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On display at The Claremont Colleges Library north entrance lobby is a selection of East Asian rare books and art works ranging from the early 11th century to the early 20th century that are held in The Claremont Colleges Library's Asian Library and Special Collections, and in the Denison Library and Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. These works exemplify the unique features and characteristics of traditional East Asian books and prints. These valuable collections came to Claremont via a variety of channels, but mostly through the generosity of private donors. They have been indispensable resources to faculty and students' research, teaching, and learning. The exhibition highlights the teaching and research value of these resources and acknowledges donors whose generosity created the collections and keeps them in pristine condition.

Curated by Xiuying Zou, Head of the Asian Library, The Claremont Colleges Library.
On display through May 31, 2018.

For more information, contact Ashley Larson at 909-607-3987 or

CLIR CCEPS Student Presentations - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CLIR CCEPS Culminating Presentations
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

Special Collections and Libraries and the CLIRWater team would like to invite you to the culminating presentations of the summer and fall 2017 CCEPS (Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources) fellowship.

CCEPS Fellows will talk about their experiences working on the CLIRWater project, a 3-year collaborative project supported by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The CLIRWater project is dedicated to digitizing and describing materials related to water resources in Southern California.

For more information:

Archives Bazaar Talk: "Researching L.A. 101"

ArchivesBazaar.jpgPlease join us on Saturday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m. for a special talk by Lisa Crane and Stephanie George.

"Researching L.A. 101"

Presented by Lisa Crane, Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections, & Stephanie George, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum

Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.
Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, Doheny Library
3550 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Claremont Colleges will also host a booth from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Archives Bazaar. Come and visit our representatives Sara Chetney, Lisa Crane, Dorran Boyle, and Michael Palmer from Special Collections, Denison Library, and Harvey Mudd College.

Learn more about the Archives Bazaar here:

For more information: Ashley Larson | 909-607-3987 |

Learning to Perform - New Special Collections Exhibit

mozart.jpgLearning to perform music using the technology and performance conventions of the time when the music was composed requires finding the primary sources from that era to create a historically informed performance. These primary resources include performance directions written by composers; contemporary method books, dictionaries, and instructional texts; first published editions; annotations left in scores by musicians from first performances; ethnomusicological transcriptions; and early accounts of musical performances.

In this exhibit you will learn about instruments like the Chinese qin and the Grand Harmonicon, about musical notation such as figured base and shapenote, and much more. The exhibit will be on view in the North Lobby of Honnold/Mudd through Fall 2017.

For more information, please contact Special Collections: or 909-607-3977.

Image credit: Mozart, Leopold. Versuch einer gr√ľndlichen Violinschule. Augsburg: J.J. Lotter, 1800. Special Collections, MT262 M87 1800x

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