Scope and Content
Title: Inventory of the Lynn Shaw Collection,
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Shaw, Lynn Judith
[11.26 linear ft]
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
This collection documents the academic and professional life of Dr. Lynn Shaw, a professor of electrical technology at Long
Beach City College who has been a key figure in the labor and nontraditional women's occupation movement in Southern California
as well as in national tradeswomen's groups. Materials include: professional organization and conference materials; materials
concerning career development, including apprenticeship and curricular programs; reports; periodicals; Dr. Shaw's Master's
thesis and other academic materials; flyers and brochures; newspaper clippings; and ephemera. Other materials concern organizations
in which Dr. Shaw has played a leading role, including Women In Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER); Tradeswomen Now
and Tomorrow; the Southern California Tradeswomen Network; and Electric Women, along with other tradeswomen organizations;
U.S. Department of Labor materials; and subject files concerning gender, employment, labor and labor unions, and policies
and programs such as affirmative action and welfare.
Language: Collection material is in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Title of item], Lynn Shaw Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
In support of the Tradeswomen Archives project at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) initiated by Dr. Vivian
Price, Lynn Judith Shaw donated materials in 2008-2010 that document her academic and professional work concerning labor and
women in trades.
Processing started by Veronica D'Aquino in 2009 and completed by Sue Tyson in 2011.
Lynn Judith Shaw, who is currently a professor of electrical technology at Long Beach City College,
has been an advocate for women working in careers that pay a living wage since the mid-1970s. She has
worked as miner, steelworker, longshore worker, and journey-level electrician, and has been an active
union member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) since 1982. She received her
Doctorate in Educational Policy from the Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University
in 2001, and her Master's degree at California State University-Long Beach in 1995. Her vocational and
research interests include issues of women in nontraditional careers; the development of educational
and apprenticeship programs that support the entry of women in skilled trades; bringing to the fore the voices of diverse
women and men who work in the trades; and the study of gender, race, class, and work.
Along with her teaching, Dr. Shaw has played a key role in many organizations devoted to women in
nontraditional jobs. She is the founder of WINTER, Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles, a
nonprofit advocacy and training organization, and of the Long Beach City College Soroptimist
Women in Trades and Technology Center. Her work also includes networking, training, and founding or holding leadership roles
in other organizations, including the national tradeswomen group, Tradeswomen Now and Tomorrow; the Southern California Tradeswomen
Network; Electric Women; and the Redlands-San Bernardino Chapter of the National Organization for Women. Dr. Shaw is also
a visual artist who in 1992 co-produced with Vivian Price and Neshtey Crudup the film In My Own Words: Against All Odds, 1992.
With these activities, Dr. Shaw has sought to promote increased opportunities for women to enter the skilled trades. Her work
has also aimed to increase awareness of gender and racial discrimination in the workplace and in education, as well as of
legal and educational means to foster equal opportunity in these areas.
Scope and Content
The papers comprising the Lynn Shaw collection (1937-2010, bulk 1990-2005) document her career as an advocate for women's
rights and career opportunity in the skilled trades, an occupational area traditionally filled by men.
The collection comprises primarily curricular and educational resources; conference and workshop materials; reports; newspaper
clippings; information about organizations; publications; and business and legal documents that concern women in trades or
that show Dr. Shaw's affiliations with and contributions to various tradeswomen organizations. These materials also reflect
her active advocacy and work to foster awareness of gender-related issues in the workplace, in career training, and in the
educational system. Organizational papers primarily document the activities of trades organizations such as WINTER and Electric
Women, and publications and clippings provide a broad view of policy, related issues, current events, and advocacy concerning
women in nontraditional careers. Some of the materials in the collection refer to Dr. Shaw as Lynn Dabney.
The career development series gathers publications; flyers and brochures; correspondence; articles; and reports organized
into subseries covering the topics of apprenticeship; conferences and workshops; flyers and brochures, guides and handbooks;
curriculum and lesson planning; and programs.
The subject files gather publications, pamphlets, articles, and newspapers clippings covering several topics including: activism
and civic events; affirmative action; arts; community development; employment and barriers to employment such as childcare
and transportation issues; equality and equal opportunity; gender, especially as it relates to education, employment, and
the workplace; industries; labor and labor unions; racism; sexual harassment; tradeswomen; and welfare.
The materials in the collection document the landscape of groups and networks that have worked and are working to address
issues of women in the skilled trades.
Arranged in six series:
- Series I. Academic File, 1984-2007, bulk 1993-1995
- Series II. Tradeswomen Organizations and Related Groups, 1984-2008, bulk 1995-2005
- Series III. Tradeswomen and Related Publications, 1979-2009, bulk 1994-2005
- Series IV. Clippings and Graphics, 1981-2006, bulk 1994-2005
- Series V. Career Development in the Trades, 1937-2009, bulk 1992-2005
- Series V. Subject Files, 1937-2010, bulk 1992-2002
Affirmative action programs--California
Apprenticeship programs--United States
Career development--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Career development--Sex differences
Discrimination in employment--Law and legislation--United States
Diversity in the workplace
Gender & education
Gender & work
Labor union members--United States
Labor laws and legislation--California
Occupational training for women
Sex discrimination in employment
Women in the labor movement--California
Doro, Sue, 1937-
Shaw, Lynn Judith
Non Traditional Employment for Women
Century Freeway Affirmative Action Committee, Inc. (Calif.)
Chicago Women in Trades
City of Long Beach Private Industry Council
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 11 (Calif.)
Liberty Hill Foundation
Los Angeles Unified School District
Southern California Tradeswomen Network
United States. Bureau of Labor
United States. Bureau of Labor. Women's Bureau
Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc.
Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER)
Women Union Electricians: A Comparison of Job and Training Experiences of White Women and Women of Color.
Doro, Sue, 1937- . Blue Collar Goodbyes.
Doro, Sue, 1937- . Sugar String.
This collection is part of the Tradeswomen Archives Project, as is another collection housed at California State University-Dominguez
Hills, the Vivian Price Collection.