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Welcome to the Wheeler Scrapbooks

Special Collections

at the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges

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. The Scrapbooks were assembled with the assistance of Pomona College faculty member Edwin Charles Norton, as well as various other members of the community who provided items. Newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, plans, pamphlets, and other items are affixed onto roughly 300 scrapbook pages. Through age and many years of use, the scrapbooks have become quite fragile, particularly the highly acidic pages of newspaper which are now quite brittle and very easily torn.   This preservation effort was designed to digitize and provide web access to the scrapbooks, which are now almost too delicate for casual browsing.

Because there was so much time and effort put into creating the scrapbooks, the “feel” of the scrapbooks was maintained by creating a layout that focused on pages as a whole, rather than the individual items on the page. The pages can be browsed like the original scrapbook itself, viewing one page at a time and “turning the pages” to move on. On each page, each item can be seen as a close-up by either clicking on the item or its description.

A note on the close-ups:

DjVu Download Banner. The close-ups for the Wheeler Scrapbook were created using DjVu, a program from Lizard Tech, that is somewhat similar to Adobe’s PDF. As a result, in order to view the close-ups, it will be necessary to have the appropriate DjVu browser plug-in installed. To do so, visit Lizard Tech’s download page: If you have other questions regarding the close-ups of the DjVu plug in, feel free to visit our help page.

Some notes on use:

Image Size

It is important to realize that the close-up images can sometimes be quite large in size. This is particularly true of close-ups of images and booklets. The DjVu program compresses these images to be even smaller than JPEG images would be, but there will still be some wait time for larger images, particularly if you are using a dial-up modem connection.


The descriptions listed at right are generally derived from captions associated with images or titles of clippings. The order is based on dividing the page into columns, which seemed to be the primary means by which the information is organized. Occasionally, the descriptions will be provided in a left-to-right system, but these are noted. When hovering over the page view to the left, the various items each have a description that should pop up after hovering with a pointer over the item. Be aware that older versions of Netscape (pre version 6) will not display all descriptions.

Finding everything

In the page view to the left, some items are hidden from view and are only available in the description to the right of the page view. Also, there are occasionally alternative versions that are accessible via the descriptions on the right.

Finally, these pages were designed for optimal viewing with a screen resolution of 1024x768.

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