Char Miller

We acknowledge our presence on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Tongva/Gabrielino people, particularly on the village of Torojoatngna (now called Claremont, California). And because of their extraordinary impact on students, faculty, and staff of the Claremont Colleges, as well as the larger region, we are honored to dedicate this collection of essays to the late Julia Bogany (1948-2021) and Barbara Drake (1940-2020), a pair of dynamic and generous Tongva elders.

This project, and the Western Water Archives of which it is now a part, has received considerable financial support from the Council for Library and Information Resources and the Mellon Foundation’s Collection as Data initiative. We are also grateful to colleagues in The Claremont Colleges Library (TCCL), including Janet Bishop, the A.J.McFadden Dean of The Claremont Colleges Library; Carrie Marsh, Director of Special Collections and Libraries; the symposium planning committee members: Kimberly Jackson (TCCL), Steve Kutay (CSUN), Jeanine Finn (TCCL), Catalina Lopez (TCCL), Lisa Crane (TCCL), and Char Miller (Pomona College). Considerable technical support was provided by Stephanie Gallo, Library Webmaster, and Stacy Martinez, Zoom maven. Jennifer Beamer, the Scholarly Communications and Open Publishing Coordinator at The Claremont Colleges Library and Myles Mikulic of Claremont Graduate University and the Library have been indispensable to this book’s production. With many thanks to Judi Lipsett for the cover design.

We owe special thanks to our speakers for their energetic talks and their willingness to convert them into publishable essays. Individually and collectively, the papers gathered here attest to the depth and richness of the Western Water Archives, and how much fun it is to surface its stories—past, present, and future.


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