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Sommer, Mark

Mark Sommer Papers

1966-2017
13 boxes 16.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 973

Mark Sommer, with Zetta, the first newborn goat at the Sommer homestead in northern CA, May 1985

Mark Sommer is an explorer, storyteller, and award-winning public radio and print journalist focused on advocacy and narratives of social, political, and environmental change and positive action. In Washington, D.C., Sommer found himself on hand for some of the 1960s pivotal moments, where he was involved with the Liberation News Service and the New Left think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies. Sommer moved to California in 1969 to explore the counterculture, spending several years journeying – spiritually, psychedelically, and physically between communes, farms, and wilderness homesteads along the western coast – before he and his wife built a self-reliant organic homestead in the deep woods of northern CA, where they lived from the 1970s to the 1990s. The resilience of nature deeply impacted Sommer’s outlook and work as a writer and journalist, driving his interest in the human capacity for overcoming adversity. Sommer founded and directed the Mainstream Media Project, a nonprofit media placement service scheduling leading edge thinkers and social innovators for extensive radio interviews, and Sommer served as host and executive producer of the internationally syndicated and award winning, one-hour weekly radio program, A World of Possibilities. Sommer is the author of three books (Beyond the Bomb, The Conquest of War, and Living in Freedom), and hundreds of op-eds in major newspapers worldwide. Current projects include short and movie length videos crafted from his photographs, films, interviews, and experiences.

Chronicling over five decades of creative and journalistic output of a life-long explorer and progressive advocate, the Mark Sommer Papers are an extensive collection, covering Sommer’s entire career and personal life from the late 1960s to the present. Writings include personal and multiple travel journals (including a unique trip to North Vietnam in 1968), correspondence, student essays, op-eds, articles, project and grant plans, memoirs, and book manuscripts. Additional journals exist in audio format, along with radio interviews where Sommer served as a guest. Slides, photographs, and movies cover Sommer’s family and home life to his wide-ranging travels and interests. Some main topics of coverage include foreign policy and international politics, progressivism, peace and conflict studies, the anti-nuclear and disarmament movements, wilderness and back-to-the-land experiences, and later in life fatherhood. Materials from Mainstream Media Project have been separated into the Mainstream Media Project Records.

Background on Mark Sommer

In a career that has spanned five decades, Mark Sommer has been an explorer, author, award-winning public radio and print journalist, memoirist, and filmmaker chronicling and advocating for progressive social, political, cultural and environmental change. Born in 1945 in Columbus, Ohio to Austro-Hungarian immigrant Adolph Sommer and Brooklyn native Muriel Ehrlich Sommer, Sommer excelled in school and other arenas, eventually moving east to attend college at Cornell University. With an educational focus at Cornell in government, history, and literature, he also partook in the intense mid-Sixties political ferment in Ithaca and New York City, attending antiwar demonstrations, serving as Associate Editor of The Cornell Daily Sun, and publishing an intent to burn his draft card. He gradually became disenchanted with the academic approach to knowledge and understanding and decided to follow his pursuits outside academia after graduation. Declining graduate school acceptances to Harvard and Berkeley, he chose instead to join the antiwar movement and New Left think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C.

Following his first trip to Europe (and first love affair, eventually leading to his manuscript Kissing Joy, about that magical summer) Sommer moved to Washington, D.C., where he became a witness to and participant in some of the pivotal moments and movements of the 1960s. He was a founding contributor to Liberation News Service, a protégé of cofounder Marcus Raskin at IPS, and participated in the siege of the Pentagon in October 1967, where he finally did burn his draft card. In D.C., Sommer resided in a communal house, which together with IPS provided meeting places for noted writers, journalists, activists, and artists active in the diverse protest movements of the time. The spring of 1968 brought the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., nationwide urban insurrections, and a secret invitation for Sommer to visit North Vietnam. Raising funds from magazine and book publishers, Sommer flew to Hanoi with three other young colleagues. Along the way they stopped briefly in Paris just when street fighting broke out in the Latin Quarter at the outset of the May 1968 revolution.

Following his transformative trip to Hanoi and the North Vietnamese countryside, and after reporting on the demonstrations at the July 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, Sommer chose to disengage from a leftist politics he felt was moving towards rage, despair, and self-destruction. On the day after Richard Nixon’s inauguration, he moved west to explore the counterculture of the San Francisco Bay Area. Receiving a 1-A and ordered to a pre-induction physical on his return from Hanoi, he applied for and received a conscientious objector exemption from military service. He migrated to Northern California, where he taught in several alternative “free” schools in California and Canada to fulfill his alternative service obligation and worked as a wilderness experience guide. He lived (and at times almost died) in the deep woods, on homesteads, and in communes, in Northern California and the west coast of British Columbia. Sommer’s personal quest for meaning also led him to mind-altering experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs, including LSD. The illuminating but ultimately unsustainable states of mind he experienced through hallucinogens led him to abandon them and devote himself instead to meditation and Buddhist practice. He initially studied with Zen master Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and other teachers in the San Francisco and Berkeley Zen centers and at Tassajara, a mountain monastery. Over time he migrated to a more eclectic and heart-centered practice and has pursued Buddhist meditation for the half century since.

In 1972 Sommer met his future wife, Sandi, when they converged on a Zen community around Kobun Chino sensei in Los Altos, California. They first moved into a communal house of Zen students, next to the coastal community of Pescadero, to learn homesteading skills raising goats and gardens in a log house, and finally to the deep forest wilderness of Northern California (Humboldt County), where they lived seven miles off the grid from the mid-1970s until the mid-1990s. There they built a self-reliant organic homestead, planting extensive orchards and gardens, raising goats, installing first-generation solar-powered electricity and a water wheel, and maintaining a self-built solar radiotelephone.

The resilience of nature deeply influenced Sommer’s outlook and work as an author and
journalist, drawing his interest to the human capacity to transform adversity into
opportunity and ultimately a gift. From the late 1970s through the early 1990s, his research
focused on preventing nuclear war, curbing the arms race, peace research, and conflict
resolution. Projects included his proposals-turned-pamphlets Beating Our Swords into Shields
and Qualitative Disarmament. After three months speaking with peace researchers in Western
and Eastern Europe, he co-founded ExPro (the Exploratory Project on the Conditions of
Peace), a mobile think tank of leading American peace researchers, and wrote two books on
the subject, Beyond the Bomb and The Conquest of War: Alternative Strategies for Global Security (the latter with Harry Hollins and Averill Powers).

During the late eighties and nineties, Sommer was a Research Associate at UC Berkeley’s Peace
and Conflict Studies Program. With support from the Ploughshares Fund he became a guest on
hundreds of local and syndicated radio shows as a commentator on global security and U.S. foreign policy. In 1990 and 1991, he travelled extensively in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in its final year to gather material and conduct interviews with Czech dissidents for his book about the Velvet Revolution and its aftermath, Living in Freedom: The Exhilaration and Anguish of Prague’s Second Spring. From 1984-1994, he wrote frequent commentaries for The Christian Science Monitor, and from 1992 to 2014, he served as an American correspondent for Inter Press Service in Rome, which syndicated his columns in several languages to more than a hundred countries.

