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  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Group Four records
    Creator: Group Four
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.152
    Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet 12 boxes (10 half cartons, 1 carton, 1 flat)
    Date (inclusive): 1989-2003 (Bulk 1990-1996)
    Date (bulk): 1990-1996
    Abstract: This collection contains the records & activities of Group Four. It covers the formation of Group Four, the 1991-1992 conferences held at Esalen and the subsequent publishing project.
    Physical Location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    Group Four records. MS 152. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Ilene Tuttle, 2003

    Organizational History

    In 1990, Dr. Peggy Downes Baskin, Patricia Faul, Virginia Mudd and Ilene Tuttle, formed a business association, Group Four, for the purpose of conducting seminars on subjects of current interest to women.
    Group Four sponsored two one-week conferences at Esalen Institute in 1991 and 1992 under the title The New Older Woman. These conferences were designed to investigate commonalities facing women over fifty, produce a possible pilot framework for participation by a broader audience of women, and to propose ways women can plan ahead for changing life patterns. The invitees were American women of achievement from a variety of professions. They included 1991 participants: Ruth Asawa, Artist, Mary Catherine Bateson, Anthropologist, Virginia Boyer, Gerontologist, Ruth Brinker, Community Activist & Founder of Project Open Hand, Denise Scott Brown, Architect, Dr, Cecelia Hurwich, Psychologist, Dr. Mildred Mathias, Botanist, Bette Mullen, Director of Women's Programs, AARP, Gail Sheehy, Author, Harriett Woods, President National Women's Political Caucus, Marilyn Yalom, Professor French & English Literature, Stanford University. The 1992 participants were Libby Cater, White House Advisor, Dr. Syliva Earle, Oceanographer, Claire Falkenstein, Artist, Sally Lilienthal, Director of Ploughshares Fund, Judith Paige, Nutritionist and Fashion Model,Dr. Jane Porcino, Gerontologist, Judith Reemstma, TV Producer, Mary Louise Smith, Chair Republican Party, Irene Tinker, Chair Women's Programs UCB, Gwen Yeo, Director Geriatric Education, Stanford University, Dr. Eleanor Zucherman, Clinical Psychologist.
    The conferences were taped, and transcribed and a book proposal was written by Group Four and shopped to publishers. After initial hesitation by publishing community, an expanded proposal was wrtten and the format of the book was decided. The book contract was signed with Ten Speed Press/Celestial Arts Press on October 28, 1993.
    After the publication of New Older Woman, Group Four as an association did not pursue any further conferences or activities and has been disbanded.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection covers the formation of Group Four, the 1991-1992 conferences held at Esalen and the subsequent book project resulting in the publication of The New Older Woman in 1996 by Celestial Arts Press.


    The material is arranged in chronological order.

    Related Materials

    The new older woman: a dialogue for the coming century is availabe in UCSC Library Search under call number HQ1064.U5 N356 1996.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Older women -- United States
    Mudd, Virginia, 1949-
    Tuttle, Ilene B., 1924-
    Group Four
    Downes Baskin, Peggy
    Faul, Patricia