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Diocesan Heritage Series collection
MS 312  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related materials compiled by R. Bruce Harley or in which his articles appear:
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Diocesan Heritage Series collection
    Date (inclusive): 1984-2008, undated
    Date (bulk): 1984-1992
    Collection Number: MS 312
    Creator: Harley, R. Bruce
    Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection is primarily comprised of manuscripts, and some corresponding published articles/materials, written by Dr. R. Bruce Harley regarding Agua Mansa/La Placita and related New Mexican history, the Catholic Church in southern California, and March Air Force Base, focusing on the area that is now Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Harley earned his PhD in history from the University of Iowa and spent his career teaching U.S. and world history, eventually becoming the historian for the U.S. Air Force and later the archivist for the Diocese of San Bernardino.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Diocesan Heritage Series collection (MS 312). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Information unavailable.

    Processing History

    Processed by David Rios, 2017.

    Biography

    Robert Bruce Harley was born in 1918 in Minnesota. In 1940 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from William Penn University and a year later with a master’s degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 in Great Britain, North Africa, and Italy as a combat engineer, landing craft engineer, and a heavy cargo truck driver. He resumed his graduate studies at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1948 with a doctorate, specializing in American colonial history. He taught at Western Illinois University for 11 years during which time he met and married Clara Horcasitas of New Mexico. In 1959 he was employed by the U.S. Air Force serving mostly at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California but also in Germany. In 1983 he transitioned from the Air Force to become the first archivist for the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino until 1998. He died in Redlands, California in 2008 and was buried in the Riverside National Cemetery.
    Many of his manuscripts were published as stand-alone articles in various publications and/or formed part of the twelve volume Readings in Diocesan Heritage or the single volume The Story of Agua Mansa: Its Settlement, Churches, and People .

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection is primarily comprised of manuscripts, and some corresponding published articles/materials, written by Dr. R. Bruce Harley regarding Agua Mansa/La Placita and related New Mexican history, the Catholic Church in southern California, and March Air Force Base, focusing on the area that is now Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series. Please note that initial articles (A, An, The) in English are ignored, but are kept in the alphabetization in Spanish (El Carmelo). Abbreviations are alphabetized as if spelled out (e.g., Msgr = Monsignor, Rev = Reverend, St = Saint). The series arrangement of this collection is as follows:
    • Series 1. Agua Mansa, 1985-1997, undated.
    • Series 2. Catholic Church, 1985-1994, undated.
    • Series 3. Junípero Serra, 1984-1986, undated.
    • Series 4. Other, 1987-2008, undated.

    Related materials compiled by R. Bruce Harley or in which his articles appear:

    Note: Copies of the following publications can be located in the UCR Library collection by searching the online catalog, http://scotty.ucr.edu/.
    1. Readings in diocesan heritage, vols. 1-12
    2. The story of Agua Mansa : its settlement, churches and people ; first community in San Bernardino Valley, 1842-1893
    3. Beacon (March Air Force Base)
    4. Crossroads (Colton Area Museum)
    5. Heritage tales (City of San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society)
    6. Odyssey (City of San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society)
    7. Quarterly (San Bernardino County Museum Association)
    8. Spanish Traces

    Related Collections

    Two related collections held at repositories outside UCR include:
    1. Diocese of San Bernardino. Office of Archives. Peter Bradley, Director. 1201 East Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92402. Telephone: 909.475.5399, email: pbradley@sbdiocese.org
    2. City of San Bernardino Norman F. Feldheym Library. Arda Haenszel California Room. 555 W 6th Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410. Telephone: 909.381.8208. Note: in addition to the regular files, the archive of the San Bernardino Valley Genealogical Society is housed at this location.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Agua Mansa (Calif.).
    Catholic Church
    Harley, R. Bruce
    Riverside County (Calif.).
    San Bernardino County (Calif.).
    Serra, Junípero, Saint, 1713-1784

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Articles.
    Correspondence.
    Genealogies (histories).
    Manuscripts.