UCLA’s Community Archives Lab, under the direction of PI Michelle Caswell, received a three-year $331,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to fund the “UCLA/Community Archives Internship Project.” The project empowers local community archives in Southern California to hire 24 UCLA information studies graduate students to complete paid yearlong internships over the course of three years. Students are engaging in vital archival work documenting, appraising, describing, digitizing, and exhibiting community history, as needed by their host organization. This project will be instrumental in helping preserve and make accessible the unknown histories of marginalized communities in Los Angeles, while at the same time increasing the capacity of community archives and providing MLIS students with paid opportunities to gain practical skills, including cultural competency. The project is also producing research that delineates a typology of community archives in order to systematically understand the community archives phenomenon.

2023-2024 Student Interns

2022-2023 Student Interns

2021-2022 Student Interns

2020-2021 Student Interns

2019-2020 Student Interns

2018-2019 Student Interns

2020-2021 Community Archives Sites

2019-2020 Community Archives Sites

2018-2019 Community Archives Sites