In 1993, after 22 years of marriage, the Sommers welcomed their first and only child,
daughter Maya Serena, into the world. Parenting, particularly later-in-life fatherhood,
added another dimension of experience to Sommer’s life, becoming a new focus of his personal
and professional quests and reflections. With his daughter now an essential part of his story, the family moved from their remote homestead two hours north to the fishing village of Trinidad, California, where they built a home overlooking the Pacific. Sommer continued work from there and the Bay Area. He continued to travel widely both with family and on assignment for “A World of Possibilities,” to encounter and commune with new people, cultures, and environments. Many travels would return Sommer to places from his past, such as Prague to visit old friends and for a new edition of his book. In 2015, 47 years after his first visit, he returned to Hanoi and filmed some of the same locales from his 1968 visit. From these two journeys he produced a feature-length film, The Healing Heart of Hanoi and a written memoir. Both were informed by his contemporaneous 1968 journals and photographs.

In 1995, after a decade as a frequent guest on commercial and public radio as a commentator
on world affairs, Sommer founded and for many years directed the Mainstream Media Project, a
foundation-supported interview placement service scheduling leading-edge thinkers and social innovators for extensive interviews on public, commercial, and community radio nationwide on a range of global and national issues. In 2001, Sommer founded and for a decade served as host of the internationally syndicated, solution-centered one-hour radio program, “A World of Possibilities.” For a decade the show was heard weekly on 200+ stations in the U.S. and abroad, winning six international awards, including one from the United Nations.

With his three books, hundreds of op-eds and articles in major newspapers worldwide, and
syndicated radio programs, Sommer has been a tireless storyteller, social change advocate,
and explorer of inner and outer worlds. He continues to work between homes in Humboldt County and the San Francisco Bay Area, and to travel internationally for personal reflection and communal connection. Current projects include writing a series of book-length memoirs, producing short and movie-length films crafted from his photographs, videos, interviews, and experiences, promoting community-generated renewable energy, and writing and recording stories and insights about the true sources of wealth (“True Wealth”) and the richness of life beyond fame, fortune, power and prestige.

Scope of collection

Chronicling over five decades of creative and journalistic output of a life-long explorer and
progressive advocate, the Mark Sommer Papers are an unusually comprehensive and extensive
collection, covering Sommer’s entire career and personal life from the late 1960s to the present. As a journalist, researcher, and activist, Sommer’s main interests include foreign policy and international relations, social change, peace research and conflict resolution, the anti-nuclear and disarmament movements, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, wilderness and back-to-the-land experiences, Buddhist spiritual practice, and later-life fatherhood. The collection is organized into four primary areas: Sommer’s professional writings and published works; a varied personal collection including journals, correspondence, and school materials; photographs documenting home life and trips abroad; and audiovisual material, including tapes of interviews and personal audio-journals.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of Sommer’s published works and professional
endeavors going back to 1968. Articles written for the Christian
Science Monitor
, the International Press Service,
the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as correspondence with
interview subjects and editors comprise most of the first series. Also included are
manuscripts, notes, and correspondence concerning his published books, Beyond the Bomb, The Conquest of
War
, and Living in Freedom. Manuscripts and
notes also document more personal unpublished works, such as Kissing Joy, about a summer love abroad in Europe; AMA: The Remarkable Journey of a Himalayan Mountain Boy, written about a boy Sommer encountered on a trip to Nepal; and stories of family and late-in-life parenthood in First Born and Giving Birth. Sommer’s work with the University of California Berkeley’s Peace and Conflict Studies program, the Alternative Defense Project, the Ploughshares Fund, and the Exploratory Project on the Conditions of Peace is also covered in the collection. These efforts produced essays such as “Beating our Swords into Shields,” “A Declaration of Intradependence,” and “Reuniting Europe.”

The collection includes Sommer’s personal effects and writings, particularly his journals from trips abroad to Prague and Eastern Europe, Mexico, Guatemala, Thailand, and other international destinations (including a unique trip to North Vietnam in 1968). Accounts written from his Salmon Creek wilderness homestead in California, as well as personal audio journals are also present. There are a series of audio journals on the topic of parenthood, where Sommer investigates the impact of being a father later in life. This section also includes personal correspondence, curriculum vitae, and various notes and materials from college courses.

Within the audiovisual portions of the collection are taped interviews with subjects for
articles Sommer wrote, including a series of interviews conducted on Amtrak trains. Revealing Sommer as an avid, and skilled, documentary photographer throughout his life, the collection houses numerous photographic prints, slides, negatives, and digital photographs, documenting Sommer’s life, family, the self-reliant organic homestead in California, and international travel.

Sommer’s materials from Mainstream Media Project (1995-2014) have been separated into the
Mainstream Media Project Records. A ten-year archive of more than 350 hour-long shows from
Sommer’s radio program, “A World of Possibilities,” are included, along with the full-length interviews from which excerpts were used in broadcast programs.

Series descriptions

1967-2008 (bulk1980-1997)
7 boxes (10.5 linear feet)

This series is primarily composed of Sommer’s writings for various news outlets from the late
1980s to the early 2000s. Articles, correspondence, and notes concerning his writings for
the Christian Science Monitor, the International Press Service, the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution
, the San Francisco
Chronicle
, and other outlets can be found in the series. Correspondence,
notes, and drafts of Sommer’s books and pamphlets, both published and nonpublished, can also be found, as well as his work for non-profits and organizations such as the Exploratory Project on the Conditions of Peace.

1967-2002
2 boxes (2 linear feet)

The majority of this series is journals written by Sommer while abroad in Thailand, Prague,
Eastern Europe, Mexico, and other international destinations. Journals written at his
homestead in Salmon Creek, California as well as a series of audio journals recorded over the course of his daughter’s birth and early years can be found in this series as well. Various other documents include biographical material, notes associated with several college courses, and personal correspondence.

1968-2014
1 box (1 linear foot)

Prints, slides, negatives, and digital photographs illustrate Sommer’s lifelong
passion for photography and visual documentation. Images range from Sommer’s family
and home life, including coverage of decades on their wilderness homestead, to his
wide-ranging travels and varied interests. Of note are photographs of Sommer’s
unique 1968 trip to Vietnam, depicting visits to urban areas, communes, and witnessing a “Women’s Drill Day.” This series of photographs also documents a 1968 student demonstration in Tokyo, Japan.

1982-2005
3 boxes (3 linear feet)

This series is comprised of taped interviews, audio diaries, and films produced by Sommer. Interviews include those Sommer conducted on Amtrak passenger trains, and personal journals have several reflecting on parenthood.

