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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Lynn Shaw Collection
    Creator: Dabney, Lynn
    Creator: Shaw, Lynn Judith
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2008.005
    Physical Description: 11.26 Linear Feet (20 processed boxes; plus 5 unprocessed boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1937-2010
    Date (bulk): 1950-2005
    Abstract: 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. For digitized material related to all tradeswomen archives collections please consult the  Tradeswomen Archives Project .
    Language of Material: English .


    This collection contains unprocessed material. Processed materials in this collection are open for research. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections department in advance to request access to unprocessed material.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    For information about citing archival material, see the Citations for Archival Material  guide, or consult the appropriate style manual.

    Processing Information

    Processing started by Veronica D'Aquino in 2009 and completed by Sue Tyson in 2011.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    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.

    Biographical / Historical

    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 Contents

    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:
    1. Series I. Academic File, 1984-2007, bulk 1993-1995
    2. Series II. Tradeswomen Organizations and Related Groups, 1984-2008, bulk 1995-2005
    3. Series III. Tradeswomen and Related Publications, 1979-2009, bulk 1994-2005
    4. Series IV. Clippings and Graphics, 1981-2006, bulk 1994-2005
    5. Series V. Career Development in the Trades, 1937-2009, bulk 1992-2005
    6. Series V. Subject Files, 1937-2010, bulk 1992-2002

    Related Materials

    For other related material please consult: Jane Templin Collection;Oregon Tradeswoman Collection; Pat Williams Collection; Vivian Price Collection; Madeline Mixer Collection; Ronnie Sandler Collection; Kelly Baar Collection; and Molly Martin Collection. For digitized material related to all tradeswomen archives collections please consult the  Tradeswomen Archives Project .

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Affirmative action programs -- California
    Apprenticeship programs -- United States
    Building trades -- California
    Career development -- Curricula
    Career development -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Career development -- Planning
    Career development -- Sex differences
    Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- United States
    Diversity in the workplace
    Gender and education
    Gender and work
    Labor union members -- United States
    Labor laws and legislation -- California
    Occupational training for women
    Sex discrimination in employment
    Women -- Employment
    Women in the labor movement -- California
    Cassyd, Donna
    Crudup, Neshtey
    Rodriguez, Lilly
    Doro, Sue, 1937-
    Mixer, Madeline
    Price, Vivian
    Shakoor-Akbar, Ebony
    Templin, Jane
    Non Traditional Employment for Women
    Century Freeway Affirmative Action Committee Inc. (Calif.)
    Chicago Women in Trades
    City of Long Beach Private Industry Council
    Electric Women
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 11 (Calif.)
    Liberty Hill Foundation
    Los Angeles Unified School District
    Southern California Tradeswomen Network
    Tradeswomen, Inc.
    United States. Department of Labor
    United States. Women's Bureau
    Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc.
    Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER)