The mission of Inland Empire Memories is to identify, preserve, interpret, and share
the rich cultural legacies of the Inland Empire’s diverse communities.


Inland Empire Memories is an alliance of libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations dedicated to identifying, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the rich cultural legacies of diverse communities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, a geographical region also known as Inland Southern California. The initiative seeks to increase access to the primary records of individuals and organizations whose work fundamentally shaped the lived experiences of the people in Inland Southern California. A particular emphasis will be placed on those materials that document the lives of peoples and groups underrepresented in the historical record.

Primary Objectives

  1. Increase the visibility and accessibility of collections that document the history and culture of Inland Southern California.
  2. Collaboratively explore resource sharing and funding opportunities as a means to support the preservation, accessibility, and dissemination of knowledge about collections.
  3. Develop tools and implement collaborative projects and programs that allow members to effectively create, share, and promote digital collections.
  4. Build relationships with information seekers, research communities, and regional and national stakeholders that facilitate a community of sharing, making it easier for individuals to discover the history and culture of Inland Southern California.


The Inland Empire Memories project is ongoing and we are in the process of building a new website.