The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Gail Pass Papers, ca. 1970-1997

MSS-177

Size: 7.25 lin. ft.

Provenance: received from Gabrielle Davis, June 20, 2003

Access: open

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Sara Wise, 2003

 

Biographical Sketch

            Gail Bernice Pass was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1940 to Arthur R. and Helen M. Pass and spent her youth in the Toledo area. She attended Ottawa Hills High School and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1958. Gail then attended Smith College where she studied liberal arts but after two years transferred to the University of California at Berkeley  where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. Ms. Pass remained in California for a time after her studies and worked as a writer, having success in publishing two novels. The first, Zoe’s Book, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1976 and was nominated for the Hemingway Prize in Fiction. Surviving Sisters was published by Atheneum in 1981.
            Ms. Pass also worked as an instructor at the University of New Hampshire between the years 1977-1979. She taught fiction and women’s writing courses while also serving as a coordinator for a battered women’s shelter. After a time in the New England area, and also in Canada, Ms. Pass returned to Toledo, working as a guest lecturer at the University of Toledo and also became a publications coordinator for the former Toledo Trust Co.
            Although Ms. Pass had gained some recognition and success in publishing her works of fiction, she decided to put her creative writing abilities to use in as a self-employed free-lance writer. She began working with various businesses, schools, and organizations, and contracted work for brochures, reports, speeches, letters, etc. She developed very profitable connections to such Toledo establishments as the Medical College of Ohio, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Toledo Public School System, along with many other local groups. Along with her professional writing work, Ms. Pass also gave writing seminars to various groups and continued to work in community service, reading Time magazine articles into a tape recorder for residents at the Sight Center.   
            In July of 1997, Ms. Pass was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died on Monday, August 25, 1997 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio at the age of 57.

Scope and Content Note

            The Gail Pass Papers cover materials documenting Ms. Pass’ writing career and business activities. The collection has been divided into 9 series, titled by subject. Series I, (S1) Correspondence consists of personal letters, cards, and postcards as well as professional correspondence. Series II, (S2) Periodicals contains various newsletters, magazines and other publications which were either received by Ms. Pass for personal or professional use or contain reference or highlights of her writings or work. Series III, (S3) Personal/Fiction Writing is a collection of Ms. Pass’ personal fiction manuscripts. It contains materials documenting her writing process from the earliest drafts to publishing statements and agent work. For some of her larger works of fiction, numerous copies and proofs are contained. Series IV, (S4) Business Writing contains materials pertaining to Ms. Pass’ professional writing services to various businesses, organizations, schools, groups, etc. The materials are grouped by the organization’s title and may include everything from proposals and requests for work to the research materials, publications, and reports used for her work. Also included are numerous drafts, copies, and revisions of her work. Series V, (S5) Professional Writing Seminars is a collection of reference type materials created by Ms. Pass and presented at writing seminars that she gave to various professional organizations. The series contains outlines, worksheets and teaching/reference materials used by both Ms. Pass and her audience for these seminars. Series VI, (S6) Finance contains financial invoices dated by year pertaining largely to her professional business writing activities. Series VII, (S7) Speeches consists of various speeches drafted, revised, edited, and presented for use by various speakers at various types of occasions. Series VIII, (S8) Audio Visual contains materials pertaining to an audio visual workshop presented with help from Ms. Pass, photographs, and video scripts written by Ms. Pass. Series IX, (S9) Ephemera is a collection of various materials concerning other areas of Ms. Pass’ work, including records, journals, contracts, grants, agents, vitae, clippings, and research materials. Concluding this series are miscellaneous files generally organized by subject.

Series List

S1

Correspondence

½ linear foot of personal and professional correspondence.
Arranged by type: Letters, Greeting Cards, Postcards, and with her Parents.
Alphabetized by last name (if given) within each sub-series.

S2

Periodicals

¼ linear foot of various newsletters and magazines.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Contains various publications either received by Ms. Pass, highlight her writings or 
   work, or were used as reference.   

S3

Personal/Fiction Writing

1 linear foot of assorted personal and fiction manuscripts.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Contains drafts, proofs, copies, and related materials for Ms. Pass’ personal/fiction
   writing. Often includes publisher statements and correspondence regarding the
   specific work.

S4

Business Writing

4-½ linear feet of materials related to Ms. Pass’ work and writings for businesses.
Arranged alphabetically by business/organization/school/group title.
Contains proposals, requests, editing responses, drafts, copies, revisions, research
   materials, brochures, reports and other related items which were used in Ms. Pass’
   contract work for different businesses, organizations, schools, groups, etc.

