September 2013 Archives

4 New Online Primary Source Databases for US History

Adams Papers Digital Edition
John Adams's complete diaries, selected legal papers, and the ongoing series of family correspondence and state papers.

Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry
Letters, diaries, and other documents of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722-1793) and her daughter Harriott Pinckney Horry (1748-1830) document the lives of two observant and articulate founding-era women who were members of one of South Carolina's leading families.

Papers of Alexander Hamilton Digital Edition
The first nine volumes of Syrett's letterpress edition. These documents and calendared entries, some five thousand in number, represent approximately 40 percent of all documents and calendared entries in the edition.
At its completion, PAHDE will provide online access to all known existing documents by and to Hamilton, including all editorial annotation provided by the original editors, as well as enhancements specific to the digital edition.

Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition
All thirty-six volumes of Jefferson's writings and the first seven volumes of the Retirement Series.

All can be found on the Library's databases page.

FIVE is accepting submissions for the next issue (Spring 2014).

Papers should, at minimum,


  • Present an argument with a clearly articulated claim

  • Develop the argument with effective and appropriate evidence

  • Employ clear and engaging prose

Submissions must be received by Oct. 11, 2013.

FMI: http://bit.ly/5C-Five

Happy Constitution Day! On Sept 17, 226 years ago, the Constitution of the United States was ratified. To celebrate Constitution Day, The Claremont Colleges Library is offering two events :

-Free Constitutions at the Services Desk of Honnold/Mudd while supplies last (Sept 17 only).

-On Thursday, 9/19 please join us for our annual Claremont Discourse Constitution Day Panel, sponsored by The Claremont Colleges Library.

Is Education a(n) (implied) Constitutional Right?
Panelists: William Perez (CGU), Gilda Ochoa (Pomona), David Menefee-Libey (Pomona)
Moderated by Jacob Adams (CGU)
Welcoming remarks by Kevin Mulroy, A.J. McFadden Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library.
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 4:15PM
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

The Founders had a lot to say on the importance of education and book learning to the survival of the early republic. The Constitution, however -- a document just as important for what it doesn't say as what it says -- never mentions education or schooling or book learning. As so often is the case with constitutional lacunae, the omission of any mention of education in the Constitution is interpreted as a call for the states to make schooling their domain. And yet the federal government constantly involves itself in education -- from funding (or the withholding of funds) to setting standards under programs such as "No Child Left Behind." To help recognize our national celebration of Constitution Day, we've assembled a panel of Claremont faculty to discuss and sort out the contradictions in federal educational policies and the ways in which The Constitution does or does not inform our national mission of education.

Find It! Solve It! Spin It! Win It!

Claremont Colleges students: play the game, learn your way around the library, and win prizes!
Game dates: Saturday-Sunday, September 14-22
Drawing for the Grand Prize (an Apple iPad mini): Monday, September 23 at 3pm
Come to the Services Desk in Honnold/Mudd Library and ask for the Library Game instructions. Discover locations around the library. At each location, find the poster with the colorful Prize Wheel and a word. Find all the locations and use the words to complete a quotation. Everyone who turns in a completed form can spin the Prize Wheel, win a prize right then, and enter the GRAND PRIZE drawing to win $50 Gift Cards to Huntley Bookstore, $50 Claremont Cash cards, or the GRAND PRIZE: an Apple iPad mini!

The Library Has Your Course Readings

Honnold/Mudd Library now purchases all the books that your professors have designated as required for your courses. You will see these in the online catalog Blais, available as e-books or in print with "7-Day Loan" in the Location box. Please see the example below. If the book you need is borrowed by another user, you can request it. The books may be renewed indefinitely, as long as they are not requested by another user.
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Banned Books Month--Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Honnold/Mudd Library is celebrating Banned Books Week all month long! Stop by the Library to check out a banned book, or pick up some neat-o banned books swag.

We're also holding a Banned Books trivia contest on Facebook and Twitter! Stop by every weekday morning at 8 a.m. to enter. Each correct answer will get you one entry in a drawing for one of three $50 gift cards! Winners will be announced on October 1.

Want to find out more about banned books (and maybe find some trivia hints)? Check out our Banned Books guide, or the American Library Association's Banned Books page.

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