:: Riverside Chamber of Commerce Records


This collection consists of a variety of documents related to the commemorative, civic, and business activities in Riverside during the 20th century -- with most items dating from the 1920s to the 1980s. The items offer the researcher information about the people and institutions that give Riverside its character, as well as a glimpse of the efforts of Riverside officials and residents working to develop the city's image.

The collection measures three linear feet and is contained in four boxes.

Administrative Background

The non-profit Riverside Chamber of Commerce (RCC) was established in January 1900. According to the 1943 by-laws, the organization's aims included the promotion and development of the city; the attraction of new businesses; the assistance of current chamber members; and the improvement of the civic nature of the city through various projects. Working with city leaders and the state and national chambers of commerce, the RCC works to improve Riverside's community and its economic enterprises.

Currently known as the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, the chamber has six geographic divisions and ten committees. As an example, the Ambassador Committee works to keep its members through surveys and other activities. The Education Committee aims to develop a better-trained workforce, coordinating exchanges between businesses and local schools. Other committees include the Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Government Affairs, City Beautification, and Military Affairs. Information on chamber activities, meetings, and publications can be found on their website.

Scope and Content

The folders in this collection were originally arranged alphabetically by subject -- they were organized either by the administrative personnel within the Chamber of Commerce or by a prior processing effort.

In 1987, the records were donated to the Riverside Municipal Museum, and then later divided between the museum and the Riverside Public Library. The photographs were retained by the museum, and the remaining documents were transferred to the library, where they were incorporated with the older material from the Chamber of Commerce. These items constitute the current collection.

The collection has fifteen series. Series I (Awards) has three folders with items dating from 1927 to 1956. Series II (California Heritage) has two folders containing items related to the California Missions (dating from 1974), and the Pasadena Rose Parade (dating from 1931 to 1948). Series III (Clippings) has two sub-series based on document type: newsprint and non-newsprint items, ranging in age from 1922 to 1982. Series IV (Correspondence) has four folders with a time range between 1923 and 1985. Series V (Events) is divided into three sub-series based on nature of the event: commemorative, conventions, and religious. The items in Series V date from 1920 to 1982. Series VI (Illustrations) has two folders of photographic and non-photographic material with a relative time range between 1952 and 1967. Series VII (Landmarks and Locations) has four sub-series: art and architecture; the Mission Inn; parks, plazas and memorials; and a miscellaneous sub-series. The items in Series VII date from 1907 to 1986. Series VIII (Maps) has one folder of various maps of Riverside and the vicinity, dating from 1934 to 1992. Series IX (Minutes) has a compilation book of minutes from various committees. The book dates from 1915 to 1920. Series X (Newspapers) has six folders with the items ranging in age from 1903 to 1983. Series XI (Organizations) has seven folders on various civic groups and radio stations. The items in this series date from 1929 to 1979. Series XII (Publications) has six sub-series: agricultural, chamber of commerce publications, commemorative, economic, tourism and residential, and miscellaneous. Series XIII (Publicity) has three folders of undated material. Series XIV (Riverside County Information) has one folder with items from 1968 to 1971. Series XV (Miscellaneous) has three folders with items ranging in age from 1939 to 1993.

The collection has a great deal of cross-referencing with information on topics often spread among two or more folders. For example, Series IV.1 and V.A.9 both have material related to the 50th anniversary of March Air Force Base. Item totals do not reflect the actual number of pages. Duplicate items have been counted once as have correspondence with enclosures and multi-page documents.

Series Description

Series I: Scrapbook

The Warren Scrapbook is organized in chronological order, beginning in 1873, and includes highlights of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Riverside. The last of the clippings are dated 1961. The scrapbook includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and church programs. There are the occasional primary source documents, including a fabric sample from a pew.

Folder 1: Warren Scrapbook

Related Collections

The Mary Elizabeth Darling Scrapbook Collection

The Riverside Historical Society Records

The Riverside Woman's Club Records


The Riverside Local History Vertical Files

Klotz, Esther H. and Joan H. Hall. Adobes, Bungalows and Mansions of Riverside, California. (Riverside: Riverside Museum Press, 1985).

Local History