Guide to the Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection

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Guide to the Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection

Collection number: MSS-2010-05-11



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives


Finding aid funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processed by:
Elizabeth Lopez
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
Elizabeth Lopez
© 2010 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection
Dates: 1986-2000
Bulk Dates: 1998-2000
Collection number: MSS-2010-05-11
Creator: Matthews, Glenna
Collection Size: 4 custom boxes, 2.29 linear feet
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection, 1986-2000 (bulk 1998-2000), consists of thirty-seven oral history interviews and transcriptions. Historian, Glenna Matthews, conducted these interviews as part of the research for her book, Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century (2003). Matthews' study originated from her dissertation, which she completed at Stanford in the 1970s. She extended her original research on Santa Clara County in the Great Depression to include the transformation of the "Valley of the Hearts Delight"-reflecting the agricultural roots of the region-to become known as the "Silicon Valley," from mid-century to the present. The focus of this work is on the social and economic history of the region, with a specific focus on women workers. She documented the workforce during the agricultural hey-day through the modern era of high-tech industries. The book and the oral interviews demonstrate how poor and immigrant women have shouldered the work production, while making the lowest wages. Moreover, the oral histories provide primary sources that document the diverse experiences of individuals living in this region, while providing the historical context for understanding the sweeping changes that produced the Silicon Valley. The collection consists of audio cassette tapes, transcriptions, and select release forms from the interviewers. The interviews include: Bacon, David; Batchet, Robert; Brownstein, Bob; Caleb, Ambrosio; Case, John; Ching, Vicky Kwon; Coates, Karen; Cruz, Jose; Cuffman, Rebecca; Dean, Amy; Farrell, Terry; Ferri, Dora Peregrina; Ficarotta, I.G.; Goddard, Joan, Hawes, Amanda; Henley, Albert; La Barbera, Joe; Lamborn, Patricia; Lofgren, Zoe; Manan, Romie; Mar, Warren; Marshall, Rachel; McCaffrey, Mercedes; McCrorey, Dee; Mendacci, Norma; Naslund, Leila; Newell, Amy; Payne, Perley; Perea, Theresa; Phan, Lien; Powell, Deborah; Rocha, L.H.; Ruffo, Al; Sanchez, Sig; Sawicky, Ed; Shope, Claudia; Smith, Arlene; Smith, Ted; Wakefield, Barbara; Wilson, Susanne; Woods, Pat; Zimmerman, Marlene ;. This collection is arranged into a single series: Series I. The Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection, 1986-2000 (bulk 1998-2000).
Physical location: Vault 2, Range 2B
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives 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 reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection, MSS-2010-05-11, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Elizabeth Lopez. Finding aid EAD encoded by Elizabeth Lopez. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

Project History

Dr. Glenna Matthews, historian, received her B.A. from San José State University in 1969 and in 1977 she received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Matthews is the author of several books on the history of U.S. women. Among her major publications are Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century (2003), Rise of Public Woman: Woman's Power and Woman's Place, 1630-1970 (1992), and "Just a Housewife" : The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America (1987). Matthews has worked as an associate professor at Oklahoma State University and a visiting associate professor at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles. In addition, Matthews also served as the principal consultant for an award-winning documentary about historian Angie Debo.

Bibliography

Matthews, Glenna. Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, Opportunity in the Twentieth Century (Stanford University Press, 1997).

Related Material

Bay Area Second Wave Feminist Oral History Project, MSS-2006-06-30, San José State University Archives Collection.
Diana McKenna Papers. San José State University Archives Collection. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt767nc8vv 
Janet Gray Hayes Papers. San José State University Archives Collection. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt4v19r0fx 
Susan Hammer Papers. San José State University Archives Collection. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt6r29r199 

