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Finding Aid to the Lois Rather papers, circa 1877-1996 (bulk 1945-1985)
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Series 1:  Correspondence. circa 1940-1995

Physical Description: Carton 1

Scope and Content Note

General correspondence dating from 1970 to 1995; correspondence with Dr. Larson, Glenn Wessels, Helen Lee, Dr. David Palmer, Dan Solo, the Sakuma family, Carol Cunningham, Jim Weygand, Carol and Mark Van Doren, Sherwood Grover, Paul Walker, San Francisco Archive of Performing Art, Silverado Museum, and assorted personal friends and family members.

Series 2:  Writings and notes. circa 1930-1994

Physical Description: Carton 2-4; Carton 5, folder 1-9

Scope and Content Note

Assorted writings (published and unpublished) of Lois Rather, including manuscripts of books and stories. Also includes notes on dance, Susan B. Anthony, and family history.

Series 3:  Rather Press printed materials and printing notes. circa 1969-1996

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 10-27; carton 6; carton 7, folder 1-2; oversize box 1; cardfile box 1

Scope and Content Note

Various items printed by the Rather Press, including many written by Lois and Clif Rather. Also includes notebooks and notes on the printing process at the Rather Press. Oversize box 1 includes an account book for the Rather Press. Cardfile box 1 consists of an index card mailing list and an alphabetical card file of recipients of Rather Press publications.

Series 4:  Printed materials from other printers and institutions. circa 1960-1990

Physical Description: Carton 7, folder 3-26; carton 8, folder 1-7

Scope and Content Note

Printed materials from other presses and institutions, including the Hart Press, the Book Club of California, the Roxburghe Club, Les Lloyd, Mills College, the Gleeson Library, Paul Livingston, Edwin R. Willis, Norman Strouse, the Glovers, the Bancroft Library, the Scarlet Ibis Press, and Lawton and Kennedy. Also includes assorted printed items from a range of institutions.

Series 5:  Correspondence with Paul Padgette and related papers. circa 1974-1996

Physical Description: Carton 8, folder 8-13

Series 6:  Early family papers. 1877-1880

Physical Description: Oversize box 1

Scope and Content Note

Four letters to various recipients from Kate and Henry Jackson of Walla Walla, Washington. Also includes one Power of Attorney form and one photograph (carte de visite) of an unidentified girl. On the back of the photograph is written: "Is this cousin Kate."

Series 7:  Assorted other papers. circa 1940-1994

Physical Description: Carton 8, folder 14-25

Scope and Content Note

Clif Rather's 1963 trip scrapbook; writings of DeForest Rodecape; memorial card for Lois Rather; a few photographs of Lois and Clif Rather; clippings about the Rather Press; some biographical materials; and an illustration (Noah's Ark) by Joyce Lancaster Wilson.