Inventory

Series 1. Writings
1967-2008 (bulk1980-1997)
7 boxes (10.5 linear feet)
“Acid #1: First Experience on LSD”
1969 Jun
Box 1: 1
Alternative Defense Project:
Book Royalties
1992
Box 1: 2
“The Conquest of War: A Study Guide” Draft
1989
Box 1: 3
Media Outreach Expenses
1989
Box 1: 4
Op-Eds
1988-1989
Box 1: 5
Radio Campaign Materials
1989
Box 1: 6

AMA: The Remarkable Journey of a Himalayan Mountain Boy Drafts
1994-1999 Jan
Box 1: 7-9

AMA: The Remarkable Journey of a Himalayan Mountain Boy Manuscripts
1994
Box 1: 10-15

AMA: The Remarkable Journey of a Himalayan Mountain Boy Notes and Correspondence
1989-2003
Box 1: 16

AMA: The Remarkable Journey of a Himalayan Mountain Boy Publisher Notes and Correspondence
1993-1998
Box 1: 17-18
Amtrak Transcripts
ca.1985
Box 1: 19
Amtrak Interview – Roger Fisher
1982
Box 1: 20
“An Essay On Power”
ca.1990
Box 1: 21
“Are Bonnie and Clyde the Children of Cain?” (unpublished)
1968
Box 1: 22
“Arms Control: Who’s in Control?” Conference Speech
1994 Mar
Box 1: 23

The Atlantic Indefensible
1994-1999 Jan
Box 1: 24
“Attacking a Preservative Defense: Challenges to the Idea” Draft
1983
Box 1: 25
Attacks on a Preservative Defense: Challenges to the Concept
ca.1990
Box 1: 26

Atlanta Journal and Constitution
“Can the U.S. Afford Any Longer Not to Have Peace?”
1994-1990 Jan 20
Box 1: 27
“Citizen Economics”
1990 Jun 8
Box 1: 28
“The Coming Culture Shift”
1992 Nov
Box 1: 29
“How Did We Lose Long-Sought Peace?”
1990 Nov 10
Box 1: 30
“NATO’s Midlife Crisis: Opportunity for Peace”
1989 May 4
Box 1: 31
“Qualitative Disarmament is Idea Whose Time Has Come”
1990 Nov 10
Box 1: 32
“Peace is More Profitable than War”
1989 Mar 27
Box 1: 33
“Summit’s Likely to Mark Beginning of a New Era”
1989 Nov 28
Box 1: 34

Beating Our Swords into Shields
Correspondence
1983
Box 1: 35
Pamphlet
1986
Box 1: 36
Pamphlet
1986
Box 1: 37
Notes
1983
Box 1: 38
Sommer, M. (1985). Beyond the Bomb: Living Without Nuclear Weapons. Massachusetts: Expro Press.
Sommer 1
Interview Notes
1986
Box 1: 39
Promotional Materials
1986
Box 1: 40
Publication Notes and Correspondence
1984-1986
Box 1: 41-42
“The Bike Packer’s Salvation”
1977
Box 2: 1
“Both Sides Now: Notes for the New Peace Movement”
ca.1985
Box 2: 2
“Building Our Common European House”
1989 Aug
Box 2: 3
“Blinded by the Light” Revisions and Drafts
1978-2003
Box 2: 5
Contents:

Original manuscript produced ca. 1970-1971, recounting Sommer’s
travels through Canada, and his physical, mental, and psychological tribulations in an attempt
to find himself through meditation, drug use, and an ascetic wilderness
lifestyle. Having decided to meditate until a breakthrough, he pushed himself to
near-madness, and had an enlightenment experience.

