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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.

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New acquisitions
Wading Through the Past - new publication

Announcing the ePublication of Wading Through the Past: Infrastructure, Indigeneity & the Western Water Archives!

Wading Through the Past is a collection of essays based on the 2021 Western Water Symposium, sponsored by The Claremont Colleges Library. An assortment of scholars, librarians, and advocates have virtually gathered to discuss the process of digitizing, making accessible, and using the Western Water Archives in the hope that we might better understand and improve our relationship to water.

Many thanks to the following individuals for their contribution:

Char Miller, Pomona College, Editor, Acknowledgements, and Introduction
Lisa Crane, The Claremont Colleges Library, “Navigating the #CLIRWater Project”
Heather Williams, Pomona College, “When Water is Money, Drought is the Taxman: Tales of Boom and Bust on the Santa Ana River”
Sami Maalouf, CSU-Northridge, “Sustainable Water Projects”
Teri Red Owl, Owens Valley Indian Water Commission, “Payahǖǖnadǖ Water Story”
Jeanine Finn and Catalina Lopez, The Claremont Colleges Library, “The Bending Water Project: Surfacing Data Histories in California’s Water Documents”
Myles Mikulic, Claremont Graduate University, entered all content into Pressbooks

If you missed the 2021 Western Water Symposium, please visit the symposium page in the Western Water Archives where you can watch a video of the symposium and view the Student Poster Showcase where students created posters based on materials found in the Western Water Archives.


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 Operations Coordinator
Xiuying Zou
Head, Asian Library
Sean Stanley
Pomona College Archivist