Special Collections contributes original digital projects and collections to the Claremont Colleges Digital Library. All of our digital collections are listed there with a brief description. The subjects range from Claremont Colleges and the City of Claremont to the Italian Renaissance, British and American theater, and water resources in the western United States, to name just a few. Notable digitized collections include the Wheeler Scrapbooks of early Pomona College and Claremont and the San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records. We welcome comments about our digital collections; each digital object page includes a Comment prompt. You may also request a copy of any digital image for your research by using the Aeon Request button on every image page.

Digital Collections

Online Exhibits

Online Libraries Publications

Digital Collections

San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records

The matrimonial investigation records, or diligencias matrimoniales, are part of the McPherson Collection. The San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records are significant because they offer a unique insight into the pre-statehood activities of the Mission. Also, they establish many facts concerning the individuals married at the Mission and provide much genealogical detail for descendants.

Wheeler Scrapbook—Book One, Page 1.

Wheeler Scrapbook—Book One, Page 1 ( more information).

Wheeler Scrapbooks

The Wheeler Scrapbooks were a gift of Frank Wheeler, a real estate businessman, to The Claremont Colleges, and they chronicle life at Pomona College and in the city of Claremont from 1884 to 1938. All three scrapbooks have been digitized and are searchable by keyword. For more information, contact Special Collections at (909) 607-3977.

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Online Exhibits

Accent on Images

Image of the home page of Accent on Images. View the “Accent on Images” online exhibit.

Home page of Accent on Images (View Exhibit: high res or low res).

Online version of the Clark Humanities Museum exhibit which was on view November 6th to December 2nd, 1998.

This exhibition showcases illustrated books in modern foreign languages from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries selected from the rich and varied special collections of the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges. All are part of the unique and rare materials available to The Claremont Colleges’ constituency and to the wider scholarly community.

California Croonin’

Online promotional site for the exhibit which was on view August 30 to October 29, 1999 at the Honnold/Mudd Library.

Curated by Holly Gardinier, Performing Arts Librarian, this exhibition showcased songs and sheet music about California. For more information, contact Special Collections, (909) 607-3977.

Celebrating the Wright Brothers’ First Flight: Treasures from the James Carruthers Memorial Aviation Collection

The Libraries of The Claremont Colleges are pleased to announce an Exhibition, “Celebrating the Wright Brothers’ First Flight: Treasures from the James Carruthers Memorial Aviation Collection.” The exhibit ran from November 1, 2003–January 30, 2004 in the Special Collections exhibit cases on the second floor of Honnold/Mudd Library.

Image of the home page of “Original Voices From the Past: The Claremont Colleges’ Literary Magazines, 1888–2004 exhibit”. View the “Original Voices From the Past: The Claremont Colleges’ Literary Magazines, 1888–2004” online exhibit.

Home page of “Original Voices From the Past: The Claremont Colleges’ Literary Magazines, 1888–2004” (View Exhibit).

Mao Fever

Online promotional site for the exhibit which was on view November 2nd, 1998 to May 16th, 1999 at the Honnold/Mudd Library.

This exhibit was curated by Professor Emily Chao, Pitzer College, and explored popular practice in post-Mao era China. “Mao Fever” featured materials from the Mao cult during the Cultural Revolution and Mao’s second apotheosis in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It included a collection of over 100 Mao buttons, taxi amulets, Mao pens, and other “Maorobilia” For more information, contact Professor Chao via e-mail (emily_chao@pitzer.edu).

Original Voices From the Past: The Claremont Colleges’ Literary Magazines, 1888–2004

Over the years, students at The Claremont Colleges have created a wide variety of publications that were showcased in 2004 in the “Original Voices From the Past: The Claremont Colleges’ Literary Magazines, 1888–2004” exhibit. This online version of the exhibit provides images of covers and a few early examples from the Metate.

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Online Libraries Publications

Honnold Library Record (Volume III, Issue 2, Summer 1960).

Honnold Library Record (Volume III, Issue 2, Summer 1960) (more information).

The Honnold Library Record

The Honnold Library Record was the publication of the Honnold Library Society, the friends of the library group, founded in 1954. With its content focused on the special and unique collections at the Libraries, the Honnold Library Record set a high standard for library publications in Claremont. Distinguished members of the Society, scholar-librarians, and other esteemed writers contributed pieces to the Record, published from 1958 until 1975. The Honnold Library Record is aptly named. During its publication run, it recorded the history of the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges at a particular time, the collections, services, and events, and the influence of The Libraries on the scholarly community in Claremont.

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