University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Toby Myers Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Myers, Toby
Collection Title Toby Myers Papers
Dates 1972-2010
Identification 02/2010-018
Physical Description 1.00 linear feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

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).

Scope and Contents

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.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts (document genre)
Personal Name:
Myers, Toby
Topical Term:
Abused women -- Care -- Texas
Family violence -- Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

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

Detailed List of Contents

ArchonID id124259
Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents
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 Folder
1 1 ArchonID id124273
Correspondence 1979-2008
2 ArchonID id124274
Correspondence undated

ArchonID id124260
Creative Works

Scope and Contents
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 Folder
1 3 ArchonID id124276
Interview transcripts and printed articles 1982-2005

ArchonID id124261
Professional Development

Scope and Contents
Materials in this series deal primarily with Toby Myers’ teaching positions at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX.
Box Folder
1 4 ArchonID id124278
Correspondence dealing with employment 1981-2006
5 ArchonID id124279
Certificates 1985-2006

ArchonID id124262
Religious Involvement

Scope and Contents
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 Folder
1 6 ArchonID id124281
Clippings and brochures 1980-1986
7 ArchonID id124282
Work with Jewish Women’s groups: Clippings and brochures 1978-2008
8 ArchonID id124283
Work against violence in Jewish households 1986-2002
9 ArchonID id124284

ArchonID id124263

Scope and Contents
This series documents Toby Myers’ involvement in advocacy with correspondence, testimony transcripts, printed material, and photographs.
Box Folder
1 10 ArchonID id124286
Correspondence 1981-2000
11 ArchonID id124287
Testimony transcripts 1978-1995
12 ArchonID id124288
Printed material 1978-2008
13 ArchonID id124289
Photographs, Texas Council on Family Violence
14 ArchonID id124290
Photographs, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV); National Center Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

ArchonID id124264
Public Speaking

Scope and Contents
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 Folder
1 15 ArchonID id124297
Correspondence 1980-1994
16 ArchonID id124292
Correspondence 1995-2002
17 ArchonID id124293
Correspondence undated
18 ArchonID id124294
Workshop narrative 1976-1993
19 ArchonID id124295
Brochures 1976-1988
20 ArchonID id124296
Speeches, manuscript and typescript 1987-1995

ArchonID id124265
Biographical Material

Scope and Contents
This series follow Toby Myers in print media from 1972-2010.
Box Folder
1 21 ArchonID id124299
“Who’s Who” applications 1989-2010
22 ArchonID id124300
Clippings and other printed material 1972-2010

ArchonID id124266
Research Material

Scope and Contents
This series contains clippings by Toby Myers of topics of interest to her, but authored by other people.
Box Folder
2 1 ArchonID id124302
Clipped articles 1975-1988
2 ArchonID id124303
Clipped articles 1989-2010
3 ArchonID id124304
Clipped articles undated

ArchonID id124267
Awards and Recognitions

Scope and Contents
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 Folder
2 4 ArchonID id124306
Letters of congratulation 1981-2010
5 ArchonID id124307
Awards, invitations, and award announcements 1984-2010
6 ArchonID id124308
Acceptance speeches 1981-2010
7 ArchonID id124309

ArchonID id124268
PIVOT Involvement

Scope and Contents
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 Folder
2 8 ArchonID id124311
Correspondence 1988-1995
9 ArchonID id124312
Printed material 1980-1998
10 ArchonID id124313
Appreciation Party addresses 1990-1997
11 ArchonID id124314

ArchonID id124269
Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) Involvement

Scope and Contents
This series contains correspondence and other typed and printed material related to HAWC.
Box Folder
2 12 ArchonID id124316
Correspondence 1980-1993
13 ArchonID id124317
Printed material 1978-1995

ArchonID id124270
In Europe for The International Development Project 1981-1982

Scope and Contents
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 Folder
2 14 ArchonID id124319
Correspondence and trip description
15 ArchonID id124320

ArchonID id124271
Miscellaneous Photographs

Scope and Contents
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 Folder
2 16 ArchonID id124322
Photographic prints