Central Valley Archive Project


Beyond the Fields: Untold Stories of Civil Rights and Social Justice in California’s Central Valley” was a project funded by California Humanities “Community Stories” program between 2015-2017.  A partnership with Bakersfield College, the project began a process by which to record and preserve cultural and historical memories associated with the diverse civil rights and social justice past of greater Bakersfield and Kern County. The preservation method is primarily through digitization and oral history. The project directors, Dr. Oliver Rosales (Professor of History, Bakersfield College) and Chris Livingston (Archivist, CSU Bakersfield) are especially interested in building the archive dealing with topics of Bakersfield’s diverse ethnic and racial past, stories about and beyond the farm worker movement, and stories and records related to diverse struggles for equality.  Both Bakersfield College and CSU Bakersfield are committed to preserving our region’s diverse and multicultural past.  If you have any questions about using the archive, or how to contribute materials of interest, please contact the project directors at:
Oliver A. Rosales, Professor of History & Faculty Coordinator, Bakersfield College
661-395-4033 (Office); orosales@bakersfieldcollege.edu
Chris Livingston, Director – Historical Research Center, CSU, Bakersfield


The Collections

Oral History Photographs
Conference Documents

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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.