Guide to the Women on the Waterfront Oral History Project Collection, 1992-2005

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Women on the Waterfront Oral History Project Collection
Dates: 1992-2005
Bulk Dates: 1992-1997
Identification: URB/WOWOH
Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library
Physical Description: 2.04 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: The oral history interviews of female ILWU members were conducted between the years 1993 and 1997 as part of the ILWU, Local 13 "Women on the Waterfront" Oral History Project. They were conducted as a continuation of the ILWU Oral History Project which documented the stories of the union's workforce who labored on the docks of the Southern California Waterfront between the 1930s and 1960s. After the "1982 Golden et al. Consent Decree" more and more women came to work on the West Coast docks. These oral histories began to tell the story of waterfront from a female perspective.

Historical Note:

The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Audio recordings
Paper records

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 2014

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 13 - "Women on the Waterfront" Oral History Project , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Audio Recordings, 1992-1997
Series II: Transcripts, 2005

Scope and Contents

The oral history interviews of female ILWU members were conducted between the years 1993 and 1997 as part of the ILWU, Local 13 "Women on the Waterfront" Oral History Project. They were conducted as a continuation of the ILWU Oral History Project which documented the stories of the union’s workforce who labored on the docks of the Southern California Waterfront between the 1930s and 1960s. After the "1982 Golden et al. Consent Decree" more and more women came to work on the West Coast docks. These oral histories began to tell the story of waterfront from a female perspective.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Nancy Fernandez and several of her students from the CSUN History Department, in cooperation with the Urban Archives Center, undertook the "Women on the Waterfront" project to collect the personal stories of the women who worked the docks alongside the men, as well as those women who worked for the union as secretarial workers. Members of the ILWU Ladies Auxiliary, Local 8 were also asked to participate in the oral history project.
Some of the issues touched upon in these oral histories include family life of the women laborers, sexual and racial discrimination on the docks, the yearly picnic commemorating the "Bloody Thursday" strikes of 1934 and the Modernization and Mechanization Agreement which brought more women to work on the waterfront. In 1995, the Urban Archives Center was awarded a generous grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust to continue work on the "Women on the Waterfront" project. Final accessioning and transcription of this oral history project was completed in November 2005.
The collection is divided into two series, Audio Recordings (1992-1997) and Transcripts (2005).

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Audio Recordings, 1992-1997

Box 1, Item 1

Benson, Gertha - Legal Secretary for George Shibley, ILWU Local 13 Legal Counsel, Part 1, 1992 October 15

Box 1, Item 2

Benson, Gertha - Legal Secretary for George Shibley, ILWU Local 13 Legal Counsel, Part 2, 1992 October 15

Box 1, Item 3

Chandler, Peggy - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, 1993 January 14

Box 1, Item 4

Cummings, Jackie - ILWU-PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) Alcoholism and Drug Treatment and Recovery Program, Part 1, 1995 August 22

Box 1, Item 5

Cummings, Jackie - ILWU-PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) Alcoholism and Drug Treatment and Recovery Program, Part 2, 1995 August 22

Box 1, Item 6

Dacquisto, Cynthia - ILWU, Local 13, 1993 June 8

Box 1, Item 7

Daley, Edna - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1993 November 16

Box 1, Item 8

Daley, Edna - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1993 November 16

Box 1, Item 9

Grassi, Frances R. - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, Part 1, 1993 January 28

Box 1, Item 10

Grassi, Frances R. - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, Part 2, 1993 January 28

Box 1, Item 11

Gray, Lois L. - ILWU Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, Part 1, 1995 July 21

Box 1, Item 12

Gray, Lois L. - ILWU Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, Part 2, 1995 July 21

Box 1, Item 13

Hoffman, Carole - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1996 May 26

Box 1, Item 14

Hoffman, Carole - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1996 May 26

Box 1, Item 15

Hummel, Lynn - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1996 November 4

Box 1, Item 16

Hummel, Lynn - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1996 November 4

Box 1, Item 17

Hummel, Lynn - ILWU, Local 13, Part 3, 1996 November 4

Box 1, Item 18

Hummel, Lynn - ILWU, Local 13, Part 4, 1996 November 4

Box 1, Item 19

Kaunisto, Helen E. - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, 1993 March 4

Box 1, Item 20

Luse, Andrea - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1996 June 9

Box 1, Item 21

Luse, Andrea - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1996 June 9

Box 1, Item 22

Maynez, Cathy (Moore) - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1996 September 30

Box 1, Item 23

Maynez, Cathy (Moore) - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1996 September 30

Box 1, Item 24

Miller-Cibel, Linda - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1993 January 23

Box 1, Item 25

Miller-Cibel, Linda - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1993 January 23

Box 1, Item 26

Monje, Patricia - ILWU, Local 13, 1997 January 8

Box 1, Item 27

Quadres, Katie - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, 1993 January 14

Box 1, Item 28

Rivera, Esther - ILWU, Local 13 Secretary, 1993 January 20

Box 2, Item 1

Rosas, Diana - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1997 February 3

Box 2, Item 2

Rosas, Diana - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1997 February 3

Box 2, Item 3

Vogt, Kristi - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1993 November 11

Box 2, Item 4

Vogt, Kristi - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1993 November 11

Box 2, Item 5

Vogt, Kristi - ILWU, Local 13, Part 3, 1993 November 11

Box 2, Item 6

Vogt, Kristi - ILWU, Local 13, Part 4, 1993 November 11

 

Series II: Transcripts, 2005

Box 3, Folder 1

Benson, Gertha

Box 3, Folder 2

Chandler, Peggy

Box 3, Folder 3

Cummings, Jackie

Box 3, Folder 4

Dacquisto, Cynthia

Box 3, Folder 5

Daley, Edna

Box 3, Folder 6

Grassi, Frances R.

Box 3, Folder 7

Gray, Lois L.

Box 3, Folder 8

Hoffman, Carole

Box 3, Folder 9

Hummel, Lynn

Box 3, Folder 10

Kaunisto, Helen E.

Box 3, Folder 11

Luse, Andrea

Box 3, Folder 12

Maynez, Cathy (Moore)

Box 3, Folder 13

Miller-Cibel, Linda

Box 3, Folder 14

Monje, Patricia

Box 3, Folder 15

Quadres, Katie

Box 3, Folder 16

Rivera, Esther

Box 3, Folder 17

Rosas, Diana

Box 3, Folder 18

Vogt, Kristi