The Archives are an extensive collection of publications, documents, personal papers, published and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, audio-visual materials, artifacts, and miscellaneous ephemera from the administrative offices, faculty, staff, students,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.

The Archives in Special Collections are divided into sections to represent the five undergraduate colleges: Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer, the two graduate schools: Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute, as well as the Claremont University Consortium. The Archives contain catalogs, annual reports, newsletters, student yearbooks, literary and scholarly journals, handbooks, and bulletins from these institutions. The collection also contains books and articles by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees, publications describing the history and development of the Colleges, personal papers, published and unpublished manuscripts, and news clippings about the colleges. The Archives also include an extensive collection of photographs marking historical events on campus and capturing student life dating back to the late 1800's. A portion of this collection has been digitized and is available through the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

Special Collections also houses student theses and dissertations from all seven Claremont institutions that can be found in Library Search. Many of these volumes complement what is available in the Library's general collection. Additional copies of theses and dissertations may also be available electronically through Scholarship@Claremont.

Along with the Claremont Colleges Archives in Special Collections, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps College maintain separate archival collections, preserving the legacy of each instituion. The long-established Scripps College and Scripps College Press Archives are housed at Denison Library. The Pomona and Pitzer archival collections, established over the past several years, are housed on their respective campuses. More information on each of these archival collections can be found on their web sites.

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