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Center for Engagement with Primary Sources

CCEPS fellowships provide in-depth, hands-on learning opportunities in Special Collections.

Program Overview

The Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources (CCEPS) provides opportunities for librarians and faculty to collaborate in developing in-depth learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students while also promoting our special collections, archival collections, and services as integral to the research, teaching, and learning mission of the library and The Claremont Colleges. Working with both analog and digital methodologies, CCEPS Fellows engage with primary sources by arranging and describing a collection, researching and curating an exhibition in the library or online, or designing and implementing a scholarly digital project. Personal experience enables Fellows to articulate and demonstrate the importance of primary source materials to their research. Read Out of the Box, the CCEPS Fellows’ blog, to keep up with what CCEPS Fellows are doing.

CCEPS would like to thank Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University, and The Claremont Colleges Library for providing funding that allowed us to launch this signature program of the library in 2014.

Program Benefits

  • Opportunity to add discrete project to resume and build contacts
  • Opportunity to expand research skills
  • Applied learning opportunity
  • Minimum of 15 hours per week; flexible hours
  • Opportunity to work with experts in the fields of archives and special collections
Current CCEPS Projects
  • CCEPS Project: Digitizing Southern California Water Resources
  • CCEPS Fellows:
    • Giti Zahedzadeh (Claremont Graduate University, PhD, Political Science), Summer 2018-present
    • Swaminathan Vaidyanathan (Claremont Graduate University, MS, Financial Engineering), Fall 2018-present
    • Vinh Tran (Claremont Graduate University, PhD, Education), Fall 2018-present
  • Project Type: Digitization and metadata creation
  • CCEPS Mentor: Tanya Kato
  • Funding: Thank you to the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and their Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program for funding these fellowships.
Go to #CLIRWater page

Digitizing Southern California Water Resources is a 3-year collaborative digitization project of the Claremont Colleges Library, A.K. Smiley Public Library, California State University Northridge Oviatt Library, California State University San Bernardino Water Resources Institute, National Archives and Records Administration at Riverside, Ontario City Library, and Upland Public Library. The project is funded by a CLIR grant. CCEPS Fellows are digitizing materials that have originated from a variety of sources such as federal, state, and local governments, water companies, local agencies, and engineers and other individuals involved in water development in the region from the 19th through the 20th centuries. This project targets more than 30 archival collections to be digitized, uploaded to an online digital asset management system, cataloged with descriptive metadata, and placed under a curation plan. The digitized collections will be accessible to all with internet access, provide a foundation for a “distributed” digital water resource archive, and facilitate and support digital scholarship for regional, national, and international researchers.

Read the CCEPS/CLIR Fellows’ posts in the CCEPS Fellows’ blog, Out of the Box (April 2017-present).

  • CCEPS Project: Irving Wallace Papers
  • CCEPS Fellow: Andrea Davis (Claremont Graduate University)
  • Project Type: Archival processing
  • CCEPS Mentor: Lisa Crane
  • Term: Spring 2019
  • Funding:  Irving Wallace Collection fund
  • Read:  Andrea’s posts in the CCEPS Fellows’ blog, Out of the Box
  • CCEPS Project: John Laurence Seymour Papers
  • CCEPS Fellow: Anitra Bishop (Claremont Graduate University)
  • Project Type: Archival processing
  • CCEPS Mentor: Lisa Crane
  • Term: Spring 2019
  • Funding: Seymour Opera Room fund
  • Read:  Anitra’s posts in the CCEPS Fellows’ blog, Out of the Box