Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Susan Phillips

Reader 2

Melissa Herrold-Menzies

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2021 Sandra J Sublette


The Barbara Drake Memorial Library project applies theoretical and practical elements of intercultural, decolonial, and social-justice frameworks in order to provide a space for Tongva cultural revitalization, education, and serve as a research tool for visitors. The project’s location at the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability optimizes the collaborative potential between Pitzer College and the Tongva community. The contents of the library, which center locality and Tongva relationships to the land, are classified and analyzed with respect to relevant theories and practices of place-specific Indigenous ontologies of classification that center Tongva terminology and worldviews. Whether for a student at the Claremont Colleges, a native Californian, a scholar or an activist, the Library reflects the importance of how individuals engage with written material, and how libraries reflect cultural values. The process of creating the Library and outlining how the books can be classified is the groundwork for future projects of cultural revitalization and for assessing the success of libraries at serving user population groups.