S5

Professional Writing Seminars

¼ linear foot of outlines, handouts, and teaching materials for seminars given by
   Ms. Pass on professional writing
Includes folders designated by audience-specific seminars, first generally for different
   fields (e.g. legal, business, etc.) and then for  specific corporate or organizational
   audiences.

S6

Finance

¼ linear foot of financial invoices.
Arranged chronologically by year.
Invoice information is mainly concerned with the business writing of Ms. Pass and
   royalties and fees for her personal/fiction writing.

S7

Speeches

¼ linear foot of speeches written for various occasions and speakers.
Arranged alphabetically by occasion or speaker.
Includes speech drafts, revision correspondence with speakers, final copies, and
    notes for performance.

S8

Audio Visual

¼ linear foot consisting of materials on an Audio Visual workshop given with Jane
    Bruss, photographs of Ms. Pass, and video scripts.
Arranged alphabetically.

S9

Ephemera
¼ linear foot of materials unrelated to the major series.
Arranged alphabetically by subject title.
Includes various materials relating to Ms. Pass’ personal Appointments, professional
     Contracts, Vitae, Employment, work with Agents and Grants, Newspaper
     Clippings, Teaching Materials, as well as a personal writing Journal, Research
     Materials and Sketches.
The series concludes with various Miscellaneous materials generally organized by
     subject.

 

Folder List

Box

Folder

Arrangement

S1. Correspondence

Letters

1

1

A-F

2

Bardis, Panos D.

3

Bobleter, Millie

4

Business/Professional

5

Civic & Employment Concerns

6

Employment Applications

7

G-M

8

Joseph, Ellen (Houghton Mifflin) 1975-1979

9

Miscellaneous Business

10

N-Z

11

Publisher Responses

12

Rule, Jane

Greeting Cards

13

A-K

14

L-Z

Postcards

15

Postcards

Parents

16

Parents

S2. Periodicals

17

“Inside Track”

18

Miscellaneous

19

“OC Insider”

20

“Vantage Point”

21

“Vistas”

S3. Personal/Fiction Writing

22

Concho Domino: A Playful Novel (1 of 2)

23

Concho Domino: A Playful Novel (2 of 2)

24

A Limestone Landscape

25

Oscar’s Keeper Copy (1 of 2)

26

Oscar’s Keeper Copy and Notes (2 of 2)

27

Oscar’s Keeper Correspondence

28

Song Number One

29

Surviving Sisters Atheneum Press

2

1

Surviving Sisters (1 of 2)

2

Surviving Sisters (2 of 2)

3

Surviving Sisters Draft 1 (1 of 2)

4

Surviving Sisters Draft 1 (2 of 2)

5

Surviving Sisters Draft 2

6

Surviving Sisters Master Proof

7

Surviving Sisters Publishing Statements

8

What They Did Draft (1 of 2)

9

What They Did Draft (2 of 2)

10

What They Did (1 of 2)

11

What They Did (2 of 2)

12

What They Did Publisher Correspondence

13

Zoe’s Book Manuscript Copy (1 of 2)

14

Zoe’s Book Manuscript Copy (2 of 2)

15

Zoe’s Book Research and Publishing

16

Zoe’s Book (1 of 2)

17

Zoe’s Book (2 of 2)

18

Zoe’s Book Reviews & Statements

19

Zoe’s Book Publisher/Reader Correspondence

20

Zoe’s Book Commentary and Review

S4. Business Writing

2

21

Adrian College

22

American Red Cross

23

Association for Children for Enforcement of Support

24

Bionix: Mary Regan

25

Burlington Air Express

26

Burns-Wender-Dana: Summary Plan Description

27

California Alumni Magazine

28

Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Project (1997)

29

Cranbrook

30

DACOVA: Newsletter Presentation

31

Defiance College: Financial Aid Brochure

32

Detroit Medical Center: Cancer Institute

33

Eastern Michigan University Foundation: Annual Report (1996)

34

Eastern Michigan University Foundation: Entrepreneur Chair

3

1

Eastern Michigan University Institute for Educational Reform

2

Eastern Michigan University MOTT Foundation

3

Exhibit & Display Center – LOFPAC 1996

4

Exhibit & Display Center – Miscellaneous

5

Findley Davies Inc.

6

Franklin Park Mall – Maxie 1991, 1994

7

Gross Electric Inc.

