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)
  • Kenneth E. Simons, Director, African Student Programs, UCR
  • Susan Straight, Professor of Creative Writing
  • Dr. Cliff Trafzer, Rupert Costo Chair


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 manuscript collections, assesses potential collections for historic research potential, negotiates in collaboration with Advisory Board members to acquire additional collections
  • Bergis Jules, University Archivist and Political Papers Archivist - manages the archival 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. 



Last modified: 12/20/2015 9:31 PM by S. Mandeville-Gamble

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