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Special Collections

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.

Spring Semester Hours

  • Reading room closed.
  • Chat with SCL staff: Mon-Fri, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
  • Chat not available 3/26/2021 – Cesar Chavez Day (observed)

New acquisitions
Virtual Symposium

Image of rippling, blue waves with a purple triangular foreground with white text that reads, “Western Water Symposium, Friday, March 5, 2021, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., On Zoom”

2021 Western Water Symposium

When:  Friday, March 5, 2021, 9:00am – 12:30pm, PST

Where:  via Zoom webinar

Join us the morning of March 5 for this free virtual symposium, where we’ll discuss past, present, and future water issues that affect California. This event celebrates the culmination of a multi-year Council on Library and Information Resources grant funded project to digitize and make accessible materials relating to water use, management, and history in Southern California.

Learn more & register

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.


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About Special Collections

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.

Contact Us
Ask Special Collections

Honnold/Mudd Library 800 Dartmouth Avenue Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 607-3977

Carrie Marsh
Director of Special Collections and Libraries
Lisa Crane
Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian
Ashley Larson
Special Collections Public Services Librarian
Ayat Agah
Special Collections Curatorial Associate
Xiuying Zou
Head, Asian Library
Sean Stanley
Pomona College Archivist