The Claremont Colleges Library, with the guidance of Pomona Advancement and the collaboration of six other Southern California libraries, has received a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant for the project "Digitizing Southern California Water Resources," which will digitize and help preserve primary source documentation of water history in California. This is one of 17 projects awarded a CLIR 2016 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant, a program funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project will create a digital archive of California and U.S. western water that will support and inspire scholarship through multiple disciplinary lenses, including public health, engineering, urban planning, legal history and the array of disciplines that fall under environmental studies. The grant team will gather together documents from public and academic libraries across Southern California, making them available digitally for scholars everywhere.

Library personnel involved in this successful grant include Carrie Marsh, Director of Special Collections and Libraries, who is one of the principal investigators on the grant; Lisa Crane, Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian, who will serve as project director; and Tanya Kato, digital project manager for the CLIR grant.

For full details, see the press release on the Pomona College website.

Social Justice and the Environment: Challenges for the New Administration
4:15 PM, Thursday, March 9th
Founders Room, Honnold Mudd Library

Panelists:

  • Heather Williams (Pomona College, Associate Professor of Politics)
  • Marc Los Huertos (Pomona College; Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis; Coordinator of Environmental Analysis)
  • Heather Campbell (Claremont Graduate University, Chair of Politics and Government)
  • Tanja Srebotnjak (Harvey Mudd College; Director, Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design)

Moderated by: Janet Farrell Brodie (Claremont Graduate University, Professor of History)

The new Trump Administration has appointed several climate change skeptics and opponents of federal environmental regulations to lead the EPA and other agencies and departments. While several executive orders point towards a roll-back and curtailment of environmental protections, the Administration has not yet revealed a coherent strategy on how it intends to deal with climate change and interstate environmental issues. So what might we expect for the next four years? Claremont Discourse, the Library's signature faculty speaker series, has invited a panel of Claremont Colleges faculty experts to discuss what the Trump regime might mean for the environment and the politics of the environment.

Japanese Internment during World War II

During World War II many Japanese Americans were relocated and detained in camps, most located in western states, including California. Special Collections holds several collections of materials focused on Japanese internment. Recently, Hilary Blum, a CGU student, discovered materials in one of those collections, the Carey McWilliams War Relocation Authority Records. Read what she had to say about her discovery and learn more about Japanese internment collections in Pictures and Conversations, the Special Collections blog.

Mary Augusta Ward

If you're a Downton Abbey fan, you may remember mention of Mary Augusta Ward, also known as Mrs. Humphry Ward, as a woman opposed to women getting the vote. She was also a well-known writer in her day. Special Collections houses the Mrs. Humphry Ward Papers. Mary Augusta Ward (1851-1920), born Mary Arnold, was a British writer at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, a niece of Matthew Arnold and the aunt of Aldous Huxley. Read more in Pictures and Conversations, the Special Collections blog.

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