Collection Development Policy for English & American Literature

Objectives: To support teaching and research programs in the fields of English and American literature at The Claremont Colleges. Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College all offer a B.A. in English. The Claremont Graduate University offers both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English.

B.A. After completing introductory work, students may concentrate in a particular era such as medieval, Victorian, or contemporary or they may choose a genre such as the novel or the epic.

M.A. The M.A. degree in English, which requires the completion of a thesis, may be a terminal degree or an interim degree received before advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. program.

Ph.D. A research dissertation into a particular aspect of a chosen author, genre, or era is required for completion of the Ph.D. degree.

Subjects and collecting levels: In general, the collection will be at the comprehensive level, designed to support programs through the doctoral level with a wide range of published materials but a relatively small manuscript collection. Novels, plays, essays, poetry, criticism, and reference works are collected. Journals publishing scholarly and critical interpretations of literature as well as those publishing original works of literature are collected. Every attempt will be made to provide broad coverage within the scope of the English programs of The Colleges. Both Denison Library and Honnold/Mudd Library collect materials in support of English and American literature. Although duplication of items both within a library and between libraries is discouraged, duplication of frequently used books, books for reserve, and the most basic works of literature, criticism and reference for literature are often acquired.

Types of materials collected: Printed, microform, and electronic materials are collected. Videotapes and multimedia materials are collected when requested by faculty to support instruction. Manuscripts and rare editions are occasionally collected using special funds. Generally excluded are motion pictures, photographs, and sound recordings, although specific items may be acquired for instructional purposes.

Languages: Major emphasis is on English language materials, although no language is specifically excluded. For important critical works published in other languages, preference is given to a version in the original language over a translation.

Geographical emphasis: Literature from all English speaking nations is collected, as is criticism focused on that literature.

Chronological limits: There are no chronological limits.

Additional remarks: Occasionally, noteworthy books of popular fiction and nonfiction by or about English or American authors are purchased for the Browsing Collection.

Last updated: 7/28/2011 5:11:35 PM