Welcome to Special Collections

at the Claremont Colleges Library

The Claremont Colleges can boast two special collections libraries. Located in Honnold/Mudd Library, Special Collections is a place where you can connect to the past by examining rare books, reading original letters and manuscripts, and studying historical photographs and other objects. We collect, preserve, and make accessible collections that span more than 900 years of human history, with particular depth in 16th-20th centuries, the American West, science, music and theater, Asian history and culture, books and printing, and the history of The Claremont Colleges and the larger Claremont community, among other subjects, places, and eras. Explore our collections in person or by visiting our exhibitions, digital collections, and blog. In our effort to facilitate access to and use of the collections, we employ a range of digital technologies, such as online patron registration and requesting, and we offer class instruction and individual research sessions in order to support teaching, learning, and scholarship.

The Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College housed in the uniquely beautiful, historic Kaufmann Wing of the library building 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.


Special Collections materials are available by appointment, or if the materials are located in Honnold/Mudd, they are available during Reading Room Hours. Some of our collections require either advance notice or a waiting period, and visitors coming from a distance should give a week’s notice of their arrival. Please note that our hours vary during semester breaks.

Reading Room Hours at Honnold/Mudd

For a Special Collections appointment, call (909) 607-3977

Spring 2014: Jan. 21 - May 16

Monday - Thursday; 1 - 7 pm

Friday - Saturday; 1 - 5 pm

Summer 2014: May 19 - August 29

Monday - Friday; 1 - 5 pm

Special Collections is closed on:

Saturday, May 17 for Commencement

Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day

Friday, July 4 for Independence Day

Hours at Denison Library

For a Denison Special Collections appointment, call (909) 607-3941