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UC Riverside Receives Grant from Council on Library and Information Resources

Grant will support UCR Library collaboration with Sherman Indian Museum


January 27, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The University of California, Riverside, has been awarded a $376,191 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant, “Digitizing Special Collections and Archives,” by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support the project “The Sherman Indian Museum Digital Collection: Increasing Access to American Indian Off-Reservation Boarding School Archives.”

“It’s going to benefit people all over to be able to access these materials, and it will also to protect them so we won’t be using originals as research access,” said Cliff Trafzer, who holds the Rupert Costo Endowed Chair in American Indian Studies at UCR.

The project is in collaboration with the Sherman Indian Museum. The museum is part of what is now called the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside. In 1902, the federal government through the Office of Indian Affairs (Office of Indian Education) established Sherman Institute, an off-reservation American Indian boarding school aimed at assimilating Native American children by eradicating their culture and training them to become laborers and domestics. In 1970, Sherman Institute became Sherman Indian High School, an off-reservation federal Indian boarding school devoted to honoring native cultures while preparing American Indian teens for college and careers.

“Former Native American students of Sherman and their families will have easy access to documents and photographs, school newspapers and annuals. Native American people and families will be able to learn more about the lives of their loved ones. This will provide contemporary American Indians and scholars with images and voices of past generations of students, faculty, and staff at Sherman,” Trafzer said.

The proposal to digitize the collections at the museum was one of 17 selected from 144 applications for the grant. Trafzer and Eric Milenkiewicz, the manuscripts curator for Special Collections and University Archives at the UCR Library, are the principal investigators of the grant.

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About UC Riverside

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion. A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.


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