“Breaking the Nuclear Deadlock”
1983
Box 2: 4
“Bringing it all Home”
1968 Jun
Box 2: 6
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: “Forging a Preservative Defense”
1983
Box 2: 7
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: Review of “Defense without the Bomb”
1984 Feb
Box 2: 8
“Bush’s Half-Historic Arms Initiative”
ca.1991
Box 2: 9
“Breaking the Trance: From Cold War to Common Security” Lecture
1989
Box 2: 10
California Apple Maggot Campaign
1986
Box 2: 11
Chicago Tribune: “Peace Dividend Prospects: Some Fight the Switch”
1990
Box 2: 12
Chicago Tribune: “We Must Nuture East-Bloc Reform”
1989 Sep 18
Box 2: 13
Christian Science Monitor:
“Ancient Trees Could be Saved in New Debt-for-Nature Swap”
1994 Oct
Box 2: 14
“Baby Boomers Take the Helm”
1992 Nov 23
Box 2: 15
“A Base, A Neighborhood”
1993 Mar 29
Box 2: 16
“Beyond the Forest Summit”
1993 Apr
Box 2: 17
“Blue Helmets Deserve More US Help”
1994 Jul
Box 2: 18
“Break Nuclear ‘Addiction'”
1993 Jun 24
Box 2: 19
“Bringing Tyrants to Justice”
1995 Jan
Box 2: 20
“Bush’s Perestroika Policy”
1990 Apr 2
Box 2: 21
“California’s Broken Dream”
1992 Sep 18
Box 2: 22
“Can Military Strategies ‘Ban the Bomb’?”
1994 Apr 29
Box 2: 23
“Can the Scientists of War Turn to Peace?”
1994 Apr 29
Box 2: 24
“Citizen Exchanges: Promoting Perestroika From Below”
1990 Jul
Box 2: 84
“Closing the Arms Bazaar”
1992 Aug 27
Box 2: 25
“Cutting ‘Nukes’ Stockpile”
1992 Nov 17
Box 2: 26
“Data Super Overload?”
1994 Jun 10
Box 2: 27
“Defense on a Budget”
1992 Feb 4
Box 2: 28
“Dismantling Nukes”
1992 Apr 4
Box 2: 29
“Don’t Lose Momentum on Arms Accord”
1991 Feb 25
Box 2: 30
“Don’t Take Gorbachev for Granted”
1989 Oct 16
Box 2: 31
“Fighting for Oil”
1990 Aug 27
Box 2: 32
“Fledgling Democracies Perishing at West’s Peril”
1994 Feb 09
Box 2: 33
“The Foreign-Policy Myth”
1992 Sep 28
Box 2: 34
“Freedom’s Burden”
1991 Jun 5
Box 2: 35
“Germany’s Reunification Regrets”
1992 Nov
Box 2: 36
“Gilding the Iron Curtain”
1990 Dec 14
Box 2: 37
“GOP’s ‘Security Act’ Could Hurt the Real Security Interests of US”
1995 Feb 13
Box 2: 38
“The Greening of the Arms Industry”
1992 Jul 9
Box 2: 39
“The Greening of the Army”
1990 Jul 25
Box 2: 40
“Gulf War Protestors Aren’t the Same Old ‘Peaceniks'”
1991 Feb 5
Box 2: 41
“G-7 Talks: Rebuilding Europe”
1990 Jul 9
Box 2: 42
“Have Bomb, Will Travel”
1991 Dec 12
Box 2: 43
“Helping the Soviets Avoid a Final Collapse of Reform – A Crucial Investment in Peace”
1991 Jul 10
Box 2: 44
“Interviews”
1990
Box 2: 45
“Internationalize Rising World Defense Costs?”
1993 Mar
Box 2: 46
“Leave Somalia to UN”
1993 Oct 19
Box 2: 47
“Let the United Nations Police Peace in the Gulf”
1991 Jan 16
Box 2: 48
“Lethal Legacies of War”
1993 May
Box 2: 49
“A Movable, Self-Sustaining Feast”
1993 Feb 11
Box 2: 50
“Non-Lethal Weapons Offer a Faustian Bargain”
1994 Feb 17
Box 2: 51
“Part-Time Worker, Full-Time Human Being”
1994 Sep 19
Box 2: 52
“Paying the Price of an Act of Conscience”
1992 Mar 23
Box 2: 53
“Perils of the Drug War”
1990 Sep 21
Box 2: 54
“A Persian Gulf War”
1990 Nov 5
Box 2: 55
“Prague’s Paradise Lost”
1992 May 26
Box 2: 56
“Prague’s Second, Sweeter Spring”
1990 Jun 11
Box 2: 57
“Public Radio’s Future Depends on Government and Listeners”
1994 Dec 5
Box 2: 58
“The Real Nuclear Proliferation in the Gulf”
1991 Jan 4
Box 2: 59
“Reagan’s Strategic Deception Initiative”
1993 Sep 3
Box 2: 60
“Rebuilding Communities”
1992 Aug 3
Box 2: 61
“Reunifying Germany – And Europe”
1990 Jan 31
Box 2: 62
“Revisiting History, Reinventing the Future”
1986 Jan
Box 2: 63
“Sanctions are Becoming Weapon of Choice”
1993 Aug 3
Box 2: 64
“Struggling to Cut the Half-Life of Moscow’s Nuclear Mess”
1993 Aug 18
Box 2: 65
“Tibet’s Forgotten Tragedy”
1991 Apr 10
Box 2: 66
“Tighter Controls Needed on Spread of Land Mines”
1993 May 24
Box 2: 67
“Too Many Books, Too Few Serious Readers”
1994 Mar 21
Box 2: 68
“A UN With Teeth”
1992 Dec 14
Box 2: 69
“Undermine the Kremlin Junta”
1991 Aug 22
Box 2: 70
“US Geopolitical Windfall”
1991 Oct 22
Box 2: 71
“US Needs a Bold New Vision on Defense”
1993 Sep 28
Box 2: 72
“Vote ‘No’ – and ‘Yes’ – to Democracy”
1992 Jun 12
Box 2: 73
“The War Over the Meaning of the Gulf War”
1991 Mar 18
Box 2: 74
“Weapons – America’s Best Export?”
1991 Jul 18
Box 2: 75
“Welcome Cribside, Dad”
1994 Jun 28
Box 2: 76
“The West’s Pyrrhic Victory”
1990 Jul 3
Box 2: 77
“What the US Can’t Afford”
1991 Aug 6
Box 2: 78
“Where Strong Democrats Fear to Tread”
1991 Sep 26
Box 2: 79
“Who is the Real Gorbachev?”
1990 Jun 6
Box 2: 80
“Who Should Keep the World’s Peace?”
1991 Aug 29
Box 2: 81
“Who Will Pay for Peace?”
1992 Feb 19
Box 2: 82
“2010: A Peace Odyssey”
1991 Jul 18
Box 2: 83
“Christmas in the Corn Forest”
1977
Box 2: 85
City Commons Club: “Global Chernobyl? Nuclear Hazards of the Soviet Union’s Meltdown”
1984 Feb
Box 2: 86
City Commons Club: “Who Should Police the World’s Peace?” Speech
1991 Mar 15
Box 2: 87
Clinton St. Quarterly: “A Farewell to Arms Control”
1987
Box 2: 88
Clippings on 1987 Crash
1987
Box 2: 89

