The Archives are an extensive collection of publications, documents, personal papers, published and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, audio-visual materials, artifacts, and miscellaneous ephemera from the administrative offices, faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the seven Claremont Colleges. Its purpose is twofold: to document the history of the colleges; and to provide a central repository for the official publications of each college. Official college records are maintained privately by each college administration and some colleges keep informal archives of their own. Scripps College has a fully developed archives collection in Denison Library.

The Archives in Special Collections are divided into sections to represent the five undergraduate colleges: Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer, the Claremont Graduate University, the Keck Graduate Institute, and the Claremont University Consortium. There are catalogs, annual reports, newsletters, student yearbooks, literary and scholarly journals, handbooks, and bulletins. Also books and articles by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees, and publications describe the history and development the Colleges and personal papers, published and unpublished manuscripts, clippings, and extensive files of photographs.

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