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Denison Library on the Scripps College Campus, Special Collections

Denison Library, Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA

Contact: Judy Harvey Sahak, Director
Phone: 909-621-8973
Fax: 909-607-1548

Institution Type: Archive, College/University, Library

Web site:

Archives and Collections

Denison Library’s Special Collections are extensive and varied, ranging from classical literature to Californiana. They include the Scripps College Archives, which provide a significant record for the study of the college since its inception in 1926 and for the history of women’s education in general. In addition to official publications of the college and the student body, the archives contain publications by faculty and alumnae, student newspapers, senior theses, construction records, architectural drawings and blueprints, unpublished papers from faculty and trustees, records of the development of the college’s curriculum, photographs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera which document the history of Scripps College and its diverse students, faculty, staff, and trustees, many of whom were or are Los Angeles residents. The Scripps College Archives also preserve the personal and business papers of the college’s founder, the newspaper publisher and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps (1836–1932).

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Institutional Publications, Manuscripts, Official Records, Photographs

Time Periods: 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English

Sectors of the Population: Education, Gender Specific, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income, Highest Income


Catalog System: Cataloged records are on OCLC. Uncataloged records are arranged by in-house card files, collection file lists, and other finding aids.
Repository/Depository: Yes
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Directories, Exhibitions, Internet, Library Events, Newsletter, OCLC/RLIN, Online Catalog