September 2006 Archives

Come join the Libraries on Thursday, September 28th, at 4:15 for the start to this years Claremont Discourse series of lectures, taking place in the Founders Room of the Honnold/Mudd Library.

Hal S. Barron (Professor of History, Louisa and Robert Miller Professor of Humanities, Harvey Mudd College, Professor of History, CGU) will be presenting. Popcorn, snacks and discussion to follow.

The rise of motion pictures during the 1910s and 1920s was a critical component of an emerging consumer culture in the United States that coincided with its broader transformation from a rural to an urban society. Because of this conjuncture, silent movies depicting agrarian life were instrumental in establishing new understandings of the countryside for a modern, urban nation. These films resonated with city audiences, particularly those who had been raised on the farm, as well as with rural and small-town moviegoers, and they performed important cultural work by helping to reconcile both groups to vexing social changes. Besides providing comfort in a time of transition, however, rural films also helped facilitate the new order by subverting traditional understandings of agrarian life and distancing it from its previous position at the core of American culture. Hal Barron, a noted rural historian and author of several books in the field, recently gave this talk as his Presidential Address for the Agricultural History Society.

"Constitutional Graffiti" Responses

Check out the following images for Claremont reactions to Constitutional issues. Feel free to leave your own response to individual entrees, or to general Constitution issues as well with a comment.

Help us celebrate U.S. Constitution Day!

Monday, September 18, Honnold/Mudd Library

If the last time you really thought about the Constitution was senior high government class, visit the Libraries "Constitution Space" to celebrate the US Constitution.. From novice to expert, everyone is welcome. "Constitution Space" will be on the second floor of Honnold/Mudd Library, across from the Services Desk. Events, from 10am to 5pm, include:

- coffee and discussion about the Constitution with American historians Robert Dawidoff (Claremont Graduate University) and Victor Silverman (Pomona) from 2:00 -3:00 PM

- an exhibit of the books of the late constitutional scholar Leonard Levy

- free copies of the Dover Thrift Edition book "The Declaration of Independence and other Great Documents of American History, 1775-1865" (which, of course, includes the Constitution) (while supplies last)

- Constitutional Graffiti (write your own responses on our "response walls" to articles and Constitutional Issues)

For further interest, here are some resources about the Constitution. Happy reading:

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention
Site includes 227 documents relating to the work of Congress in drafting and ratifying the Constitution. Also included are early printed versions of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. From the Library of Congress

Images of the original Constitution
See also links to Primary Documents in American History and 100 Milestone Documents 1776 - 1965. From Thomas, Library of Congress

National Archives, Charters of Freedom: Constitution of the United States
Includes the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights

The Federalist Papers
From Thomas, Library of Congress

About the Federalist Papers

Constitutional Law: an Overview
From Cornell Law School

Analysis and Interpretation of the Constitution: Annotations of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court
Compiled by the Government Printing Office

Constitution Q & A
From the National Archives

David Scott and "Images of War"

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:30 pm
Search Center, Honnold/Mudd Library

David Scott will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 2:30 in the Search Center of Honnold/Mudd Library about his series "Images of War," currently on display on the walls south of the Service Desk (after you swipe your card at the entrance, they will be on your right).

This series consists of 40 watercolors and pen-and-ink sketches created by Scott during his WWII service in North Africa and Europe. After the war, Scott attended Claremont Graduate University and received his M.A. and later his MFA. From 1946-63 Scott taught art at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University. Scott left teaching for an administrative career at the National Collection of Fine Arts and later at the National Gallery.

For more information about this event, phone the Services Desk at Honnold/Mudd Library (909) 621-8150.

Claremont Discourse Schedule, Fall 2006

Claremont Discourse is a Faculty Lecture Series Sponsored by the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges. All lectures will be held in the Founders Room of Honnold/Mudd Library. Discussion will follow each lecture. Refreshments will be provided.

Screening The Rural: The American Countryside In Silent Film
Thursday, September 28th, 4:15 PM

The Pleasure of the Blog: The Early Novel, the Serial, and the Narrative Archive
Wednesday, October 11th, 4:15 PM

Speaking Through Walls: Political Murals In Northern Ireland
Wednesday, October 26th, 4:15 PM

What was Postmodernism?
Wednesday, November 8th, 4:15 PM

What's new at the libraries

Summer is over and many changes have taken place. What's new you ask? Read on to find out...


New look for the Libraries web site and Blais, the online catalog
Both the Libraries web site ( and Blais ( have been redesigned. We hope you'll like the new look and be able to find the resources you're looking for more easily than before. We'd like to hear your comments and suggestions.

New Services Desk combines reference, information, circulation, and reserves
Whether you want to check out a book (including LINK+ and ILL), ask where Special Collections is located, get help with your research, or have any other question, stop at the Services Desk and ASK US!

New support for data services
The Libraries now have a librarian whose main focus is helping you find and work with statistics and data. Sheree Fu joined the Libraries staff recently as our Data Services Librarian.

New screening room for groups to view videos and DVDs
One of Honnold/Mudd's classrooms will soon be equipped to allow groups to view videos and DVDs. When it's not being used for library classes, you'll be able to reserve Keck 2, on the third floor, Mudd side, to view videos or even practice your upcoming class or conference presentation.

New TV in Honnold/Mudd's South Lounge
The South Lounge, first floor, Honnold side, where you will find vending machines, a public phone, and a place to study or just relax, now has a television. You can view a video or DVD there, or just watch something on cable TV.

New locations for some library collections
Over the summer, books with call numbers starting with the letter J moved to the first floor, Mudd side. During this year, other collections in Honnold/Mudd may shift. If you can't find what you're looking for, be sure to ASK US at the Services Desk.

Use Claremont Cash to print from library computers
In the Libraries, Claremont Cash is now used to pay for printing from library computers. You can add to your Claremont Cash account in the Copy Center in Honnold/Mudd Library. (Copy cards are still used in the self-service photocopy machines.)

CCDL (Claremont Colleges Digital Library)
The CCDL provides access to digitized collections developed at The Claremont Colleges. The existing collections are growing and new and exciting collections will be added this year. Visit often at

GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
GIS is a tool for visualizing and analyzing data geographically. Support for GIS is located in the Digital Services offices in Honnold/Mudd Library, second floor, Honnold side. Visit the Libraries' GIS site on the web to learn more and register for GIS workshops. You'll find the site at

The Art of Japanese Handmade Paper

August - October, Denison Library

Fine papers for calligraphy, printmaking, and many other purposes have been made by hand in Japan using the same traditional methods for nearly 1400 years. This exhibition draws on the extensive collection of papermaking literature at Denison. It complements exhibitions on Japanese printmaking at Williamson Gallery and Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College.

August - December, Honnold/Mudd Library

On April 18, 1906, shortly after 5:00 a.m., a great earthquake struck San Francisco and the surrounding area to the northwest and southeast. Many buildings were wrecked; thousands of people were killed, more than two hundred thousand left homeless; electric power lines and gas mains were broken. Fires burned wildly for four days, out of control because of severed water mains. These shocking events caught the city of San Francisco unaware and unprepared and had lasting ramifications for families, businesses, politics, and earthquake science. This exhibit honors the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and its depiction in official reports, photographs, newspaper and magazine accounts, and other materials that depicted the events at the time of the quake.

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