Papers of Lois Rather, printer, writer, and proprietor, along with her husband Clif Rather, of the Oakland, California-based
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.
Number of containers: 8 cartons, 1 oversize box, 1 cardfile box
(Linear feet: 10.75)
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