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Wilmer Amina Carter papers

 Collection
Identifier: SC-005

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection documents the personal and professional life of Wilmer Amina Carter, former assemblymember representing the 62nd District in the California State Assembly and retired Board member of the Rialto Unified School District. The collection primarily consists of vertical files (e.g., press clippings, computer printouts, fliers, newsletters, documents, and photographs) created and maintained by Carter documenting her life and involvement in the Inland Empire’s Black community.

Dates

  • circa 1980-2012, undated

Creator

Access

Materials are open for research, but advanced notice is required to use this collection. To request access, please contact Special Collections & University Archives by telephone at 909-537-5112 or via email at archives@csusb.edu.

Publication Rights

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Biographical Note

Wilmer Amina Carter was born in Neshoba County, Mississippi on July 12, 1941. As a child her family moved to San Bernardino, California where she completed her education, attending San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino Valley College, and California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). In 1972, she graduated from CSUSB with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went onto complete her Masters in Education in 1976.

Carter worked under the late Congressman George Brown from 1973-1996, culminating in the appointment as his District Director. During a portion of this time, from 1983-1999, she also served on the Rialto Board of Education and the Wilmer Amina Carter High School in Rialto was named in her honor, becoming the first high school in the Inland Empire to be named after a living African American woman. In 2006, Carter was elected to the California State Assembly where she served three consecutive terms for the 62nd District until her retirement in 2012.

Carter has spent most of her life in Rialto, California where she and her late husband, Ratibu Jacocks, were small business owners. The couple had three children together, Anye, Malika, and Jamala.

Extent

36.0 Linear Feet (36 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Abstract

This collection documents the personal and professional life of Wilmer Amina Carter, former Assembly member representing the 62nd District in the California Assembly and retired Board member of the Rialto Unified School District. The collection primarily consists of vertical files (e.g., press clippings, computer printouts, fliers, newsletters, documents, and photographs) created and maintained by Carter documenting her life and involvement in the Inland Empire’s Black community.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 8 series.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Wilmer Amina Carter, 2022.

Separated Materials

The "Inland Empire Minority Business & Professional Directory" has been separated from the collection for item-level cataloging.

The "Black Pages" (including California, Hawaii, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and other states) has been separated from the collection for item-level cataloging.

Processing Information

This collection is currently being processed.

Title
Guide to the Wilmer Amina Carter papers
Author
Finding aid created by Eric Milenkiewicz, University Archivist.
Date
2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Pfau Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino CA 92407 United States
909-537-5112