Coming Home: A Pilgrim’s Anthem: Book Outline
1991
Box 2: 90

Coming Home: A Pilgrim’s Anthem: Drafts
1991
Box 2: 91
“Comments on California Peace Package”
1990 Mar 12
Box 3: 1
Committee on Common Security: “CCS Policy Report #4: Priming Perestroika”
1990 Sep
Box 3: 2
Committee on Old Growth
1988-1989
Box 3: 3
Compton Foundation:
Biennial Report
1994-1997
Box 3: 4-5
Evaluation of Proposals for December 1991 Funding Cycle
1991
Box 3: 6-7
Peace and World Order Grant Classifications
1994
Box 3: 8
Peace and World Order Proposal Evaluations
1992-1998
Box 3: 9-20
Review of Compton Grantmaking History
1994
Box 3: 21
Hollins, H.B., Powers, A. L., & Sommer, M. (1989). The Conquest of War: Alternative Strategies for Global Security. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Sommer 2-3
Order Form Pamphlets
1989
Box 3: 22
Reviews
1989-1993
Box 3: 23-24
TStudy Guide
1990
Box 3: 25
Correspondence:
Admiral Laroque, Gene
1980
Box 3: 27
Alternative Defense Project
1986-1989
Box 3: 28-29
Anderson, Marion – Employment Research Associates
1986
Box 3: 30
Ayvazian, Andrea
1986-1987
Box 3: 31
Barber, Lois – Earth Action
1993-1995
Box 3: 32
Berry, Wendell
ca.1976
Box 3: 33
Boulding, Kenneth
1986-1987
Box 3: 34-36
Carlsson, Bernt – Swedish Ambassador
1986
Box 3: 37
Center for a Perservative Defense: Stock Letters
ca.1983
Box 3: 38
Contemporary Authors
1993
Box 3: 39
Comstock Letters
1986
Box 3: 40
Czech Contacts for Interviews
1991-1992
Box 3: 41
Dumas, Lloyd
1986-1990
Box 3: 43
Earth Action Global Governance Campaign
1994
Box 3: 44
Fan Mail
1990-1994
Box 3: 45
Ferry, W. H. – Century Club
1984
Box 3: 46
Ferry, W. H. (Ping)
1982-1987
Box 4: 1-2
Fischer, Dietrich
1992
Box 4: 3
Fischer, Robert
1981-1982
Box 4: 4
Frank, Jerome – John Hopkins University
1981
Box 4: 5
Fundraising Letters
1982-1989
Box 4: 6
Gerzon, Mark
1985-1989
Box 4: 7
Harkin, Tom – Senator
1991
Box 4: 30
Havel, Ivan
1990-1993
Box 4: 8
Institute for Policy Studies
1968
Box 4: 9
Kay, Allan
1985
Box 4: 10
Kehler, Randy
1990
Box 4: 11
Kellogg, Frederic Rogers
1983
Box 4: 12
Kurtz, Howard
1986
Box 4: 13
Letters of Introduction
1981-1982
Box 4: 14
Letter to European Colleagues
1984 Jan
Box 4: 15
Letters to Publication Outlets
1982
Box 4: 16
Mack, John
1982
Box 3: 42
Marien, Michael – Future Survey
1988-1989
Box 4: 17
Marks, John – Union of Concerned Scientists
1981-1991
Box 4: 18
McDonald, Jennifer
1993
Box 4: 19
Melikova, Irina – Recommendation Letter
1991
Box 4: 20
Mendolovitz, Saul
197-1989
Box 4: 21
Mercury House Book Promotion
1992
Box 4: 22
Muller, Robert
1992
Box 4: 23
Nagler, Michael – Marin Experimental Teaching Training Advising Center
1985-1986
Box 4: 24
Osborne, Seldon
1992
Box 4: 25
Peace and Common Security (PACS)
1984
Box 4: 26
Peavey, Fran (accounts)
1988
Box 3: 26
Pickus, Bob
1980-1984
Box 4: 27
Powers, Thomas
1985-1990
Box 4: 28
Raskin, Marc – Institute for Policy Studies
1979-1988
Box 4: 29
Serendipity Farm Apprenticeship
1993
Box 4: 31
Sheperd, Robert
1987 May 10
Box 4: 32
Susan, Lee – California Department of Forestry
1996 Jul 14
Box 4: 33
Sutter, John – World Federalist Association
1991
Box 4: 34
Tucker, Robert
1985-1987
Box 4: 35
University of California, Berkeley – Peace and Conflict Studies
1989
Box 4: 36
Ury, William (Bill)
1986-1990
Box 4: 37
Various Letters to Editors
1991
Box 4: 38
Vasconcellos, John
1982-1990
Box 4: 39
Walton, Vern – California State Board of Equalization
1988
Box 4: 40
Winter Solistice Letter
1994
Box 4: 41
“Dear Detroit”
ca.1989
Box 4: 42
“Dear Mr. President”
ca.1990
Box 4: 43
“A Declaration of Intradependence”
1995 Apr
Box 4: 44
“Downsizing and Downshifting: The Revolution of Declining Expectations”
1995
Box 4: 45
Elmwood Quarterly:”Telling the Stories of Pathfinders”
1992
Box 4: 46
An Emerging Consensus: Pamphlet
1989
Box 4: 47
“The Emporer’s Clothes: An Essay on the Power of Appearance”
ca.1989
Box 4: 48
Environmental Action: “Imagining Peace: Towards More Practical Utopias”
1985
Box 4: 49
“Every Reasonable Adversary”
ca.1992
Box 4: 50
Exploratory Project on the Conditions of Peace:
Citizen’s Peace Treaty Proposal
1988 Jun
Box 4: 51
Correspondence
1984-1986
Box 4: 52-53
Expo Call
1984
Box 4: 54
Memos
1984-1987
Box 4: 55
Notebook
1984-1986
Box 4: 56
Research
1984-1987
Box 4: 57
“Ten Strategies in Search of a Movement”
1987
Box 4: 58
“Father and Sons: Fission and Fussion in a Nuclear Family”
ca.1985
Box 4: 59
“Family Values: Whose Family, What Values?”
1992
Box 4: 60
Fiction Workshop Notes
1989
Box 4: 61

First Born:
Chapter One Manuscript
ca.1985
Box 7: 1
Chapter Two Drafts
ca.1985
Box 7: 2
Manuscript
ca.1985
Box 7: 3
Four Proposals for the Arms Race
1980 Dec
Box 4: 62

Giving Birth:
Excerpts
1993
Box 7: 4
“A Journal of the Pregnant Year” Manuscript
1993
Box 7: 5
Notes and Editor Correspondence
1993
Box 7: 6
Prologue
1993
Box 7: 7
“A Global Anti-Apartheid Movement”
1988
Box 4: 63
“Greening the Arms Industry”
ca.1992
Box 4: 64
Hanoi Journal Manuscript Drafts for Liberation News Service
1968 May
Box 7: 8
“Hanoi Spring 1968: A Secret Journal to North Vietnam”
2014
Box 7: 9
“Hidden Strengths: Redeeming Qualities in Need of Encouragement”
ca.1985
Box 4: 65
Honey and Heart
ca.1990
Box 4: 66
Humboldt State University Course Proposals
1995
Box 4: 67
“In Search of the Nurturing Father”
1994
Box 4: 68
Institute for Policy Studies: Assignment Notes
1968
Box 7: 10
“Interactive Radio”
1989 Aug 17
Box 4: 69
International Press Service:
“Assassin’s Academy: The U.S. School of the Americas”
1992
Box 7: 11
“Bombs Away: Can Nuclear Weapons be Eliminated?”
1997 Jan
Box 7: 12
“Bosnia: Can the Center Hold?”
1994 Mar 9
Box 7: 13
“Bush’s Failed Foreign Policy”
1992 Oct 5
Box 7: 14
“Bush Hands Clinton a Diminished Legacy”
1993 Jan
Box 7: 15
“Censorship in America”
1995 Feb
Box 7: 16
“CIA: The Spies Who Wouldn’t Come in from the Cold (War)”
1996 Feb
Box 7: 17
“Clinton Seeds Social Change”
1993
Box 7: 18
“Eastern Europe Five Years Later”
1994 Nov 4
Box 7: 19
“Empty Breadbasket: The Coming Era of Food Security”
1997 Feb 11
Box 7: 20
“Expanding NATO: Are the Costs too High?”
1996 Jul 11
Box 7: 21
“The Fleeting Triumph of Freedom”
1994 Jan 27
Box 7: 22
“Fortress America: Behind Bars in the Land of the Free”
1994 Sep 30
Box 7: 23
“The High Price of a Global “Free” Market”
1995 Mar
Box 5: 1
“Hiroshima + 50: Twilight of the Nuclear Age?”
1995 Jul
Box 5: 2
“Information Superhighway or Global Village Grapevine?”
1994 Jul
Box 5: 3
International Articles
1992-1995
Box 5: 4-5
Landmines: Clinton Takes Two Steps Back”
1996 May 22
Box 5: 6
“Making War Criminals Accountable”
ca.1996
Box 5: 7
“Nepal’s Missionary of Sustainable Agriculture”
ca.1991
Box 5: 8
“New Targets for American Espionage: Stalking the Wild Hyacinth?”
ca.1990
Box 5: 9
” ‘Nonlethality’ and Nonviolence”
1994
Box 5: 10
“North-South Nuclear Tensions”
1992
Box 5: 11
“Rescuing Russian Reform”
1994 Jun 27
Box 5: 12
“Re-thinking East-Bloc Reaganomics”
1993 Sep 25
Box 5: 13
“A Season for Scoundrels”
1994 Nov 25
Box 5: 14
“Small Arms Apocalypse?”
1993
Box 5: 15
“The Social Market: Mirage or Middle Way?”
1996 Jun 25
Box 5: 16
“Superpower Out of Sync”
1997 Dec 24
Box 5: 17
“Tighten the Tourniquet on Serbs and Croats”
1993
Box 5: 18
“Toward a New World Order”
1990 Oct.
Box 5: 19
“Turning up the Heat”
1997 Oct.
Box 5: 20
“U.S. Undermines U.N. Peacekeeping”
1994 May 25
Box 5: 21
“Washington Aid Conference: Too Little, Too Late?”
1992 Jan
Box 5: 22
“Weighing War Crimes: Auschwitz, the Atom Bomb, and Unit 731”
1995 Apr
Box 5: 23
“Where are Our Leaders?”
1993 Jul 8
Box 5: 24
“Who Gets What from GATT?”
1994 Jul
Box 5: 25
“Will the U.S. Abandon the U.N?”
1995 Oct 16
Box 5: 26
“The Bittersweet Blessings of Freedom”
1992 Apr 27
Box 5: 27
Interviews: Czech Interviews
1990
Box 5: 28
“Is Nuclear Deterrence Obsolete?”
ca.1990
Box 5: 29
“A Job Like any Other: Conversations with a Nuclear Weapons Designer”
1982
Box 7: 24
“Joint Ventures in Common Security: An Alternative to Star Wars”
1986 May
Box 5: 30

