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Women on the Waterfront Oral History Project Collection, 1992-2005

Collection Overview

Title: Women on the Waterfront Oral History Project Collection, 1992-2005

Predominant Dates:1992-1997

ID: URB/WOWOH

Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library

Extent: 1.6 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Audio Recordings, 1992-1997

Series II: Transcripts, 2005

Languages: English [eng]

Abstract

The oral history interviews of female ILWU members were conducted between the years 1993 and 1997 as part of the ILWU, Local 13 "Women on the Waterfront" Oral History Project. They were conducted as a continuation of the ILWU Oral History Project which documented the stories of the union's workforce who labored on the docks of the Southern California Waterfront between the 1930s and 1960s. After the "1982 Golden et al. Consent Decree" more and more women came to work on the West Coast docks. These oral histories began to tell the story of waterfront from a female perspective.

Biographical Note

The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Women of the Waterfront Oral History Project Collection consists of oral history interviews of female ILWU members conducted between the years 1993 and 1997 as part of the ILWU, Local 13 "Women on the Waterfront" Oral History Project. They were conducted as a continuation of the ILWU Oral History Project which documented the stories of the union’s workforce who labored on the docks of the Southern California Waterfront between the 1930s and 1960s. After the "1982 Golden et al. Consent Decree" more and more women came to work on the West Coast docks. These oral histories began to tell the story of waterfront from a female perspective.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Nancy Fernandez and several of her students from the CSUN History Department, in cooperation with the Urban Archives Center, undertook the "Women on the Waterfront" project to collect the personal stories of the women who worked the docks alongside the men, as well as those women who worked for the union as secretarial workers. Members of the ILWU Ladies Auxiliary, Local 8 were also asked to participate in the oral history project.

Some of the issues touched upon in these oral histories include family life of the women laborers, sexual and racial discrimination on the docks, the yearly picnic commemorating the "Bloody Thursday" strikes of 1934 and the Modernization and Mechanization Agreement which brought more women to work on the waterfront. In 1995, the Urban Archives Center was awarded a generous grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust to continue work on the "Women on the Waterfront" project. Final accessioning and transcription of this oral history project was completed in November 2005.

The collection is divided into two series, Audio Recordings (1992-1997) and Transcripts (2005).

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Jessica Geiser, 2014


Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Audio Recordings, 1992-1997Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Item 1: Benson, Gertha - Legal Secretary for George Shibley, ILWU Local 13 Legal Counsel, Part 1, 1992 October 15Save to your list.
Item 2: Benson, Gertha - Legal Secretary for George Shibley, ILWU Local 13 Legal Counsel, Part 2, 1992 October 15Save to your list.
Item 3: Chandler, Peggy - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, 1993 January 14Save to your list.
Item 4: Cummings, Jackie - ILWU-PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) Alcoholism and Drug Treatment and Recovery Program, Part 1, 1995 August 22Save to your list.
Item 5: Cummings, Jackie - ILWU-PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) Alcoholism and Drug Treatment and Recovery Program, Part 2, 1995 August 22Save to your list.
Item 6: Dacquisto, Cynthia - ILWU, Local 13, 1993 June 8Save to your list.
Item 7: Daley, Edna - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1993 November 16Save to your list.
Item 8: Daley, Edna - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1993 November 16Save to your list.
Item 9: Grassi, Frances R. - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, Part 1, 1993 January 28Save to your list.
Item 10: Grassi, Frances R. - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, Part 2, 1993 January 28Save to your list.
Item 11: Gray, Lois L. - ILWU Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, Part 1, 1995 July 21Save to your list.
Item 12: Gray, Lois L. - ILWU Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, Part 2, 1995 July 21Save to your list.
Item 13: Hoffman, Carole - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1996 May 26Save to your list.
Item 14: Hoffman, Carole - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1996 May 26Save to your list.
Item 15: Hummel, Lynn - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1996 November 4Save to your list.
Item 16: Hummel, Lynn - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1996 November 4Save to your list.
Item 17: Hummel, Lynn - ILWU, Local 13, Part 3, 1996 November 4Save to your list.
Item 18: Hummel, Lynn - ILWU, Local 13, Part 4, 1996 November 4Save to your list.
Item 19: Kaunisto, Helen E. - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, 1993 March 4Save to your list.
Item 20: Luse, Andrea - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1996 June 9Save to your list.
Item 21: Luse, Andrea - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1996 June 9Save to your list.
Item 22: Maynez, Cathy (Moore) - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1996 September 30Save to your list.
Item 23: Maynez, Cathy (Moore) - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1996 September 30Save to your list.
Item 24: Miller-Cibel, Linda - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1993 January 23Save to your list.
Item 25: Miller-Cibel, Linda - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1993 January 23Save to your list.
Item 26: Monje, Patricia - ILWU, Local 13, 1997 January 8Save to your list.
Item 27: Quadres, Katie - ILWU, Local 8 Ladies Auxiliary, 1993 January 14Save to your list.
Item 28: Rivera, Esther - ILWU, Local 13 Secretary, 1993 January 20Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Item 1: Rosas, Diana - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1997 February 3Save to your list.
Item 2: Rosas, Diana - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1997 February 3Save to your list.
Item 3: Vogt, Kristi - ILWU, Local 13, Part 1, 1993 November 11Save to your list.
Item 4: Vogt, Kristi - ILWU, Local 13, Part 2, 1993 November 11Save to your list.
Item 5: Vogt, Kristi - ILWU, Local 13, Part 3, 1993 November 11Save to your list.
Item 6: Vogt, Kristi - ILWU, Local 13, Part 4, 1993 November 11Save to your list.
Series II: Transcripts, 2005Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Benson, GerthaSave to your list.
Folder 2: Chandler, PeggySave to your list.
Folder 3: Cummings, JackieSave to your list.
Folder 4: Dacquisto, CynthiaSave to your list.
Folder 5: Daley, EdnaSave to your list.
Folder 6: Grassi, Frances R.Save to your list.
Folder 7: Gray, Lois L.Save to your list.
Folder 8: Hoffman, CaroleSave to your list.
Folder 9: Hummel, LynnSave to your list.
Folder 10: Kaunisto, Helen E.Save to your list.
Folder 11: Luse, AndreaSave to your list.
Folder 12: Maynez, Cathy (Moore)Save to your list.
Folder 13: Miller-Cibel, LindaSave to your list.
Folder 14: Monje, PatriciaSave to your list.
Folder 15: Quadres, KatieSave to your list.
Folder 16: Rivera, EstherSave to your list.
Folder 17: Rosas, DianaSave to your list.
Folder 18: Vogt, KristiSave to your list.