The Digitizing Southern California Water Resources project, also known as the CLIRWater project, is a collaborative digitization and preservation project. The project aims to digitize and democratize Southern California’s water history to pave new avenues for research. Archival collections from seven partner institutions are now available in a central location. These collections originate from a variety of sources, such as federal, state and local governments, water companies, local agencies, engineers and other individuals involved in water resources development in the Southern California region.

The collaboration forms a regional network of Southern California private and public institutions that demonstrates our commitment to leveraging our individual strengths (collections, subject knowledge, and professional expertise) and technical infrastructures towards the open proliferation of water heritage collections.

Project Mission

  • Unearth a critical mass of 19th- and 20th-century primary source documentation on the development, management, and exploitation of Southern California and western United States (U.S.) water.
  • Facilitate digital, scholarly, and academic activities that are conducted or enhanced through the use of digital technology.
  • Open the door for new scholarship on water and the environment in Southern California and the western United States.


This project is supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Grant administration is provided by the Office of Foundation Relations and Strategic Initiatives at Pomona College.


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