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Guide to the S.O.S. Program Collection ARS.0053
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope And Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Sponsor
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: S.O.S. Program Collection
    Dates: 1963-2004
    Collection number: ARS.0053
    Creator: Moltzen, Sally
    Collection size: 1 box
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: Lecture recordings and transcripts from the S.O.S. Program, a pioneering divorce therapy group founded in Palo Alto, California in 1963 by Sally Spray (now Sally Moltzen).
    Language of Material: English


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    S.O.S. Program Collection, ARS-0053. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope And Contents

    The S.O.S. Program Collection consists of recordings, transcripts and supporting material documenting the S.O.S. Program, a series of public service lectures and discussion groups for people undergoing divorce, founded by Sally Spray (presently Sally Moltzen) in Palo Alto, California in 1963. The S.O.S. Program, which according to Moltzen was "the first organized professionally-led discussion group in the country," provided some of the first access to mental health professionals by persons with marital problems outside of private practice. Their successful model for divorce group therapy inspired many similiar groups around country. A more detailed list of collection contents, including the names of speakers, is available.


    Both the tape recordings and their transcripts reside in a single container. A list is enclosed which describes the contents of the tapes.


    This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Indexing Terms

    Moltzen, Sally
    Parents without Partners, inc..
    Divorce therapy