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Exhibits and Events

Current exhibits and upcoming events in Special Collections.

Current Exhibit

Unboxing the Fernando R. and Enriqueta Gomez Mormon Mexican History Collection

Collage of Mormon documents, some of which are in Spanish
Collage of Mormon documents on display in the exhibit.

The Claremont Colleges Library is excited and honored to present a summer exhibit that highlights the newly-acquired Fernando R. and Enriqueta Gomez Mormon Mexican History Collection. This collection features a wide range of materials on the history of various Mormon churches in Mexico, including congregational records, mission records and other published material, much of which is in Spanish and dates from between the 1870s and 1950s. It was gifted to the Claremont Graduate University in August 2020 and is now stewarded by The Claremont Colleges Library, which serves all seven institutions of The Claremont Colleges Consortium.

The collection began when the Gomezes, along with Fernando’s cousin, Raymundo Gomez Gonzalez, founded El Museo de Historia del Mormonismo en Mexico, A.C. in Mexico City in 1991. The museum officially opened in July 1995 and included a documents library, a video library, a research department to coordinate research with other museums and universities, a conference room and editorial offices where reference and other works were prepared for publication. The foundation of the museum’s collection originated from Fernando’s aunt, Consuelo Gomez.

After returning from their Mexico Temple assignment in Merida in 2004, the Gomezes began to look for a location in the United States to establish an extension of the museum in Mexico. In September 2010, they purchased a building located across the street from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. With the opening of The Museum of Mormon Mexican History in June 2011, the Gomezes began a new chapter into their mission of documenting Mormon history south of the border. However, El Museo de Historia del Mormonismo en Mexico, A.C. closed a few years later in 2014, relocating many of the museum’s contents to the Provo location.

Thanks to the museums’ work, this collection, to the best of our knowledge, is the most extensive, publicly accessible collection in the world of Mormon history among Spanish-speaking Latter-day Saints in the Americas. This exhibit offers a glimpse into the collection which is now also available for research, both in-person via Reading Room appointment and online via the Claremont Colleges Digital Library. Highlights of this collection include:

In Yaotlapixqui: El Atalaya de México (1937)
In Yaotlapixqui: El Atalaya de México (1937)
  • In Yaotlapixqui: El Atalaya de México (1937) – This was the official organ of the Mexican Mission. An “organ” in this context means an official publication, such as a newsletter or magazine, that represents the opinions of a group or organization or that is produced for a particular group of people.
  • Sixta Martínez: A Living Testimony = Sixta Martínez: Un Testimonio Viviente (2002) – Sister Sixta Martínez was a 90-year-old member of the Merida Temple who shared her pioneer story.
  • The Book of Mormon published in multiple languages, including Chamorro, Cambodian, Hindi and Korean. This is just a small sample of the more than five linear feet of the Book of Mormon in many languages included in this collection. All books will be cataloged individually and separately from the archival collection and will soon be discoverable in Library Search, The Claremont Colleges Library’s discovery system.

This exhibit is open to current Claremont Colleges students, faculty and staff and by appointment to the community. Members of the community can schedule your exhibition viewing appointment here.

Exhibit Details
North Lobby Gallery, The Claremont Colleges Library (800 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont, CA 91711)
July 5, 2022 – September 2, 2022
Exhibit on view Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Special Collections.

Digital Exhibits

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

Two birds sit on a tree branch with flowers. Chinese lettering in upper left corner.

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: http://7clib.cc/LAAS-TCC.

Events

There are currently no events scheduled.