Inland Empire Memories Initiative

Inland Empire Memories Initiative

The Inland Empire Memories Initiative identifies, preserves, makes available, and interprets the rich cultural legacies of the diverse communities of the Inland Empire.  It actively seeks out and acquires personal papers, organizational records, political files, and other documentary evidence that chronicles the lives and activities of the artists, authors, poets, cultural and social leaders, civil rights leaders, cultural organizations, political figures, religious leaders and business people from the many cultural groups that make up the rich tapestry of the Inland Empire. 

The collecting program emphasizes acquiring collections of individuals and organizations whose work has fundamentally shaped the lived experiences of the people living in the Inland from the 1700s onward with particular emphasis on the 20th Century onwards.  The collecting program particularly emphasizes documenting the lives of peoples and groups historically underrepresented in the historical record.

Advisory Board

The Inland Empire Memories initiative is guided by an advisory board comprised of faculty throughout the UC Riverside’s various academic divisions, including but not limited to the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the School of Public Policy, and the School of Medicine; members of the community;  a member of the UCR Library's staff; a UCR Librarian; and, a student representative from the UCR Ethnic and Gender Program Offices to be selected from a pool of nominated or self-nominated individuals.


  • Lazaro Cardenas, ASUCR Vice President of External Affairs, Student Representative
  • Dr. Carlos Cortes, Professor Emeritus of History
  • Dr. VP Franklin, Distinguished Professor of History
  • Dr. Catherine Gudis, Associate Professor of History, Director of Public History Program
  • Dr. Tiffany Lopez, Tomás Rivera Chair, UCR
  • Steven Mandeville-Gamble, University Librarian (ex officio)
  • Marion Mitchell-Wilson, Executive Director, Inlandia Institute
  • Kenneth E. Simons, Director, African Student Programs, UCR
  • Susan Straight, Professor of Creative Writing
  • Dr. Cliff Trafzer, Rupert Costo Chair

To be determined

  • One of the UCR librarians
  • One of the UCR Libraries staff


Key Staff

The Inland Empire Memories Initiative will be located within the Special Collections and University Archives of the UCR Library. 

  • Steven Mandeville-Gamble, University Librarian – provides overall policy guidance
  • Eric Milenkiewicz, Manuscripts Curator – manages the collections, assesses potential collections for historic research potential, negotiates in collaboration with Advisory Board members to acquire additional collections

Outreach and Educational Activities

The initiative includes related outreach and educational activities as part of the UCR Library's program, and in collaboration with other partners as appropriate. 


It is envisioned that the initiative will eventually provide paid fellowships for graduate students - funding permitting - in the fields of Library and Information Science, Public History, American History, and other appropriate fields to participate in the identification, acquisition, arrangement, description, and interpretation of these collections.


The initiative will produce exhibits related to the collections twice a year.  The exhibits will be curated by faculty, UCR Library staff, and students. 


Digitization and Digital Delivery of Content

The many collections that comprise the Inland Empire Memories Initiative will be prominently featured and available from the UCR Library's websites and social media outlets, national and international databases, and will form the core of the Library’s digital collections program.


Fundraising and Grant Writing

In consultation with the Advisory Board, staff members working on the IE Memories Initiative will seek extramural support from donors, friends, and other community members.  Further, the UCR Library will have an active program of seeking grants from appropriate federal, state, and private funding entities.


Existing Collections

The Special Collections and Archives Department of the UCR Library has already built significant collections in this area.  These collections will serve as anchors to bring in complementary collections as part of this initiative.

  1. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Eta Nu Omega Chapter records.  Eta Nu Omega is the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women.
  2. Clark (Gurthalee) collection on African American women in the United States military. Gurthalee Clark was an African American resident of Riverside who served in the U.S. Air Force.
  3. del Moral (Armando and Amelia) papers: Armando del Moral was a Spanish-language publicist for several Hollywood film companies; the Hollywood representative of the Mexican film actors union Asociación Nacional de Actores (ANDA); a contract negotiator for Mexican actors who took roles in Hollywood; the creator and editor of Cine-Grafica, the magazine covering the Latino entertainment industry in Los Angeles; the writer and producer of the 1950s Spanish-language soap opera Maria Elena; and one of the co-founders of the Golden Globe Awards.
  4. Festival de Flor y Canto photographs (Collection of) The Flor y Canto festival, established in 1973, featured Mexican American and Chicano poets and writers. 
  5. Hopkinson (Nalo) papers Nalo Hopkinson, a native of Jamaica and a Creative Writing professor at UCR, is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. Her works include Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, The New Moon’s Arms and Skin Folk.  
  6. Smith (Kay Berryhill) and Confer (Connie) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) collection: Kay Berryhill Smith and her partner Connie Confer, were civil rights and political activists for the Riverside Gay and Lesbian community.
  7. Michelsen (Ralph C.) papers research on various Native nations, including various Luiseño groups in southern California.
  8. Rivera (Tomas) Papers Tomás Rivera, chancellor of UC Riverside from 1979-1984, was the first minority chancellor in the University of California system. The archive comprises his literary manuscripts, civic and administrative papers
  9. Brown (George) Papers George E. Brown was the Democratic member of the United States House of Representative from 1963 to 1971 and from 1973 to 1999 representing Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties in California. The collection includes his personal papers and political archives, providing an in-depth information on his contributions to environmental protection, alternative energy, human rights, and education.
  10. Costo (Rupert and Jeannette) papers Rupert and Jeannette Costo were Native American scholars and civil rights activists. Rupert, a member of the Cahuilla nation, was born and educated in the Inland Empire. The collection comprises their correspondence, typescripts, original manuscripts, film photographs, artifacts and ephemera relevant to Native American history.
  11. Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian is the private research and reference collection
    of Native American scholars and civil rights  activists Rupert and Jeannette Costo. The collection, housed in its own reading room within Special Collections and University Archives, is open to the public.





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