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Toby Myers Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Finding Aid/Inventory

Personal Correspondence

Creative Works

Professional Development

Religious Involvement

Advocacy

Public Speaking

Biographical Material

Research Material

Awards and Recognitions

PIVOT Involvement

Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) Involvement

In Europe for The International Development Project

Miscellaneous Photographs



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Toby Myers Papers, 1972-2010 | University of Houston Libraries

By Jonathan R. Casiano

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Collection Overview

Title: Toby Myers Papers, 1972-2010

Predominant Dates:1976-1995

ID: 02/2010-018

Primary Creator: Myers, Toby

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2010

Subjects: Abused women - Care - Texas, Family violence - Texas, Myers, Toby

Forms of Material: Brochures, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Manuscripts, Photographs, Typescripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes the records, correspondence, written works, articles, and photographs that document the life of Toby Myers as a worker in the Battered Women’s Movement.  The thirteen series span from 1972 to 2010.

All material grouped within a series is chronologically arranged.

Related Materials:

Houston Area Women’s Center Records (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=351)

Nikki Van Hightower Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=304)

Toby M. Myers and Deborah D. Tucker Texas Council on Family Violence Records (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=352)

Biographical Note

Called “the Mother of the Texas Battered Women’s Movement” by the Texas Council on Family Violence, Toby Myers is a longtime advocate, speaker, and licensed clinical social worker who has dedicated her life to the fight against domestic violence. Herself a survivor of domestic abuse, Toby Myers received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin before obtaining a doctorate from the University of Houston in 1976. She has served since 1992 on the Jewish Advisory Board of the Faith Trust Institute and remains a therapist in private practice as well as an activist against violence in Jewish households.

Toby Myers is the founder of a group that works to reform the behavior of men who batter.  She has presented on the subjects of women’s issues and domestic violence for over three decades at hundreds of workshops and seminars and is an expert witness for women who suffer from Battered Women’s Syndrome and consequently have committed acts of violence against their abusive intimate partners.

For her efforts, Toby has received the Hannah G. Soloman Award from the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section, was named a “Woman of Distinction” in 2001 by the Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and in 2010 she received the prestigious Dee Dee Ostfeld Award from Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA).

Subject/Index Terms

Abused women - Care - Texas
Family violence - Texas
Myers, Toby

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Acquisition Source: Donated by Toby Myers

Preferred Citation: Toby Myers Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal Correspondence],
[Series 2: Creative Works],
[Series 3: Professional Development],
[Series 4: Religious Involvement],
[Series 5: Advocacy],
[Series 6: Public Speaking],
[Series 7: Biographical Material],
[Series 8: Research Material],
[Series 9: Awards and Recognitions],
[Series 10: PIVOT Involvement],
[Series 11: Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) Involvement],
[Series 12: In Europe for The International Development Project, 1981-1982],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous Photographs],
[All]

Series 1: Personal Correspondence
This series contains typed and manuscript correspondence of a personal nature addressed to Toby Myers between 1979 and 2010. One folder holds dated material and the other undated.
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1979-2008
Folder 2: Correspondence, undated
Series 2: Creative Works
This series is comprised of works written by Toby Myers dealing with her activities in the battered women’s movement as well as personal events. Of particular interest is the eulogy written for Nanette Bruckner.
Box 1
Folder 3: Interview transcripts and printed articles, 1982-2005
Series 3: Professional Development
Materials in this series deal primarily with Toby Myers’ teaching positions at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX.
Box 1
Folder 4: Correspondence dealing with employment, 1981-2006
Folder 5: Certificates, 1985-2006
Series 4: Religious Involvement
This series documents the role that Judaism has played in the life of Toby Myers.  Correspondence, documents, photographs, clippings, and other printed items illustrate her activities within the faith and how she advocated for the rights of Jewish women and battered wives by participating in Jewish women’s groups and speaking out against what she deemed unfair practices.
Box 1
Folder 6: Clippings and brochures, 1980-1986
Folder 7: Work with Jewish Women’s groups: Clippings and brochures, 1978-2008
Folder 8: Work against violence in Jewish households, 1986-2002
Folder 9: Photographs
Series 5: Advocacy
This series documents Toby Myers’ involvement in advocacy with correspondence, testimony transcripts, printed material, and photographs.
Box 1
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1981-2000
Folder 11: Testimony transcripts, 1978-1995
Folder 12: Printed material, 1978-2008
Folder 13: Photographs, Texas Council on Family Violence
Folder 14: Photographs, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV); National Center Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
Series 6: Public Speaking
This series documents Myers’ role as a public speaker.  Manuscripts, speeches, letters of appreciation and other printed material serve to highlight her participation at speaking engagements, workshops, and seminars dealing with domestic violence and other women’s issues.
Box 1
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1980-1994
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1995-2002
Folder 17: Correspondence, undated
Folder 18: Workshop narrative, 1976-1993
Folder 19: Brochures, 1976-1988
Folder 20: Speeches, manuscript and typescript, 1987-1995
Series 7: Biographical Material
This series follow Toby Myers in print media from 1972-2010.
Box 1
Folder 21: “Who’s Who” applications, 1989-2010
Folder 22: Clippings and other printed material, 1972-2010
Series 8: Research Material
This series contains clippings by Toby Myers of topics of interest to her, but authored by other people.
Box 2
Folder 1: Clipped articles, 1975-1988
Folder 2: Clipped articles, 1989-2010
Folder 3: Clipped articles, undated
Series 9: Awards and Recognitions
This series shows the awards and honors bestowed upon Toby Meyers from 1981 to 2010.  Of particular interest are the photographs and newspaper coverage of the AVDA DeeDee Ostfeld Award for Advocacy that she won in 2010.
Box 2
Folder 4: Letters of congratulation, 1981-2010
Folder 5: Awards, invitations, and award announcements, 1984-2010
Folder 6: Acceptance speeches, 1981-2010
Folder 7: Photographs
Series 10: PIVOT Involvement
This series contains correspondence and other typed and printed material related to the PIVOT project (now called Battery Intervention and Prevention Program or BIPP).
Box 2
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1988-1995
Folder 9: Printed material, 1980-1998
Folder 10: Appreciation Party addresses, 1990-1997
Folder 11: Photographs
Series 11: Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) Involvement
This series contains correspondence and other typed and printed material related to HAWC.
Box 2
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1980-1993
Folder 13: Printed material, 1978-1995
Series 12: In Europe for The International Development Project, 1981-1982
This series is made up of two folders that contain typescripts and photographs regarding a year that Toby Myers spent in Europe conducting the International Development Project (IDP) for the Texas Council On Family Violence.
Box 2
Folder 14: Correspondence and trip description
Folder 15: Photographs
Series 13: Miscellaneous Photographs
This series contains photographs of Toby Myers, friends, and other notable personages.  Of particular interest are the candid photographs of the late Texas Governor Ann Richards (1991-1995).
Box 2
Folder 16: Photographic prints

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal Correspondence],
[Series 2: Creative Works],
[Series 3: Professional Development],
[Series 4: Religious Involvement],
[Series 5: Advocacy],
[Series 6: Public Speaking],
[Series 7: Biographical Material],
[Series 8: Research Material],
[Series 9: Awards and Recognitions],
[Series 10: PIVOT Involvement],
[Series 11: Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) Involvement],
[Series 12: In Europe for The International Development Project, 1981-1982],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous Photographs],
[All]

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