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Madeline Mixer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SPC-2016-005

Scope and Content

This collection documents the contributions and achievements of Madeline Mixer, a former director of Region IX of the United States Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau. Through Mixer’s involvement with the Women’s Bureau as well as tradeswomen and labor organizations such as Tradeswomen, Inc., Mixer advocated for non-traditional occupations, education, and training for women. Materials include: documents regarding California construction projects such as the Cypress Replacement Project and Oakland Federal Project, papers, reports, newsletters, and statistics related to the United States Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, meeting minutes and agendas, clippings, newsletters, reports, and statistics regarding apprenticeship, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and women in the workforce. Also included are articles, newsletters, magazines, and other documents related to tradeswomen organizations such as Tradeswomen Inc., Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER), and Sacramento Tradeswomen, as well as career resources such as listings, flyers, and brochures for job opportunities, conferences, workshops, seminars, and materials related to apprenticeship, vocational, and mentorship programs for women in the trades.

Dates

  • 1953-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1986-1999

Creator

Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

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.

Biography

Madeline Mixer has been an advocate for women employed in trades’ careers since the early 1970s, through her dedication and support of organizations and opportunities for tradeswomen. As a former director for the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau Region IX (San Francisco), Mixer worked to increase opportunities for women in the workforce, and to promote non-traditional and skilled trades work for women. During her time at the Women’s Bureau, Mixer worked to increase goals for women when it came to federal and state apprenticeship standards through the implementation of training and education programs. In 1979, Mixer co-founded Tradeswomen, Inc., which was one of California’s first organizations for women in the trades. In 1989, Tradeswomen Inc. created a quarterly magazine entitled, Tradeswomen Magazine that includes articles with topics such as networking, safety, affirmative action, and employment discrimination. Mixer was also involved in the publishing of Pride and a Paycheck, a tradeswomen support newsletter and guide to blue collar jobs that has content created and written by women in the trades.

Extent

20 boxes

8.34 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection documents the contributions and achievements of Madeline Mixer, a former director of Region IX of the United States Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau in regards to creating equal employment opportunities, training, and education for women working in trades’ professions. Materials include: documents regarding California construction projects such as the Cypress Replacement Project and Oakland Federal Project, papers, reports, newsletters, and statistics related to the United States Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, meeting minutes and agendas, clippings, newsletters, reports, and statistics regarding apprenticeship, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and women in the workforce. Also included are articles, newsletters, magazines, and other documents related to tradeswomen organizations such as Tradeswomen Inc., Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER), and Sacramento Tradeswomen, as well as career resources such as listings, flyers, and brochures for job opportunities, conferences, workshops, seminars, and materials related to apprenticeship, vocational, and mentorship programs for women in the trades. For digitized material related to all tradeswomen archives collections please consult the Tradeswomen Archives Project.

Arrangement

Arranged in eight series:
  1. Series I. United States Government Departments Papers, 1961-2007; bulk 1989-1994
  2. Subseries a. Apprenticeship, 1980-2005
  3. Subseries b. Vocational Education, 1984-1994
  4. Subseries c. Mentorship and Job Opportunities, 1982-2002
  5. Subseries d. Conferences, Workshops, and Events, 1964-2005
  6. Series II. State of California: Construction Projects and Organizations related to Trades 1962-2008; bulk 1988-1996
  7. Series III. Career Development in the Trades, 1964-2012; bulk 1984-1994
  8. Subseries a. Apprenticeship, 1980-2005
  9. Subseries b. Vocational Education, 1984-1994
  10. Subseries c. Mentorship and Job Opportunities, 1982-2002
  11. Subseries d. Conferences, Workshops, and Events, 1964-2005
  12. Series IV. Tradeswomen Organizations and Related Groups, 1971-2010; bulk 1987-1996
  13. Series V. Education, 1986-2008
  14. Series VI. Subject File, 1954-2007; bulk 1987-1999
  15. Series VII. Newsletters, Magazines, Reports, 1953-2015; bulk 1987-2005
  16. Series VIII. Personal Papers, 1987-2009

Acquisition Information

Donated by Pat Williams as part of the Tradeswomen Archives project at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

Related Material

The Madeline Mixer Collection is part of the Tradeswomen Archives Project, which was initiated by CSU Dominguez Hills faculty member Dr. Vivian Price and the CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections. The Project includes the Lynn Shaw Collection; Oregon Tradeswoman Collection; Pat Williams Collection; Vivian Price 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.

Processing Information

Processing started by Anasylvia Torres in 2016 and completed by Karen Clemons in 2017.
Title
Inventory of the Madeline Mixer Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Clemons
Date
©2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

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