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Stockton Immigrant Women Collection
MSS 239  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: stockton immigrant women
    Dates: 1980-1986
    Collection number: MSS 239
    Collector: Miller, Sally
    Collection Size: 2 linear feet
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
    Stockton, California 95211
    Abstract: This collection contains audio interviews, transcriptions, and related newspaper clippings of immigrant women in Stockton.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Stockton Immigrant Women. MSS 239. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Sally Miller was a Professor of History at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She organized a conference and three seminars concerning Stockton immigrant women in 1980-81. Miller had her students interview sixty-five women of twenty-seven nationalities ranging in age from twenty to ninety years old. Additional group interviews were conducted at the conference in May 1981. Most of the women interviewed had come to the United States between 1920 and 1950. They worked on farms, in canneries, as dressmakers, as restaurant workers and as teachers. A summary of the Stockton Immigrant Women project was published in The Californians in 1986.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains audio interviews, transcriptions, and related newspaper clippings of immigrant women in Stockton. In addition to discussing family life, parenting in a new culture, and work, the interviewees revealed their own experiences and struggles of when they immigrated to America and tried to establish themselves. Not only did they discuss their country of origin, traditions, and family life, but many interviewees were asked questions about the women’s liberation movement and changing gender roles and expectations. The collection contains tapes of the proceedings of the Stockton Immigrant Women Conference and Seminars together with miscellaneous papers pertaining to the interview process.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Women immigrants - California - Stockton - Interviews
    Stockton (Calif.) - History - Sources
    Stockton (Calif.) - Social life and customs