February 2008 Archives

Wednesday, March 5, 4:15 PM
Honnold/Mudd Library • Founders Room
Janet Farrell Brodie, Professor of History, Claremont Graduate University
with CGU History Students

The practice of scholarly history has much intrinsic value to recommend it: as a way to tell us who we were and how things turned out the way they did; as the only real time travel machine we have, letting us escape to another time and converse with the past and its citizens; as information corrective to current politics and culture; and not least, as fascinating and entertaining pastime. The challenge for scholarly historians is how to spread the value of history beyond the university. In January 2005, the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority—a public organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of park lands and biological diversity in a large area formally used and abused commercially—contracted with the CGU History Department to provide student researched papers about the history of the Puente Hills. The History Department believed that such a sponsored research project would be an ideal way to acquaint the public with the Preserve area and also provide graduate students in the doctoral and master’s programs with professional experience in producing local history for a sponsor. The paper topics include a natural history of the region, a local history of recreation, the role of oil and livestock in the hills, and a history of the land’s native inhabitants, the Tongva tribe. This panel will discuss the project and the unique opportunity it presented to faculty and graduate students.

Full Claremont Discourse schedule.

Study Break & Games

Do you need a break from studying? Come to the Founders Room in Honnold/Mudd Library for fun, friends, and food. Don't miss out on the cookies, the caffeine, and the games.

When? Thursday, February 28, 7:30-9:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Walter Lindley Scrapbooks

Special Collections of The Libraries of the Claremont Colleges are pleased to announce that the first series of the Dr. Walter Lindley Scrapbooks is available online in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library, CCDL.

The Lindley Scrapbooks were assembled by Dr. Walter Lindley (1852–1922), early resident of Los Angeles and prominent physician, and are a part of the Francis Haynes Lindley Memorial Collection housed in Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library for The Claremont Colleges. The Lindley Scrapbooks consist of 33 scrapbooks covering the period 1861 to 1921 and document through clippings, correspondence, and ephemeral materials, Dr. Lindley’s professional and civic achievements. The first series to be made available through the CCDL covers his candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles. Among the other series to be digitized are the formation of the California Hospital, the development of the Whittier State School for Boys, the Los Angeles Public Library board, and the founding of a tuberculosis sanitarium in Idyllwild.

Digitization of this collection is made possible by a grant from The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.

The Lindley Scrapbooks also are available for study in person in Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library during our Reading Room hours and by appointment.

FMI: Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library (909) 607-3977

You Can Eat and Drink in Honnold/Mudd


Covered drinks and snack-size food are now okay in Honnold/Mudd Library--no need to sneak them in. And if you get hungry or thirsty for more, there are vending machines in the South Lounge (1st Floor, Honnold Side, to your left as you leave the elevator).

Thursday, Feb. 21, 4:15 PM
Honnold/Mudd Library • Founders Room
Robert Dawidoff, Professor of History, Claremont Graduate University
Through the Glass Closet: The Homosexual Origins of the Far Right

Lecture is free and open to all, refreshments and discussion to follow.

What types of closets are there? In some cases, one constructs a closest that can provide, however temporarily, a place of respite from society’s norms. This is the closet of the underground. Another type of closest is the type in which you cloak yourself under society’s norms and you become a person of whom society can approve. Both types of closets are survival strategies, both types are for hiding, but one provides freedom and one provides constriction, psychological suppression and denial. Both types of closets have their costs and both have exerted influence on the very society that marginalized and demonized them. One of the strangest stories of an influential American closet concerns the origins of the American anticommunist right and its lasting form in American politics. Robert Dawidoff, author of The Genteel Tradition and the Sacred Rage: High Culture vs. Democracy in Adams, James and Santayana, Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America (with Michael Nava), and Making History Matter, is a professor of history at the Claremont Graduate University. His lecture previews a chapter of his forthcoming book, The Glass Closet: A History of Solutions.

IM the library for help

There's a new way to IM the library for research help. You can now IM us directly from the website. Just click on the Ask Us link at the top right of any page and look for the "Need Help . . . Ask Us" box on the right. If it says "librarianchat is online" just type your question in the box and hit enter and you'll be chatting with a library staff member in no time. If you want to chat while browsing the web, remember to click the link to float the box before chatting or you'll lose your chat connection.

And remember, you can still IM us through AIM, Yahoo, MSN, and GoogleTalk--our buddy name is librarianchat

N.A. Chandler Gold Rush Era Letters

Image from Chandler Gold Rush Era Letters

The Ella Strong Denison Library and Honnold/Mudd Special Collections are pleased to announce a new collection in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library: the N.A. Chandler Gold Rush Era Letters.

The N. A. Chandler Gold Rush Era Letters collection consists of fifty-six handwritten letters from 1855 to 1872. Newton Amos Chandler (1818?-1880) wrote these letters from San Francisco and California mining camps, and Nevada silver and gold rush locations. These letters offer insights on life in San Francisco, Virginia City, Civil War opinions in California and Nevada, and the opportunities and discouragements of a prospector. In addition, Chandler’s letters provide some information on the settling of Nevada, Native American interactions, and the mining history of Northern California and Nevada.

A gift from John I. Perkins to the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College in 1942, the Chandler letters were purchased by Perkins from a rare manuscripts dealer in Los Angeles in 1932. Previous to that, these letters may have been owned by N.A. Chandler’s surviving daughter, who died in 1948.

For a school project, Jacob High (CGU) was charged with reading any primary source gold rush letters and was referred to a collection of “California Pioneer Letters” at Denison Library that were written by a Northern California prospector to his wife. Jacob immediately recognized one of the letters written on a picture sheet featuring “The Miners’ Lamentations” as a picture sheet that was recently reproduced in Susan Lee Johnson's well respected Gold Rush book “Roaring Camp,” though the source of her picture was the Huntington Archives. Of more interest to Jacob were small references to events in early Nevada Territory and statehood, including the Paiute Indian War of 1860. This battle was described by Hubert Howe Bancroft in his history of Nevada and was widely considered the most important engagement with American Indians in the history of Nevada. After reading these letters, Jacob recommended that these letters be digitized; volunteering to create an item-level finding aid for the Online Archive of California and to create the descriptive metadata for a CCDL collection. To further his research into these letters, Jacob made a trip to Eureka, Nevada where Chandler wrote the last two letters in this collection and visited several courthouses stretching from San Francisco to North Eastern Nevada to find mining claims and legal deeds or other references to Chandler and the contents of the letters. The information he obtained will be compiled and, with this new online digitized collection, form part of his graduate portfolio and aid in the writing of his Master’s thesis.

We would like to thank Jacob High for providing all of the descriptive metadata and Alannah Haddad for digitization of the letters. We would also like to thank Special Collections at the University of Nevada-Reno Library and The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley for allowing a digital copy of an original N.A. Chandler letter from each of their collections to appear as part of this collection.

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