Kissing Joy: Alice Rosengard Editorial Revisions
2009
Box 7: 25-26

Kissing Joy: Drafts
1968-1977
Box 7: 27-28
Contents:

Manuscript recounting a summer 1967 trip to Europe, where Sommer fell
in love and traveled for two months.


Kissing Joy: Marguerite Letters
1967
Box 7: 29

Kissing Joy: Zach Rogan Comments
2008
Box 7: 30
Liberation News Service: Hanoi Journey Notes
1968 Jun
Box 7: 31
Liberation News Service: “The Radicalization of Gaston St. Rouet” – North Vietnam Journal
1968
Box 7: 32
Los Angeles Times: “Iran-Contra: Why it Will Happen Again”
1991 Oct
Box 5: 31
“Lessons of the Gulf War, True and False”
1990
Box 5: 32
Livermore Listening Project
1984
Box 5: 34-35
Sommer, M. (1992). Living in Freedom: The Exhilaration and Anguish of Prague’s Second Spring. San Francisco, CA: Mercury House.
Sommer 4
Sommer, M. (1994). Living in Freedom: The New Prague. San Francisco, CA: Mercury House.
Sommer 5
Book Reviews and Excerpts
1992-1994
Box 5: 36
Book Tour
1992
Box 5: 37
Correspondence
1992
Box 5: 38
Epilogue
1992
Box 5: 39
Mercury House Contract
1991
Box 5: 40
Mercury House Informational Packet
1992
Box 5: 41
Mercury House Royalty Statements
1992-1995
Box 5: 42
New Forward Drafts
1994
Box 5: 43
Paperback Edition
1993
Box 5: 44
Prague Slideshow Script
1992 Aug
Box 5: 45
Publication Notes and Correspondence
1991-1994
Box 5: 46-47
Local Interview Transcripts
1982
Box 5: 48
“Long Night’s Journey to the Dawn”
1990
Box 5: 49
“Making a Difference: Or, How I Learned to Love Worrying About the Bomb”
ca.1989
Box 5: 50
“Making the World Safe for its Differences: Sketches for an Architecture of Peace”
1986
Box 5: 51
“Meeting Gorbachev Halfway”
1989
Box 5: 52
Memories of Saturna Island, British Columbia
1969-1970
Box 7: 33
“Mideast Oil: Breaking Our Deadly Addiction”
ca.1990
Box 5: 53
Miranda High School Talk
1986 May
Box 7: 34
Miscellaneous Writings
1969-1971
Box 7: 35
“Norman Mailer: A Day in the Life” (unpublished)
1968
Box 7: 36
“Mortal Enemies: The Love of Violence and the Violence of Love” Manuscripts
1985 Sep
Box 5: 54-57
“Mortal Enemies: The Love of Violence and the Violence of Love” First Copy and Editors Letters
1981-1987
Box 5: 58
NAFTA Two Years Later
1995
Box 5: 59
National Public Radio: “Cleaning the Goat Barn, Contemplating Success”
ca.1993
Box 5: 60
New Dimensions: “A Tale of Two Cities”
1990 Sep/Oct
Box 5: 61
Newsday: “Heed History’s Lesson: Seize this Chance to Disarm”
1989 Apr 26
Box 5: 62
Newspaper Editorial Contacts
1988-1990
Box 5: 63
“New Work for Weapons Labs?”
ca.1992
Box 6: 1
Notebooks
1983
Box 6: 2
Notes on Aid to Russia
1994
Box 6: 3
Notes on Center for Citizen Initiatives
1993
Box 6: 4
Notes on Daniel Ellsberg
1992
Box 6: 5
Notes on Oakland Tribune Article
1985 Nov
Box 6: 6
Notes on US-USSR Initiatives Enterprise Development Program
1991
Box 6: 7
North Coast Journal: “Vocation Found via Phone”
1980 Jan
Box 6: 8
NPR Interview Notes
ca.1990
Box 6: 9
Nuclear Times: “Beyond the Bomb”
1986 Mar
Box 6: 10
Op-Ed Research
1992
Box 6: 11
“Pathfinders: In Search of a Sustainable Society” Book Proposal
1992
Box 6: 12
Peace Review: “The Process of Reform”
1990
Box 6: 13
Peace Studies Association Remarks
1994 Apr 7
Box 6: 14
“Persian Gulf Peace: Now for the Hard Part”
ca.1990
Box 6: 15
The Ploughshares Fund: Radio Interview Campaign
1990-1993
Box 6: 16-18
Poems
1976-1977
Box 7: 37
Positive Alternatives: “Calstart’s Green Vision”
1993
Box 6: 19
“Prisons Without Walls: Hidden Assumptions of the Arms Race”
ca.1985
Box 6: 20
The Progressive: “Crushed Velvet: Czechs Wonder What Went Wrong”
1992 Sep
Box 6: 21
“Promises to Keep”
1995 Jan 4
Box 6: 22
“A Proposal to Establish an Alternative Security Commission for the United States”
1983
Box 7: 38
“Psychological Costs of the Arms Race”
ca.1989
Box 6: 23
“Public Libraries, In Praise of”
ca.1985
Box 6: 24
“Qualitative Disarmament: Eliminating the War-Making Capability of Nations”
ca.1989
Box 6: 25
“Questions for “Ordinary” Folks
1989
Box 6: 26
Radio Interview Notes
ca.1989
Box 6: 27
“Real Enemy is War Itself”
ca.1990
Box 6: 28
“Rebuilding the Country Block by Block”
ca.1992
Box 6: 29
“Rescuing East Bloc Reform: A Marshall Plan for a Reunited Europe”
1990
Box 6: 30
“Responsible Wealth: Glimmers of Conscience in an Era of Egregious Greed”
ca.1990
Box 6: 31
“The Return of Star Wars”
ca.1990
Box 6: 32
Reuniting Europe: Correspondence
1989-1990
Box 6: 33
Reuniting Europe: Pamphlet
1989
Box 6: 34
“Running Scared: The Inner Roots of the Arms Race”
1981 Dec
Box 6: 35
“Russian Interview Transcripts”
1990
Box 6: 36
“The Sadder but Wiser American Voter”
1992
Box 6: 37
San Francisco Chronicle:
“Breaking the Oil Habit”
1990 Sep 13
Box 6: 38
“Bringing Soviets in from the Cold”
1990 Jul 04
Box 6: 39
