We Remember Them: Acts of Love and Compassion in Isla Vista

A space for healing and reflection, this exhibition honored the acts of love and compassion that emerged in Isla Vista and on the UC Santa Barbara campus after the tragedy of May 23, 2014. Through photographs of planned and unplanned memorials, artifacts and messages left at spontaneous memorial sites, and documentation of support from around the globe, the exhibition remembered those who died and were injured, and told the story of a community empowered by its own humanity in reacting to a collective loss.

This online exhibition was designed to re-create the feeling of walking through the physical exhibit space. Please use the links along the right hand side of the page, or at the bottom of each page to navigate to the next room. Additionally, by clicking on an image, you will be directed to an item-specific page, which includes additional information and you can enlage the photographs again by clicking on the image.  You can also view a virtual interactive version of the exhibit through Google Indoor Maps.

Both the physical and digital items found in this exhibit are housed in Special Research Collections at the UCSB Library. The online finding aid provides an full inventory of the archival and artifact collection and information about specific items.

This online exhibition utilizes Omeka, an open-source web publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archive, and scholarly collections.


Melissa Barthelemy (Online Exhibition Co-Curator and Public History Ph.D. Candidate)

Rebecca Metzger (Associate University Librarian)

Annie Platoff (Librarian and May 23, 2014 Isla Vista Memorial Archive Curator)

Julia Diane Larson (Online Exhibition Consultant, Reference Archivist AD&A Museum)

Lauren Trujillo (Online Exhibition Co-Curator and UCLA MLIS Graduate Student)