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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.

Fall Semester Hours

  • Reading room closed.
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  • Chat with SCL staff: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm
  • See “Ask Special Collections” below

New acquisitions
Current Exhibition

L’Aventure en Ballon: 18th-19th Experiments with Ballooning from the Carruthers Aviation Collection
January 27 – March 12, 2020
North Lobby, The Claremont Colleges Library

Featuring books and prints from the Carruthers Memorial Aviation Collection, The Claremont Colleges Library exhibit showcases early experiments and flights with hot air ballooning. Viewers can delight in both the real and the fantastical as they explore the advent of flying.

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Hand-colored engraving of a fantastic hot air balloon ship with many attachments and features, like tents, a cannon, a birdcage, and more.

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.


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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
Tanya Kato
Special Collections Digital Project Manager
Xiuying Zou
Head, Asian Library
Sean Stanley
Pomona College Archivist