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.
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.
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