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University of California, Merced (Merced, CA 95344-0039)
Emily Lin (Project Director: May 2021 to present)

ARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)
Agency-wide Projects

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$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2022

Regional Archives for California's Central Valley

The retention of four positions to process two archival collections plus an additional 4,000 photographs within the California Agricultural Resources Archive that document the rural counties located at the north end of California’s Central Valley. 

As a cornerstone collection for establishing a regional archives at the University of California, Merced, the California Agricultural Resources Archive preserves and provides access to significant documents, photographs, and audiovisual material spanning the 100-year history of Cooperative Extension in California. These collections document the development of rural communities and the evolution of the American landscape in one of the most productive agricultural regions on the globe. American Rescue Plan funds will sustain essential staff to steward and support access to collections—specifically from counties recently impacted by severe wildfire—and to conduct outreach and instructional activities that will engage faculty, students, local educators, and the broader public. These activities are integral to advancing humanistic scholarship and public humanities in a historically underserved region that remains the slowest in the state to recover from COVID-19.