“A Marshall Plan: Idea for Eastern Block Gain’s Supporters”
1989 Nov 18
Box 6: 40
“NATO: In Search of a New Order”
1990 Apr 10
Box 6: 41
“New Twists in the Nuclear Threat”
1992 Jan 18
Box 6: 42
“Sheltering the Light in the Coming Dark Age”
1995 May
Box 6: 43
“Solutions: Innovations in the Public Interest”
1997
Box 6: 44
“The Spectre of Weimar Russia”
1990
Box 6: 45
Speech for Senator George McGovern
1968 May
Box 7: 39
“Spinning Peace Scenarios”
ca.1980
Box 6: 46
“Star Wars: What Went Wrong?”
ca.1990
Box 6: 47
Star Wars/ Earth Peace Project
1985
Box 6: 48
“Steps Toward an Ecology of Peace and Security” Research Project
1989 Sep
Box 6: 49
“A Strategic Defense Against Star Wars”
ca.1985
Box 6: 50
“Sustaining a Life on the Land”
ca.1990
Box 6: 51
“Swords into Services: Reconstructing a Peace Economy”
1986
Box 6: 52
Tikkun: “The Fire this Time”
1991
Box 6: 53
University of California Berkeley Lecture
1989 Feb 6
Box 6: 54
“The Universalist Papers: A Proposal”
1987
Box 6: 55
“Uncounted Casualties of the Gulf War”
1991
Box 6: 56
“Waging Peace?”
ca.1985
Box 6: 57
“Waking Up Nuclear”
ca.1985
Box 6: 58
“War and Peace”
ca.1985
Box 6: 59
“The War’s Not Over Yet”
1991
Box 6: 60
“What Lies beyond the Cold War?”
ca.1989
Box 6: 61
“Whither Public Radio?”
ca.1994
Box 6: 62
“Who is the Real George Bush?”
1991
Box 6: 63
“Who Stole the Peace Dividend?”
1991
Box 6: 64
Whole Earth Review: Author Exerpt
1988
Box 6: 65
Whole Earth Review: “Constructing Peace as a Whole System”
1986
Box 6: 66-67
Whole Earth Review: “Constructing Peace as a Whole System”
1986
Box 7: 40
“Why I’d Rather Switch than Fight”
ca.1990
Box 7: 41
Whole Earth Review: “Constructing Peace as a Whole System”
1986
Box 7: 42
World Future Society: “Designing Peace Systems” Speech
1986 Jul 16
Box 7: 43
Writing Notes
ca.1985
Box 7: 44
Zodiac News Service: “The Way of the Pilgrims”
ca.1990
Box 7: 45
“2000: A Peace Odyssey”
1993
Box 7: 46
Series 2. Personal
1967-2002
2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Addres Book
ca.1990
Box 8: 1
Andrei Kortunov Speech
1990 Apr
Box 8: 2
Big Lagoon Estates, California Purchase
1985
Box 8: 3
Birth Certificate (copy)
1970 Sept 2
Box 8: 4
Bosma’s “Secret” Memo
1985
Box 8: 5
Correspondence
1967-1987
Box 8: 6-8
Correspondence with Friends
1982-1989
Box 8: 9
Correspondence with Joanna Macy
1984
Box 8: 10
Curriculum Vitae and Bibliographies
ca.1994
Box 8: 11
English 385: Writing Assignments
1967
Box 8: 12
English 385: “The Homecoming”
1966 Oct 19
Box 8: 13
Excerpts from Journal #2
1976-1977
Box 8: 14
Government 203: Syllabus and Notes
1964
Box 8: 15
Hanoi Journal Notes
1968
Box 8: 16
High School Diploma and School Documents
1967
Box 8: 17
History 377: Reading Lists and Notes
1964
Box 8: 18
“The House Made of Boysenberries” by Emil Forsbald
ca.1991
Box 8: 19
Income Possibilities
1991
Box 8: 20
Journals:
Journal
1969-1992
Box 8: 21-25
Costa Rica
1991 Dec
Box 8: 26
Eastern Journey (Russia and Czech Republic)
1990
Box 8: 27
Guatemala
1998
Box 8: 28
Hanoi
1968 May
Box 8: 29
Mexico – Guatemala
1976
Box 8: 30
Nepal – Thailand
1987
Box 8: 31
New Zealand
1972
Box 8: 32
Pescadero – Summer of Cycling
1976
Box 8: 33
Prague
1991
Box 8: 34
Prague – Poland – Soviet Union
1990
Box 8: 35
Salmon Creek
1977
Box 8: 36
Salmon Creek School
1977-1978
Box 9: 1
Thailand
1990 Feb
Box 9: 2
Tunisia – Italy
1998
Box 9: 3
Western and Eastern Europe
1983
Box 9: 4
“The Movement Action Plan” by Bill Moyers
1987
Box 9: 5
Maps
ca.1997
Box 9: 6
The Meltdown of history
ca.1990
Box 9: 7
“Mr. Eliot Among the Mermaids: T.S. Eliot and the French Symbolists” – Honors Essay
1967 Mar
Box 9: 8
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Application Materials
1993
Box 9: 9
Notes on Buddhism
1991
Box 9: 10
Notes on Listening
ca.1990
Box 9: 11
Notes on Older Parents
1996
Box 9: 12
Notes on Successful Leadership
2002
Box 9: 13
Notes on Telephone/Data Networks
1990
Box 9: 14
Notes on Waldorf School
1998
Box 9: 15
Poems
1987
Box 9: 16
“Who’s Eyes Are On the Hummingbirds?” by Victor Perera
1993
Box 9: 17
Pregnancy Notes and Announcement
1993
Box 9: 18
Save Gilham Butte button
ca.1998
Box 9: 19
“South Vietnam Land and People” sketch portfolios (parts 1-3)
1967
Box 9: 20-22
Contents:

Three portfolios of roughly forty-five 18.5 x 24.5cm art reproductions
each, published by Liberation Publishing House in Vietnam. Each sketch includes title,
artist, and date in English and Vietnamese. A preface explains that in the “people’s war”
a “no less effective weapon is art with its colours and melodies,” and concludes, “The
sketches by six artists of the people: Co Tan Long Chau, Le van Chuong,
Huynh phuong Dong, Thai Ha, Le hong Hai, Nguyen van Kinh, that you find herein will
perhaps help you to form a more thorough view of embattled Vietnam.”