8

Harbor Behavioral Healthcare

9

Harper Grace Hospital Brochures

10

Henry Ford Community College

11

Henry Ford Health Systems Athletic Medicine

12

Henry Ford Health System Skillman Proposal

13

Henry Ford Health System High School Background

14

Henry Ford Health System West Annex Proposal

15

Herman Miller – Billable Times, 1991-1993

16

Herman Miller – Billable Times, Health & Safety, 1995

17

Herman Miller – CEO Speeches, John Berry 1 of 2

18

Herman Miller – CEO Speeches, John Berry 2 of 2

19

Herman Miller – Lois Maassen, Research Summary, 1 of 2

20

Herman Miller – Lois Maassen, Research Summary, 2 of 2

21

Herman Miller – Deave Phelps article

22

Herman Miller – 1 of 2

23

Herman Miller – 2 of 2

24

Insurance Agencies

25

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra – Endowment campaign

26

Judson Center

27

Joan McMaster

28

Kadima brochure

29

Lathrop – Build Ohio Entry, 1996

30

Lawrence Technological

31

Library Presentation – Writing Workshop, 10/16/93

32

Life in Medicine – Office Design

33

Life in Medicine Magazine – Marriage

34

Long Island University

35

Long Island University Upjohn Proposal

36

Lucas County Mental Health Board Residential Report

37

Lucas County Recreational Dept. / CEG

4

1

Medical College of Ohio – Annual Report, 1997

2

MCO – AH Professor, Winter 1996

3

MCO – AHEC

4

MCO – Alumni

5

MCO – Alumni Magazine, Fall 1996

6

MCO – Alumni Magazine, Winter 1997

7

MCO – Annual Campaign 1994

8

MCO – Annual Campaign 1995

9

MCO – Annual Campaign 1996

10

MCO – Annual Reports, Brochures, Mission Statements, etc. 1 of  2

11

MCO – Annual Reports, Brochures, Mission Statements, etc. 2 of  2

12

MCO – Annual Report 1996

13

MCO – Background Materials

14

MCO – Brochures

15

MCO – Business Plan 1991-1992

16

MCO – By-laws

17

MCO – Cancer Brochure

18

MCO – Case Statement on Aging

19

MCO – Children’s Miracle Network

20

MCO – Children’s Miracle Network Endowment

21

MCO – Children’s Miracle Network Magazine

22

MCO – College and Hospital, 1996

23

MCO – Collier Building

24

MCO – Community Health Project

25

MCO – Corporate Development Brochure

26

MCO – Coulacos/Brennan & Associates Brochure

8

1

MCO – “Discovery” Master Plan, Report Draft #1

2

MCO – “Discovery” Master Plan

4

27

MCO – Founder’s Day Video 1996

28

MCO – Gerontology

29

MCO – Goals & Strategies Overview Priorities, 1993-1994

30

MCO – Goals, 1995

31

MCO – Golden Oak Society Giving Brochure

32

MCO – HIV Brochure

33

MCO – Kelleher Residency Endowment

34

MCO – Kresge Foundation

35

MCO – Kroger Proposal

36

MCO – Lilly Proposals

37

MCO – L.J. Burns Brochure

38

MCO – L.J. Burns Presentation

39

MCO – Magazine

40

MCO – Magazine, summer 1997

41

MCO – Master Plan

42

MCO – M.D. 1996

43

MCO – Mission Statement

5

1

MCO – Newsletter Proposal

2

MCO – Northwest Ohio Fund for Health Sciences Brochure

3

MCO – Nursing, Winter 1996

4

MCO – Ockuly Brochure

5

MCO – “Pollyball” Affairs

6

MCO – Prescribed Pediatrics Center

7

MCO – Presidency Endowment

8

MCO – Pulmonary Center Proposal

9

MCO – Rapp Profile and P.R.

10

MCO – Satellites, Goals, 1995

11

MCO – Surgical Oncology Fund

12

MCO – Sandoz Corp. proposal

13

MCO – “Share our Vision”

14

MCO – Technical Park Materials

15

MCO – Teleconference Center Brochure

16

MCO – Think Tank

17

MCO – Trauma Center Brochure

18

MCO – Vaccine/Immunotheraphy Endowment

19

MCO – Victory Center

20

MCO – Video Proposal

21

MCO – Miscellaneous

22

MCO – Miscellaneous, 1994

23

MCO – Miscellaneous, 1995

24

MCO – Miscellaneous, 1996

25

MCO – Miscellaneous, 1997

26

Medical/Mental Health Materials

27

Metzger Brochure, Linda and Maria

28

Mid Am Inc. – Background, Annual Reports

29

Mid Am Inc. – Brochures

30

Mid Am Inc. – McDermott

31

NAIAD Publishing

32

National City Bank Background

33

New Media Group Brochure

34

Nursing Home Women’s Studies Project

35

Ohio Diagnostic Brochure

36

Owens-Corning Benefits Package

37

Parlan Financial Group

38

Ramsdale, Margaret – Resume

39

Rescue Crisis Services

40

Rescue Crisis Services – CASMI

41

Rescue Crisis Services – Frank Ayers

42

Rescue Crisis Services – Ohio Grant

43

Rescue Crisis Services – Visibility Project

44

Rescue Crisis Services/West Center – Acucare

45

Riverside – Ad Projects

46

Riverside – Baldridge Award

47

Riverside – Hospital Binders

48

Riverside – Quality Award

49

Riverside – Vim & Vigor Background

6

1

Ryland Group Benefits Folder

2

Shareholder Communication Corp.

