At the close of Black History Month, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) played host to a number of historic community members when it unveiled the Western Region Tuskegee Airmen Archive.
Attendees, including some of the original airmen, university administrators, and community supporters, were treated to an elegant buffet and champagne as they browsed through memoribilla and information on the airmen.
The archive was established in 2005 at UCR under the leadership of University Librarian Dr. Ruth Jackson as part of a national effort to collect and preserve the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen are known for advancing race relations through their integration of the Army Air Force during World War II and compiled a combat record still unsurpassed in military history.
The goal of the archive is to call special attention to the Airmen's distinguished military history, and to also document their many significant contributions to economic development, race relations, politics, business, medicine, education, and other fields.
The collection emphasizes personal letters and papers, photographs, posters, diaries, oral histories, honors and awards, art, printed resources, and records of the western region local chapters.
The event was co-sponsored by the SCMEB Foundation which serves as an umbrella organization dedicated to education of women, black history research, and honoring and saluting minority leaders in the field of aviation for their contributions to aerospace advancement.
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