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Title Oral History of Anne Layzer
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, longtime League of Women Voters member and activist Anne Layzer recounts her community and political involvement over the course of five decades of living in Mill Valley. The great-great-granddaughter of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, Anne was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Anne recalls getting political in high school, and then going on to major in American Government at Radcliffe. She recounts moving with her husband Bob, a neurologist, and their three children to Mill Valley in 1967. While their children were attending Park School, Anne served as President of the PTA. Anne describes the political culture of Mill Valley in the 1960s, focusing on the heated issue of public education, and notes the transformation of the town from majority Republican to Democrat during this period. In the early 1970s, Anne became active with the League of Women Voters, and she discusses in detail her involvement in the campaign against Proposition 13. Throughout this oral history, Anne expresses her deep political commitment to making democracy functional and effective, and her contentment living in Mill Valley.
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Dates of Creation 2017-03-03
Narrator's name Layzer, Anne
Interviewer Kleiner, Joyce
Extent and Medium Transcript: 25pp
Recording: 01:24:34
Search Terms "Whole Tam Family"
Beaver Country Day School
Boessenecker, Joan
Camp Pendleton
Cutler, Betsy
Demographics - Marin County
Demographics - Mill Valley
Diversity (economic)
Educational Congress of California
Educational organizations
Foote, Kathleen
Garrison, William Lloyd (great-great grandfather)
Layzer, Bob (husband)
Layzer, Kate (daughter)
Layzer, Philip (son)
League of Women Voters
Local politics
Mill Valley Chamber Music Society
Palches, Peter
Park School
Proposition 13
Serrano v. Priest
Solem, Anne
Trump, Donald
Object ID 2017.128.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2017. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.