Socialist Journal of the Social Sevices) no. 6 and 8, 1980Add to your cart.
Item 13: "Civil Rights Digest", Winter 1972, Spring and Fall 1974, Summer and Fall 1978Add to your cart.
Item 14: "C/O" (Journal of Alternative Human Services), Spring 1980Add to your cart.
Item 15: "Country Women", July 1974Add to your cart.
Item 16: "The Creative Woman", Fall 1980Add to your cart.
Item 17: "Chronicle" (Cronicle Nest Newsletter), Winter 1985Add to your cart.
Item 18: "Displaced Homemakers Center Newsletter", January/February, June and September/Ocotber 1976Add to your cart.
Item 19: "Do it NOW", December 1976Add to your cart.
Item 20: "Economic Development Law Project Report", November/December 1977, January/February and May/June 1978Add to your cart.
Item 21: "Field Advocate", February/May 1985, September and December 1986Add to your cart.
Item 22: "50 Plus", August 1980Add to your cart.
Item 23: "Foundation News", March/April 1982, July/August 1983, March/April 1984Add to your cart.
Box 45Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Generations"Add to your cart.

Summer-Fall 1977,

Summer 1978-Spring 1979,

May and August 1980,

Summer 1981, Spring and Fall 1982,

Fall 1983-Spring 1985

Item 2: "The Grantsmanship Center News", January/February 1984Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Gray Paper: Issues for Action" number 1-8Add to your cart.
Item 4: "Gray Paper: Death and Dying: Staying in Control to the End of our Lives"Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Gary Panther Network", Summer 1986Add to your cart.
Item 6: "The Gerontologist", June 1974Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Harper's", January 1978Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Hemlock Quarterly", October 1980-July 1985Add to your cart.
Item 9: "Human Ecology Forum", Fall 1976Add to your cart.
Item 10: "Industrial Gerontology-Problems, Potentials of Work and Age", Fall 1973, Spring and Winter 1974, Fall 1975, Winter 1976-Winter 1977Add to your cart.
Item 11: "Journal of Gerontology", May 1974Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Journal of the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies", Summer 1978Add to your cart.
Item 13: "The Journal of Minority Aging", August 1978-June 1979Add to your cart.
Item 14: "Modern Maturity", October-November 1983Add to your cart.
Item 15: "Ms.", January 1982, July 1986Add to your cart.
Item 16: "Network News" (Newsletter of the Displaced Homemakers Network), January 1979, July 1980 and February 1983Add to your cart.
Item 17: "New Directions for Women", November/December 1980, January/February 1988Add to your cart.
Item 18: "National Organization for Women" (Scattered newsletters containing different titles from different cities across the United States.), February 14, June and December 1972, April and May 1973,March and July 1978Add to your cart.
Item 19: "The Oakland Voter", March 1973Add to your cart.
Item 20: "Older American Reports", January, April and November 1981, February 1982Add to your cart.
Item 21: "OWL-CA News", January-March and Fall 1988, June 1991, August and December 1993-October 19Add to your cart.
Item 22: "OWLEF Newsletter", April, July, October 1979, January and May 1980, May 1981Add to your cart.
Item 23: "OWL National Office", Septemeber and November/December 1981- February 1982Add to your cart.
Item 24: "OWL Observer" Special Edition: Women and PensionAdd to your cart.
Item 25: "OWL Observer" (Newspaper)Add to your cart.
March and May 1982-December 1988, March/April, June/July and October/November/December 1989
Item 26: "OWL Report on the Status of Midlife and Older Women in America", circa 1986Add to your cart.
Item 27: "Perspectives", Summer 1980 and Fall 1982Add to your cart.
Item 28: "Perspective on Aging", January -April 1977, May/June 1980Add to your cart.
Item 29: "Prime Time", January 1974, April-July 1977Add to your cart.
Item 30: "Response", June 1980Add to your cart.
Item 31: "The Road to Poverty: A Report on the Economic Status of Midlife and Older Women in America" by OWLAdd to your cart.
Item 32: "Saturday Review", June 14, 1975, June 25, 1977, January 7 and February 4, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 33: "Scientific American", September 1973Add to your cart.
Item 34: "Senior Edition", November 1980Add to your cart.
Item 35: "Senior Power"Add to your cart.

July/August 1981,

January/February,

May/June and September/October 1982,

January/February and July/August 1983,

March/April, July/August and September/October 1984,

January-August 1985

Item 36: "Shared Housing Quarterly", April 1985Add to your cart.
Item 37: "The Single Parent", December 1975Add to your cart.
Item 38: "Sister Courage", November 1976Add to your cart.
Item 39: "Sisters in Poverty", June 1972Add to your cart.
Box 46Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Social Policy"Add to your cart.

March/April 1973,

November/December 1976,

January/February, May/June,

September 1977-April 1978,

September 1978-February 1979,

September 1979-December 1979,

May/June, November/December 1980-June 1981,

September/October 1981,

Spring 1982-Spring 1983,

Fall 1984

Item 2: "Social Security Bulletin", February, July and August 1982Add to your cart.
Item 3: "The Spokeswoman"Add to your cart.

April 1973,

August and November 1979,

March-April 1980,

January-February, May-June, August-November 1981

Item 4: "The Summit", May 1984Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Task Force on Older Women", October 1973, May 1975, December 1976, March 1977Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Time", July 4, 1976(Special Issue); November 7, 1977; January 9 and 30, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Transatlantic Persperctives", January 1981Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Up from Under", May/June, August/September 1970; January/February 1971 and Winter 1971-Add to your cart.
Item 9: "The Urban and Social Change Review", Summer and Winter 1979; Summer 1980Add to your cart.
Item 10: "U.S. News and World Report", January 9 and 16, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 11: "Voluntary Action Leadership", Winter 1981Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Washington Women's Representative"Add to your cart.

March 15-August 31, 1980;

October 15, 1980-February 15, 1981;

April 15-May 31, 1981;

July 15-August 15, 1981

Item 13: "WIN News" (Women's International Network), Autumn 1981Add to your cart.
Item 14: "Wingspan" (with introduction), January-May, August 1984Add to your cart.
Item 15: "Women: A Journal of Liberation", Spring-Fall 1970; Winter 1971; Spring-Summer 1972; Summer 1976Add to your cart.
Item 16: "Woman Spirit", 1974Add to your cart.
Item 17: "Women's Liberation"Add to your cart.
Item 18: "Women's Work", September/October 1977; January/August 1978; November 1978-February 1979Add to your cart.
Item 19: "Work Times", Winter 1985Add to your cart.
Item 20: "Women's World", February 2, 1988Add to your cart.
Box 47Add to your cart.
Item 1: Unprocessed personal financial (e.g., bank statements, bills, etc.)Add to your cart.
Box 48Add to your cart.
Item 1: Unprocessed personal financial (e.g., bank statements, bills, etc.)Add to your cart.
Box 49Add to your cart.
Item 1: Unprocessed personal financial (e.g., bank statements, bills, etc.)Add to your cart.
Box 50Add to your cart.
Item 1: Awards/Plaques/Letters of Commendation, Cartoons/Comic DrawingsAdd 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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