3

Sienna Heights College

4

Society National Bank – Arts Award

5

Tiffin University – Annual Report 1995

6

Tiffin University – Background

7

Toledo Arts Miscellaneous

8

Toledo Blade Mentally Ill in Jail

9

Toledo Chamber of Commerce

10

Toledo Chamber of Commerce – Membership Reference, 1997

11

Toledo Chamber of Commerce – Triad co-proposal

12

City of Toledo

13

Toledo Department of Natural Resources Annual Reports

14

Toledo Metropolitan Magazine

15

Toledo Museum of Art

16

Toledo Museum of Art – Annual Report

17

Toledo Museum of Art – Annual Report, 1995

18

Toledo Museum of Art – Background

19

Toledo Museum of Art – Catalogue/Flyer Proposal

20

Toledo Museum of Art – Internet Presence

21

Toledo Museum of Art – Markopoulos

22

Toledo Museum of Art – Miscellaneous

23

Toledo Museum of Art – Sept./Oct. 1995

24

Toledo Museum of Art – Nov./Dec. 1995

25

Toledo Museum of Art – Mar./Apr. 1996

26

Toledo Museum of Art – May/June 1996

27

Toledo Museum of Art – Jul./Aug. 1996

28

Toledo Museum of Art – Sept./Oct. 1996

29

Toledo Museum of Art – Nov./Dec. 1996

30

Toledo Museum of Art – Jan./Feb. 1997

31

Toledo Museum of Art – Mar./Apr. 1997

32

Toledo Museum of Art – May/June 1997

33

Toledo Museum of Art – Jul./Aug. 1997

34

Toledo Public Schools – Ad Profiles

35

Toledo Public Schools – Curriculum Writing

36

Toledo Public Schools – Letters, 1997

8

3

Toledo Public Schools – Newsletters

6

37

Toledo Public Schools – Superintendent Letters, Reports

38

Toledo Public Schools – Web Site #1

39

Toledo Public Schools – Web Site #2

40

Toledo Public Schools – Web Site Additions

41

Trinova Construction Equipment Article

42

Trustcorp Scholar

43

University of Toledo – Planned Giving

44

Vista Capital Management Group Inc.

7

1

Walsh College

2

Dan Weeks Annual Report Mailer

3

WGTE Channel 30, Susan Sharkey

4

Women Alive! M.K. Sanford

S5. Professional Writing Seminars

5

Professional Development Prospects

6

Professional Writing – Business

7

Professional Writing – Legal

8

Writing Seminar – Materials

9

Writing Seminar – Rudolph/Libbe

10

Writing Seminar – Employment Association

11

Writing Seminar – NAWIC

12

Writing Seminar – SMPS

S6. Finance

7

13

Invoices, 1990

14

Invoices, 1993

15

Invoices, 1994

16

Invoices, 1995

17

Invoices, 1996

18

Invoices, 1997

S7. Speeches

7

19

Michael Berry

20

Committee of 100

21

Heart of Riverside, Carroll Ashley, 1994

22

Heart of Riverside, Scott Shook, 1994

23

Riverside Directors Conference, 1992

24

Roof Raising Ceremony, 1990

25

Service Awards, Carroll Ashley

26

Service Award, Carroll Ashley, 1993

27

Service Award, Carroll Ashley, 1994

28

Service Award, Scott Shook, 1995

29

“Toledo After Hours” Welcomes Margaret Thatcher

30

Materials

31

Miscellaneous

S8. Audio Visual

7

32

Audio Visual Workshop, Jane Bruss

33

Photographs

34

Video Scripts

S9. Ephemera

7

35

Assorted Writings

36

Appointment Journal, 1997

37

Contracts

38

Diplomas, Dossier, Evaluations

39

Employment Prospects

40

Grant and Agent Information

41

Literary Journal

42

Newspaper Clippings

43

Teaching Materials

44

Women/Pioneer Materials

45

Writing Resources

46

Miscellaneous

47

Miscellaneous Brochures, 1 of 2

48

Miscellaneous Brochures, 2 of 2

49

Miscellaneous Flyers

50

Miscellaneous Reports, Statements,

Business Information, 1 of 2

51

Miscellaneous Reports, Statements,

Business Information, 2 of 2

 

 

Last Updated: 1/3/12