A People’s History of the Inland Empire Digital Archive


About the Archive


A People’s History of the I.E.: Storyscapes of Race, Place, and Queer Space in Southern California is a digital archive and mapping platform that documents, preserves, and spatially locates information about the experiences of working people in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The archive includes digitized audio and video oral history interviews; photographs; and other printed materials. We are a grassroots effort to identify, document, transcription and archival processing; and mapping sites and stories that connect people to place, historically. These digital resources will be made publicly accessible through an open-source, Omeka web-publishing platform hosted by University of California, Riverside, and through ArcGIS StoryMaps hosted by University of Redlands. Portions may also be used for K-12 lesson plans, exhibitions, and other digital platforms.

A People’s History also works in partnership to organize oral histories and digitized materials with California State University, San Bernardino, and the Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation’s “Bridges That Carried Us Over Project: Documenting Black History in the Inland Empire”; Inland Mexican Heritage; Loma Linda Area Parks and Historical Society; People’s Collective for Environmental Justice; Relevancy & History Project; Riverside County Mexican American Historical Society; A. K. Smiley Public Library, Redlands. ​​

A People’s History of the I.E. is organized by Drs. Catherine Gudis, Audrey Maier, and Jennifer Tilton alongside countless community members and students.

Support for mapping and digital archiving of A People’s History is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities-Social Science Research Council Sustaining Humanities Infrastructure Project, University of Redlands Center for Spatial Studies, and UCR Library’s Digital Scholarship. Additionally, partners listed above have contributed in-kind and other grant-funded assistance to facilitate our collaborations.