Scope and Content

The Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection, 1986-2000 (bulk 1998-2000), consists of thirty-seven oral history interviews and transcriptions. Historian, Glenna Matthews, conducted these interviews as part of the research for her book, Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century (2003). Matthews' study originated from her dissertation, which she completed at Stanford in the 1970s. She extended her original research on Santa Clara County in the Great Depression to include the transformation of the "Valley of the Hearts Delight"-reflecting the agricultural roots of the region-to become known as the "Silicon Valley," from mid-century to the present. The focus of this work is on the social and economic history of the region, with a specific focus on women workers. She documented the workforce during the agricultural hey-day through the modern era of high-tech industries. The book and the oral interviews demonstrate how poor and immigrant women have shouldered the work production, while making the lowest wages. Moreover, the oral histories provide primary sources that document the diverse experiences of individuals living in this region, while providing the historical context for understanding the sweeping changes that produced the Silicon Valley.
The collection consists of audio cassette tapes, transcriptions, and select release forms from the interviewers. The interviews include: Bacon, David; Batchet, Robert; Brownstein, Bob; Caleb, Ambrosio; Case, John; Ching, Vicky Kwon; Coates, Karen; Cruz, Jose; Cuffman, Rebecca; Dean, Amy; Farrell, Terry; Ferri, Dora Peregrina; Ficarotta, I.G.; Goddard, Joan, Hawes, Amanda; Henley, Albert; La Barbera, Joe; Lamborn, Patricia; Lofgren, Zoe; Manan, Romie; Mar, Warren; Marshall, Rachel; McCaffrey, Mercedes; McCrorey, Dee; Mendacci, Norma; Naslund, Leila; Newell, Amy; Payne, Perley; Perea, Theresa; Phan, Lien; Powell, Deborah; Rocha, L.H.; Ruffo, Al; Sanchez, Sig; Sawicky, Ed; Shope, Claudia; Smith, Arlene; Smith, Ted; Wakefield, Barbara; Wilson, Susanne; Woods, Pat; Zimmerman, Marlene ;.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into a single series: Series I. The Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection, 1986-2000 (bulk 1998-2000).

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Matthews, Glenna
Agriculture -- California -- Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County) -- History
California -- Santa Clara Valley -- Politics and Government
Women in technology -- California -- Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County)
Women computer industry employees -- California -- Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County)
Women -- Political activity -- California
Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.) -- Politics and government


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  The Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection, 1986-2000 (bulk 1998-2000)

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

In Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century, Matthews focused on gender, race, and class to examine the development of the Silicon Valley's labor history. The oral histories in the collection document the experiences of fruit-cannery workers, high-tech industry workers, union organizers, and a number of female politicians that formed part of the "Feminist Capital" period of politics in the Silicon Valley.
The collection consists of audio cassette tapes, transcriptions, and select release forms from the interviewers. The interviews include: Bacon, David; Batchet, Robert; Brownstein, Bob; Caleb, Ambrosio; Case, John; Ching, Vicky Kwon; Coates, Karen; Cruz, Jose; Cuffman, Rebecca; Dean, Amy; Farrell, Terry; Ferri, Dora Peregrina; Ficarotta, I.G.; Goddard, Joan, Hawes, Amanda; Henley, Albert; La Barbera, Joe; Lamborn, Patricia; Lofgren, Zoe; Manan, Romie; Mar, Warren; Marshall, Rachel; McCaffrey, Mercedes; McCrorey, Dee; Mendacci, Norma; Naslund, Leila; Newell, Amy; Payne, Perley; Perea, Theresa; Phan, Lien; Powell, Deborah; Rocha, L.H.; Ruffo, Al; Sanchez, Sig; Sawicky, Ed; Shope, Claudia; Smith, Arlene; Smith, Ted; Wakefield, Barbara; Wilson, Susanne; Woods, Pat; Zimmerman, Marlene ;.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by last name.
Box 1

Transcriptions: Bacon - Lofgren, 1986-2000

Box 2

Audio Cassette Tapes: Bacon - Lofgren, 2006-2008

Box 3

Audio Cassette Tapes: Manan - Zimmerman, 2006-2008

Box 4

Transcriptions: Manan - Zimmerman, Release forms, 2006-2008