Scope and Contents
California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
Title: Vivian Price Collection
Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2008.004
73 Linear Feet
(119 processed boxes; plus 9 unprocessed boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1970-2014
Date (bulk): 1990-1997
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.For digitized material related to all tradeswomen archives collections please consult
Tradeswomen Archives Project
Language of Material:
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.
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.
Following her initiative to start the Tradeswomen Archives project at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH),
Dr. Price has donated materials covering her career as an advocate for women's equal rights in the workforce in May and December
2008. CSUDH, located in the South Bay Area, is where Price has served as a faculty member since 2005.
Arranged in thirteen series:
- Series I. Tradeswomen Organizations and Related Groups (1969-2010, bulk 1990-1997)
- Series II. Century Freeway I-105 (1971-2001, bulk 1988)
- Series III. Career Development in the Trades (1990-2013, bulk 1993-1997)
- Series IV. Academic File (1992-2009)
- Series V. Video Productions and Other Media Projects (1991-2006)
- Series VI. Subject File (1991-2006)
- Series VII. Moving Images (1990s-2000)
- Series VIII. Audio Files (1979-1991)
- Series IX. Photographs (1970s-2007)
- Series X.Oversize Prints and Graphic Materials (1980s-2009)
- Series XI. Lesbian Feminist Newsletters (1993-1995)
- Series XII. Fouth World Conference on Women(September 1995)
- Series XIII. Personal (1982-2012)
For related collections please consult: Lynn Shaw Collection; Oregon Tradeswoman Collection; Pat Williams Collection; Madeline
Mixer Collection; Ronnie Sandler Collection; Kelly Baar Collection; Jane Templin Collection; and Molly Martin Collection.
For digitized material related to all tradeswomen archives collections please consult the
Tradeswomen Archives Project
Scope and Contents
The papers and audiovisual materials comprising the Vivian Price collection (ca. 1970-2014, bulk 1990-1997) document her career
as an advocate for women's rights in the trades' workforce.
The collection is primarily composed of legal documents, business letters, union records, and training and educational materials
depicting Dr. Price's affiliations and contributions to various tradeswomen organizations. They also reflect her active participation
in the promotion and awareness of gender related issues in the workplace and educational system. Organizational papers primarily
document the activities of these trades organizations and unions such as: WINTER, the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers (IBEW), and Electric Women. They also document their liaisons with the US Labor Department Bureau and other related
organizations. Also included are relevant Women In Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER) records created in the course
of its foundation, administration, and management during the 1995-1997 period. Additionally, a wealth of records depicts the
activities and history of the IBEW and support groups such as Electric Women and the Southern California Tradeswomen Network
Research papers and audiovisual materials document the role women played in building California's I-105 Century Freeway (1982
- mid.1990s), unions, homosexuality in the military, and other topics. The Century Freeway papers include administrative and
legal records within the Century Freeway files noting lawsuits and legislation directly affecting women's labor conditions
as well as equal opportunity employment for women within the freeway construction process.
Research and academic records also illustrate Dr. Price's track record towards affirmative action, the roles played by women
in the construction industry nationally, and the promotion of diversity within these non-traditional roles. Many of these
issues have been translated into films such as In My Own Words ; Against All Odds , the story of the first African-American
journey-woman in the Los Angeles electrician's union, and Gender in the Global Construction Site, which was developed for
the 1994 Beijing Women's Conference (United Nations, 1995). Records from the Fourth World Conference on Women center on Vivian's
involvement with the conference as an attendee, speaker, and documentarian.
The reference subject file gathers publications, pamphlets, articles, and newspapers clippings covering several themes including:
affirmative action, women apprenticeship programs, sexual harassment, safety and health in the workplace, civil and workers'
rights, gender films, political science, LGBT issues, women's studies, feminism, unions and labor relations. The collection
also includes a selection of rare Lesbian/Feminist newsletters from Long Beach, California.
Formats include organizational records, legal records, flyers, promotional materials, scholarly articles, academic papers,
newsletters and other publications, newspaper clippings, books, correspondence, receipts and financial documents, photographs,
film negatives, VHS tapes, U-Matic cassettes, audio cassette tapes, and Mini Digital Cassette tapes.
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
Since the 1990's, Dr. Price has been actively working to facilitate a greater representation of skilled women in the trades.
This effort has been facilitated through education networking, training, and her active membership in the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Southern California Tradeswomen Network (SCTN). In 1992 Dr. Price was elected office
at the IBEW local 11, and and under the IBEW's jurisdiction, collaborated with Electric Women where she served as secretary
throughout the 1990s. She also documented the history and activities of the IBEW for their century anniversary (Our History,
Our Future: History of the IBEW 1891-1991), and her role in the inception of WINTER can be traced back to 1994. Along with
being a founding member, Dr. Price held a position on the Board of Directors and developed its official newsletter (Non-Trad.
News). Moreover, Dr. Price continues to actively pursue grants for training and educational initiatives, provides advisory
work, and has collaborated with outreach projects at LAUSD and Long Beach City College, among other institutions. These activities
are designed to promote an awareness of gender related discriminatory issues in both the workplace and the educational system.
Some of these include proper education and training in sexual harassment prevention and racial discrimination as well as how
to monitor relevant laws and propositions.
In 2007, Dr. Price initiated the Tradeswomen archives project at the CSUDH Archives and Special Collections Department.
Collection processed by Veronica D'Aquino, 2009; Karen Clemons, 2014; Summer Espinoza, 2014; and Kendall Hinesley, 2015.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Affirmative action programs -- California
Apprenticeship programs -- United States
Building trades -- California
Building trades -- Asia
Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- United States
Diversity in the workplace
Occupational training for women -- United States
Sex discrimination in employment
Sex role and globalization
Women -- Employment
Women in the labor movement -- California
Labor union members -- United States
Labor union members -- United States -- Interviews
Labor laws and legislation -- California
City of Kansas (Mo.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Long Beach (Calif.)
New Orleans (La.)
New York (N.Y.)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Doro, Sue, 1937-
Shaw, Lynn Judith
Apprenticeship and Non Traditional Employment for Women
Boston Tradeswomen's Network
Century Freeway Affirmative Action Committee Inc. (Calif.)
Century Housing Corporation (Calif.)
Chicago Women in Trades
Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 11 (Calif.)
International Union of Operating Engineers. Local 501
Los Angeles (Calif.). Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Metropolitan Plumbers
Los Angeles Unified School District
Sisters in the Brotherhood
Southern California Tradeswomen Network
United States. Department of Labor
Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER)