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Current Exhibit

Snapshots: A Brief History of the Founding of The Claremont Colleges

North Lobby, The Claremont Colleges Library
September 20, 2021 – December 17, 2021
Exhibit on view during Library building hours
Exhibit open to current Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and staff. Please see our COVID-19 Library Updates & Resources

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The Claremont Colleges Library presents its fall exhibit, Snapshots: A Brief History of the Founding of The Claremont Colleges. The exhibit offers a look back at the development of each of the seven colleges and features bibliographic, photographic, and ephemeral materials relating to the seven Claremont Colleges. The “snapshots” provide a peek into the history of The Claremont Colleges starting with the establishment of Pomona College in the late nineteenth century and ending with the founding of Keck Graduate Institute over a century later. Those interested in further exploration are encouraged to check out the exhibit’s “further readings” sections and dive into research at the archives and libraries at The Claremont Colleges.

Materials on display come from the collections of Special Collections at The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont McKenna College Archives, Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, Pitzer College Archives, and Pomona College Archives.

For more information, please contact Special Collections.

Digital Exhibits

Special Collections invites you to visit its online exhibits; available 24/7!

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This digital archive of Asian Library highlights is created and maintained by the Asian Library, a department of the Special Collections & Archives at The Claremont Colleges Library.  The site currently contains three exhibits:

Interpretations of Shakespeare, or, What You Will is based on exhibits on display in The Claremont Colleges Library and Denison Library during Spring 2016 for The Claremont Colleges’ celebration of Shakespeare’s legacy 400 years after his death. Curated by three Pomona College students: Emma Fredgant (2017), an English major; Alana Friedman (2016), an English major; and Pieter Hoekstra (2017), a Religious Studies major, as part of their SURP/CCEPS Fellowship during Summer 2015, the students explored primary and secondary sources to discover their own approaches to Shakespeare in order to create exhibits commemorating Shakespeare’s legacy.

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Science, Religion, and Everything in Between: Early Modern Science Texts was curated by Claremont McKenna College student, Lindsey Betts (2016) as part of her CCEPS Fellowship in Fall 2015. A Literature major, Lindsey’s project was to gather and present a variety of 17th and 18th century science literature existing within Special Collections.

Explore samples from the Los Angeles-based archival collections held by The Claremont Colleges Library’s Special Collections, the Ella Strong Denison Library on the Scripps College campus, the Bates and Harvey Mudd Aeronautics Heritage Library on the Harvey Mudd campus, and the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.  For more information about the collections in this video, please visit:


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