UC Riverside Receives Grant from Council on Library and Information Resources

From UCR Today

” 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.”