Water Resource Collections and Archives


About WRCA

About WRCA

Mission Statement - 2011

Water is essential to life. Comprehensive information about water is critical to empower informed decision making. The mission of the Water Resources Collections and Archives (WRCA) is to collect, organize and make accessible information about water in all its manifestations. The WRCA supports the scholarly and research needs of faculty, staff, students, and programs of the University of California and California State University systems. The WRCA also serves as a gateway to water information in support of water management decision-makers in both public and private sector agencies.

History of the WRCA

WRCA was established in 1958 as part of the University of California's Water Resources Center. The Center was founded in 1957 when the California Legislature passed a Senate Bill authorizing funds to the University of California. The Center was established to function as a University-wide organized research unit dealing with California’s water resources issues. In 1958, WRCA (then known as the Water Resources Center Archives) was established as part of the Center’s research mission. WRCA was designed as both a library and archives with a mission to preserve and make accessible unique technical information about all aspects of water in the West, nationally and internationally.

Gerry Giefer, the first librarian, was hired in 1959 and served as director until 1991. In the early years, Mr. Giefer traveled the state visiting engineering firms, water districts, federal, state and local agencies, consultants and individuals to explain WRCA’s mission. Unique technical reports started to arrive along with unpublished papers of renowned hydrologists, engineers and public officials who had worked throughout the West. In recent decades, the reports of non-governmental organizations have been added along with pertinent information about economics and public policy.

Today, the collection consists of more than 200,000 technical reports, 1,500 specialized newsletters, over 5,000 archival maps and hundreds of videos. In addition, WRCA manages over 200 manuscript collections, and has over 45,000 historic photographs and aerial photographs that document the history of water development in the West.

In January 2011, the Water Resources Collections and Archives (WRCA) was relocated from the UC Berkeley campus to the University of California, Riverside (UCR) campus in collaboration with the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) campus. The two universities will jointly manage WRCA’s collections in order to build a state-wide network to promote and provide access to water-related research. The network will increase support for the water research agendas of UC, CSU, and external clientele.

Taken from WRCA's Wikipedia Page

Contact Us


 Rare Print & Manuscript Collections
Special Collections & University Archives
Tomás Rivera Library, 4th floor
Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm

 Circulating Material
Orbach Science Library, 1st Floor
Library Hours
Reference Services

Last modified: 10/14/2015 11:49 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