Guides to Manuscript Collections at the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges provide access to detailed descriptions of various personal papers and manuscript collections held in Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections and Ella Strong Denison Library.
Special collections at the Libraries hold an estimated 9,000 linear feet numbering several hundred separate collections of literary and historical manuscripts, college records, and personal papers. They include a wide variety of materials, such as letters, diaries, photographs, literary manuscripts, and ephemera. These primary resources are available to all students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges, as well as to researchers, scholars, and community members.
Guides to the collections, also known as finding aids, are created that index and describe each collection in detail to help patrons find what they are looking for. Finding aids are a starting point in the research process, informing researchers what collections may contain relevant materials for a scholarly project, such as a student paper, a senior or graduate thesis, or dissertation. Once a collection has been identified as possibly being a useful source for a project, the researcher contacts the library to use the materials.
It is important to be aware that many manuscript collections housed in the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges are not represented in the Guides to Manuscript Collections. Creating finding aids for additional collections is an ongoing project, and the Guides to Manuscript Collections will be updated continually. For more information please contact Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections and Denison Library.
All collections are accessible to researchers and can be used at the holding library that is indicated in the finding aid. The collections are housed at either Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections or Ella Strong Denison Library.