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Pat Williams Collection

Identifier: SPC-1900-031

Scope and Contents

The Pat Williams collection (1980s-2013, undated; bulk 2002-2012) contains correspondence, clippings, newsletters, brochures, flyers, pamphlets, t-shirts, stickers, and other materials relating to Williams’ academic and professional career as a union operating engineer. The bulk of the material pertains to items collected during Pat Williams’ time as a member and Vice-President of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 501, as well as items collected due to Williams’ involvement and participation within Southern California and national tradeswomen organizations, conferences, and events. Other materials included in this collection include items pertaining to career development and education for women in the trades including information regarding training and apprenticeship programs. The Personal File series contains certificates, awards, credentials, notes, correspondence, and ephemera pertaining to Pat Williams’ career as an operating engineer. The Labor Union series contains magazines, newsletters, brochures, buttons, pins, stickers, flyers, programs, and other documents regarding unions for trade occupations. The Tradeswomen Organizations and Related Groups series contains calendars, event programs, invitations, and newsletters collected from tradeswomen support groups and other closely related organizations. The Tradeswomen Related Publications series contains newspapers, newsletters, and magazines collected by Pat Williams because of their importance to tradeswomen news and advocacy. The Events, Conferences, and Workshops series contains brochures, conference programs, workshop lists, videos, and photographs regarding tradeswomen related events, conferences, and workshops. The Career Development in the Trades series contains brochures, guides, flyers, and other documents that provide information regarding apprentice, training and education programs for women. The Subject File series contains pamphlets, flyers, clippings, brochures, and other documents collected because they either relate to or may be of interest to women in trades. The Media series contains photographs, audio files, and videocassettes that focus on topics regarding apprenticeship and training programs, tradeswomen working on job sites, and other resources for women in the trades. The Ephemera series contains t-shirts, bandanas, hats, and pencils collected from various trade and union organizations.


  • 1980s-2013; undated



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.


2 Linear Feet (7 processed boxes; plus additional unprocessed boxes)

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This collection documents the academic and professional life of Pat Williams- a union operating engineer. Also an advocate for women in trades, Williams has participated in the labor and non-traditional women’s occupation movement in Southern California. Materials in this collection include: correspondence, personal papers, materials related to International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), newsletters, magazines, and other documents collected from trades unions, and tradeswomen and related organizations, materials concerning career development including apprenticeship programs, materials regarding events and conferences, photographs, videocassettes, and ephemera such as stickers, t-shirts, pencils, and hats. The bulk of the materials in this collection relate to Pat Williams’ involvement within IUOE Local 501. For digitized material related to all tradeswomen archives collections please consult the Tradeswomen Archives Project.


This collection is arranged into nine series:
  1. Series I: Personal File, 1983-2010; undated
  2. Series II: Labor Unions, 1999-2013, undated; bulk 2002-2011
  3. Series III: Tradeswomen and Related Organizations, 1994-2014, undated; bulk 2007-2012
  4. Series IV: Tradeswomen Related Publications, 1999-2012
  5. Series V: Events, Conferences, and Workshops, 2001-2013, undated; bulk 2007-2012
  6. Series VI: Career Development in the Trades, 1998-2006, undated
  7. Series VII: Subject File, 1979-2011, undated
  8. Series VIII: Media, 1980s-2005, undated
  9. Series IX: Ephemera, 2000-2012, undated

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In support of the Tradeswomen Archives project at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) initiated by Dr. Vivian Price, Pat Williams donated material that documents her career and academic achievements as an electrician and member of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 501 , as well as her interest and advocacy for women in trades.

Related Materials

For related collections please consult: Lynn Shaw Collection; Oregon Tradeswoman Collection; Vivian Price 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.
Inventory of the Pat Williams Collection
circa 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747