Water Resource Collections and Archives


Support for the WRCA

Support for the WRCA

There are many ways to help WRCA maintain its status as the country’s premier library devoted to water resources. With your support WRCA will continue to provide the historic and current information that contributes to informed decisions about water allocation and use -- just as it has for the past 50 years. Your contributions help us to sustain this work while expanding the library’s collections and outreach. WRCA welcomes tax-deductible monetary gifts, bequests, and donations of materials.

WRCA welcomes contributions from institutional and individual donors. All donations are tax-deductible.

Please contact specialcollections@ucr.edu to discuss giving opportunities.

Donating Materials

WRCA welcomes donations of appropriate historic and contemporary materials related to water issues in California and the West. We actively seek books, reports, manuscripts, directories, journals, photographs, maps, atlases, and videos on all aspects of water resources development and use.

Potential donors include water and irrigation districts, engineers, consulting firms, lawyers specializing in water issues, authors, and environmental organizations. WRCA also seeks unpublished materials such as correspondence, minutes, and legal records that document an organization's history. For example, the Mono Lake Committee donated papers it compiled during its fight to Save Mono Lake.

Recent donations include:

  1. The Robert L. Wiegel Coastal Collection

Past Donations Include:

  1. The American Rivers collection of technical and legal materials relating to river restoration and the removal of dams. The nine cartons of published and organizational documents include information about dams across the United States and endangered rivers. These materials have been added to the Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information and also are searchable in the library catalog.
  2. The Tulare Litigation Exhibits Collection, consisting of trial exhibits from the 2001 case Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District v. United States. Irrigators in the district sued the government after the Bureau of Reclamation shut down water deliveries in order to protect endangered fish. The court ruled that the government could protect the fish but that irrigation contracts required it to pay the district for the water it took.
  3. The Dividing the Waters Collection (1993 - ongoing), consisting of legal and otherwise relevant materials related to western water adjudications and other complex water litigation. A collection guide is available online.

Financial Donations

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Friends of the WRCA

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Current Collections Funds

Past Memorial Funds

Last modified: 12/29/2015 9:30 AM by E. Milenkiewicz

UCR Contact Information

Water Resources Collections and Archives
Tomás Rivera Library, 4th Floor
PO Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, CA 92517-5900

Tel: 951-827-3233    Fax: 951-827-4673    email Email

CSUSB Contact Information

Water Resources Institute, CSUSB
Boykin Witherspoon III, Institute Director
California State University, San Bernardino
PL-401 5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino CA 92407-2318

Tel: 909-537-3685    email Email