Skip to main content

Exhibits and Events

Current exhibits and upcoming events in Special Collections.

Current Exhibit

September 10, 2018 – January 25, 2019
North Lobby, The Claremont Colleges Library

Photograph of citrus workers in grove with exhibit title overlaid.
Title sign for “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Love’s Labour’s Lost: The hidden cost of bringing paradise to America’s kitchen table

Love’s Labour’s Lost explores the intriguing, often forgotten story of those who toiled to build California’s citrus empire. The carefully crafted image of California as a place of beauty, abundance and well-being – with the orange as its symbol – was made possible only by a largely invisible workforce. Essential, massive, diverse and skilled, these workers propelled the California orange’s journey from seed to table and, in the process, created California’s second gold rush.

This exhibition highlights materials from our new keystone collection, the David Boulé California Orange Collection. Mr. Boulé, a keen collector and author of The Orange and the Dream of California, donated his collection of citrus industry archives and artifacts to The Claremont Colleges Library in 2017.


Opening Reception
Love’s Labour’s Lost: The Hidden Cost of Bringing Paradise to America’s Kitchen Table

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Founders Room, The Claremont Colleges Library

Image of David Boule holding an orange.
David Boulé, collector, researcher, archivist, and author

The Claremont Colleges Library is proud to introduce its fall exhibition, “Love’s Labour’s Lost: The Hidden Cost of Bringing Paradise to America’s Kitchen Table”.

The exhibition’s opening reception will feature special guest speaker, David Boulé, an enthusiastic collector, researcher, archivist, and author of The Orange and the Dream of California (Angel City Press, 2014). Boulé will talk about the collection, how it was developed, and his decision to bring the collection to The Claremont Colleges Library.  Opening remarks by Lisa Crane, Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian.  The reception will conclude with tours of the exhibit, a book signing, and refreshments.

Please RSVP

Street parking is available on Dartmouth Avenue. For more information about parking, please see our Visitor Information.

Was this webpage helpful?