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Finding Aid to the Lois Rather papers, circa 1877-1996 (bulk 1945-1985)
BANC MSS 98/61 c  
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Description
Papers of Lois Rather, printer, writer, and proprietor, along with her husband Clif Rather, of the Oakland, California-based Rather Press.
Background
Lois Rather was a printer, writer, and proprietor, along with her husband Clif Rather, of the Oakland, California-based Rather Press. The press was located in a private home in Oakland and, except for making the paper, all press operations were performed by the Rathers themselves. Lois was born in Chicago in 1905 and moved to California with her family in 1925. She received her teaching credential from San Francisco State College and worked as a teacher and director with the San Francisco Children's Theater. She served as research supervisor of the Works Progress Administration Federal Theater from 1935-1936. For some years, Lois worked as a typist and editor for the graduate thesis shop at the University of California, Berkeley and did some transcription and historical research for Lawrence Kinnaird and Herbert Bolton. She married DeForest Rodecape, a librarian at UC Berkeley, in 1936. After Rodecape's death in 1943, Rather taught in the Oakland Public Schools (mostly kindergarten). In 1969, Lois Rather resigned from teaching and devoted her energies to the Rather Press.
Extent
Number of containers: 8 cartons, 1 oversize box, 1 cardfile box (Linear feet: 10.75)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Availability
Collection is open for research.