This collection documents the academic and professional life of Dr. Vivian Price, a political scientist,
videographer, and union electrician, who has played an active role in the labor and non-traditional women’s
occupation movement in Los Angeles, California. Materials include: legal and business papers, labor union
records, professional organization and conference materials, correspondence, newsletters, press releases,
newspaper clippings, ephemera, lectures, miscellaneous academic papers, photographs, and videotapes. Other
materials concern to Women In Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER), other tradeswomen organizations,
women constructing the Century Freeway in Los Angeles, tradeswomen education and training apprenticeship
programs, and policies such as Affirmative Action for women.
Vivian Price has been the Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University Dominguez
Hills since 2005. She received her doctorate in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, in
2000. Chapters of her dissertation on affirmative action and community pressure in construction have been
published in Feminist Economics (2002) and in a collection of essays, Women in Construction
(Reed Publications, 2004). Her interest is in the humanistic study of gender and work, and has focused on the
history and contemporary lives of women in non-traditional jobs, especially in the Building Trades. In 1996, she
received a start-up grant and then, additionally, a production grant from the California Council of the
Humanities (CCH) to produce Hammering It Out, a documentary on the Century Freeway Women’s Employment Program
which has since been screened internationally. In 2008, she received another grant from the CCH to direct a
series of life-story interviews with tradeswomen; training youths from the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Center to
conduct the interviews and then edit these interviews into short films.
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.