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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.

Summer Hours

  • Reading room open by appointment.
  • Chat with SCL staff: Mon-Fri, 1pm-4pm
  • No chat hours:  Monday, September 6, Labor Day holiday
READING ROOM ACCESS UPDATE: Current Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and staff can now schedule Reading Room appointments to consult materials from Special Collections, the Asian Library, and Pomona College Archives. To make an appointment, visit our Reading Room appointment booking page. For guidance and questions, ask Special Collections.

New acquisitions
Western Water Archives Student Poster Showcase

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Western Water Archives Student Poster Showcase!

First place was awarded to Jacob Greene, Pomona College, Department of Environmental Analysis; Gabriel Konar-Steenberg, Pomona College, Computer Science; and Ian Ragen, Pitzer College, Department of Environmental Analysis and their poster titled, White gold: The Mojave Desert and the biggest water project you’ve never heard of.

Second place was awarded to Lindsay Chu, Pomona College, Department of Environmental Analysis (Environmental History); Emma Duggleby, Scripps College, Department of Environmental Analysis and Media Studies; and Thyra Herrmann, Pitzer College, Department of Environmental Analysis (Environmental Policy) and their poster titled, Water and time: (Re)imagining the Los Angeles River.

Third place was awarded to Makeda Bullock Floyd, Pomona College, Department of Environmental Analysis and Gabe Garcia, Pomona College, Neuroscience and their poster titled, Fires, floods, and destruction: Effects of developing in the Pomona Valley floodplain.

The posters, video presentations, and bibliographies for all who participated in the showcase can be accessed through the Student Poster Showcase web page of the Western Water Archives website. A video containing all five poster presentations is also available on the Library’s YouTube channel.


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