UC Riverside has a New Archivist at the Libraries

Bergis Jules is arriving June 1 from George Washington University

Bergis Jules, University Archivist Photo courtesy of George Washington University

Bergis K. Jules has been hired as the university and political papers archivist at the UCR Libraries. He begins his service on June 1.

“Bergis Jules is an active scholar, an excellent archivist, and he serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Archival Practice,” said University Librarian Steven Mandeville-Gamble. “It is my pleasure to welcome him to UC Riverside, where he will be responsible for the University Archives, the Tuskegee Airmen collections and the Libraries’ political papers collections including the papers of Congressman George Brown Papers and former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge.”

Mandeville-Gamble also expressed his thanks to Melissa Conway, director of the library’s Special Collections, who chaired the search committee for the position.

Jules brings more than six years of experience as an archivist, including nearly two years as university archivist at George Washington University. He also oversees the political papers of several members of Congress at that institution and was key to the negotiations to acquire them.

He has attracted more than $1.5 million in grants for archival projects that ensured the preservation of and access to collections documenting the history of under-represented communities, including most recently securing a $500,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to process collections documenting the African-American experience in the greater Washington, D.C., area and to develop an academic curriculum for teaching from the university’s archives as well as the historic repositories of partner institutions in and around the District of Columbia, such as the District of Columbia Archives, Howard University’s Moorland-Springarn Reese Center, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the National Museum of African American History’s Archives Center, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Jules has also directed two large-scale, grant-funded projects for the Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago, overseeing the processing of 150 archival collections in 40 repositories in the Chicago metropolitan area.

He earned his M.L.S. from Indiana University with a specialization in archives and record management. He also holds an M.A. from Indiana University in African-American and African diaspora history, and a B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. in African-American and African Studies.

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