Here are a few highlights of recent acquisitions for Special Collections. Contact us any time to request materials or a personalized tour.
Explore The Claremont Colleges Library’s most distinctive and unique resources—rare books, literary and historical manuscripts, maps, photographs, college archives, and more—for study and research.
Reading Room Hours
- Open by appointment
- Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 5 p.m.
- To request an appointment outside of these hours, please contact us.
- Special hours
- November 22, 2023 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- November 23-24, 2023 – Closed
- December 21, 2023 – January 5, 2024 – Closed
Since there are so many different kinds of materials found in Special Collections – books, papers, photographs, maps, artifacts, to name a few – there are different ways to search for them. Each of the tabs above searches a different discovery system that Special Collections uses to organize and provide access to collections. Use them all to explore and find materials for your research. For guidance exploring, accessing, and using the collections, visit the Special Collections Access Guide or contact us.
Please Wear This Book
COVID-19 Artists Book by Tennille Shuster
Voces de la Frontera Print Collection
Books by Claremont authors
Claremont Authors Collection
Dao Bi Jing Xuan 刀筆精選
John Sheng Collection
First manuscripts arrive!
Fernando R. and Enriqueta Gomez Mormon Mexican History Collection
Written by Sandi Fox (PO'57); part of the Sandi Fox Quilting Archive
What’s happening in Special Collections? Follow along with the staff and students’ projects. Pictures & Conversations: Featuring new acquisitions and Special Collections news. Out of the Box: CCEPS students share updates on their projects as they explore specific collections.
The Deluge : Learn more about the Bending Water Project and the library’s mission to improve the accessibility of the data materials within the California Water Documents collection of the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.
Special Collections is the library’s principal repository for print and manuscript primary sources. The collections number nearly 200,000 volumes and more than 11,000 linear feet of a diverse array of literary and historical manuscripts, personal papers, and college archives that span more than 900 years of human history. The collections are available for research, teaching, and study in person, and, increasingly, digitally in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library. We provide an array of research support and instruction services to the students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges and the wider scholarly community; we partner with faculty and our library colleagues on course-integrated instruction, and we provide students opportunities to engage with and utilize primary sources in their research. Special Collections has a close relationship with the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, housed in the uniquely beautiful, historic Kaufmann Wing of the library building. Denison Library offers a wide variety of primary resources to The Claremont Colleges and wider community of scholars. Subject strengths include fine printing and artists’ books, women’s history, literature, and art. Denison holds the papers for the College’s founder, Ellen Browning Scripps, as well as the Scripps College archives.