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Inventory of the Group Four Records
MS 152  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Group Four records
    Dates: 1989-2003
    Bulk Dates: (Bulk 1990-1996)
    Collection number: MS 152
    Creator: Group Four
    Collection Size: 10 half cartons, 1 carton, 1 flat
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection contains the records & activities of Group Four. It covers the formation of the group, the 1991-1992 conferences held at Esalen and the subsequent publishing project resulting in the publication of The New Older Woman in 1996 by Celestial Arts Press.
    Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Group Four--archives
    Older women--United States
    Downes Baskin, Peggy
    Faul, Patricia
    Mudd, Virginia
    Tuttle, Ilene