Gulf War Protest Flyers
1991
Box 9: 23
Series 3. Photographs
1968-2014
1 box (1 linear feet)
Prints
1968 May
Box 10: 1
1968 May
Box 10: 2
1968 May
Box 10: 3
1968 May
Box 10: 4
1968 May
Box 10: 5-12
Tokyo, Japan: Demonstration
1968 May
Box 10: 13
Mark Sommer
1970
Box 10: 14
Maya Sommer, friends
ca.1990
Box 10: 15
Mark Sommer
1992
Box 10: 16
California: Home gardens
ca.1995
Box 10: 17
Negatives
1968 May
Box 10: 18
1968 May
Box 10: 19
Digital Photographs
Series 4. Audiovisual
1982-2005
3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Diaries and Reflections
1985-2005
“Cleaning the Goat Barn, Contemplating Success” – NPR “All Things
Considered” submission (2 audiocassettes)
ca.1985
Box 11
Fathering Journals (2 audiocassettes)
1993 Nov-Dec
Box 11
Fathering Journals (14 audiocassettes)
1994
Box 11
Pea’s Journal (1 audiocassette)
1994 Apr
Box 11
Social innovation, Middle East (1 MiniDisc)
2002 Apr
Box 13
Audio journals (20 MiniDiscs)
2002
Box 13
Audio journals (15 MiniDiscs)
2003
Box 13
Audio journals (42 MiniDiscs)
2004
Box 13
Audio journals (18 MiniDiscs)
2005
Box 13
Audio journals (9 MiniDiscs)
undated
Box 13
Maya’s disc (1 MiniDisc)
undated
Box 13
Amtrak Interviews
1982 Jan-May
Stanley Milgram; 1: Troy Fueri; 2: Jackson Cunningham Jones; 3: Nancy Tracy (1 audiocassette)
1982 Jan 25, 1982 Feb 10
Box 12
3: Nancy Tracy; 4: Jack Longet (1 audiocassette)
1982 Feb 10
Box 12
Sally and Gerda; Jan and Pete Johnson (1 audiocassette)
1982 Feb 10
Box 12
Jan and Pete Johnson; 4: Anonymous “born-again;” 5: Daniel Bihn (1 audiocassette)
1982 Feb 10
Box 12
5: Daniel Bihn; 6: Ron Maede (1 audiocassette)
1982 Feb 10
Box 12
6: Ron Maede; 7: Mark Bigelow (1 audiocassette)
1982 Feb 10
Box 12
7: Mark Bigelow; 8: Laura Janota; 9: Lorain Ramsgard (1 audiocassette)
1982 Feb 10
Box 12
Kim and Alicia Robinson; John Agosti; Richard Draper; Sterling Speirn (1 audiocassette)
ca.1982 Feb
Box 12
Gail Vincent (1 audiocassette)
1982 May 17
Box 12
Dot and John Fisher-Smith (1 audiocassette)
1982 May 24
Box 12
Interviews
1985-1998
Boulding, Kenneth (5 audiocassettes)
1986 Jan
Box 11
Contents:

Conversations with philosopher and economist Kenneth Boulding in
the last months of his life.

“Consider the Alternatives” Sommer on The Conquest of War (1 audiocassette)
1986 Jan
Box 11
Klein, Ric and Nicole (3 audiocassettes)
1991 Aug 08
Box 12
North, Carolyn (2 audiocassettes)
1992 Jan 13
Box 12
Register, Richard (2 audiocassettes)
1992 Mar 09
Box 12
Callenbach, Ernest (2 audiocassettes)
1992 Mar 16
Box 12
van der Ryn, Sim (1 audiocassette)
1992 Apr 16
Box 12
Boulding, Kenneth (1 audiocassette)
1992 Nov 13
Box 12
Fuller, Robert (3 audiocassettes)
1993 Jan 20-23
Box 12
Halprin, Anna (1 audiocassette)
1993 Jan 28
Box 12
Anthony, Carl (2 audiocassettes)
1993 Feb 10
Box 12
Hoffman, Elliot (1 audiocassette)
1993 Mar 18
Box 12
Haverlik, Vera (1 audiocassette)
1993 Apr 15
Box 12
Sneed, Cathy (1 audiocassette)
1993 May 13
Box 12
Linn, Karl (1 audiocassette)
1993 May 20
Box 12
KP (1 audiocassette)
1994 Feb
Box 11
Houston, David (1 audiocassette)
1994 May 18
Box 11
Sutcher, Steve (1 audiocassette)
1994 Jun 07
Box 11
Sochet, Marty (1 audiocassette)
1994 Jun 08
Box 11
Tennison, Sharon (1 audiocassette)
1998 Feb
Box 11
Media Apperances
1985-1998
Briem, Ray (1 audiocassette)
ca.1985 Nov
Box 11
Mark Sommer Alive at City Hall (VHS tape)
1990 Jun
Box 10
CNN interview on Living in Freedom (VHS tape)
1992 Jul 15
Box 10

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The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Mark Sommer, May 2017.

Separated Material

In addition to his published books (noted in the collection inventory), books that came with the Mark Sommer Papers were removed from the collection and will be cataloged separately. These books include:

  • Allen, J. S. (2000). Organizing in the Depression South: A Communist’s Memoir [Special Issue]. Nature, Society, and Thought: A Journal of Dialectical and Historical Materialism, 13(1).
  • Bradlee, B. (1964). That Special Grace (1st ed.). Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott Company.
  • Cannon, T. (1972). Vietnam: A Thousand Years of Struggle. San Francisco, CA: Peoples Press.
  • Center for Research on Criminal Justice. (1975). The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove: An Analysis of the U.S. Police. Berkeley, CA: Center for Research on Criminal Justice.
  • Debray, R. (1970). Strategy for Revolution: Essays on Latin America. Blackburn, R. (Ed.). New York, NY: Monthy Review Press.

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Cite as: Mark Sommer Papers (MS 973). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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  • Antinuclear movement
  • Counterculture–United States
  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • Journalists–California
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Organic farming–California
  • Peaceful change (International relations)
  • Peace–research
  • Political activists
  • Reconciliation
  • Self-reliant living–California
  • Social change
  • Sommer, Mark
  • Spiritual life–Buddhism
  • Sustainable living
  • Travel writing
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

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Gift of Mark Sommer, May 2017

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