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1986-2000 (Bulk 1998-2000)

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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)

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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

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