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Frank Ellsworth Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H-Mss-0293

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Ellsworth's papers from his time as President of Pitzer College. Items include reports, speeches, addresses, comments, and Board of Trustees meeting information.


  • Creation: 1979-1991 and undated


Language of Materials

Languages represented in the collection: English.


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biographical / Administrative History

Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth served as President of Pitzer College from 1979 until 1991. He was the college’s third president, and at the time of his appointment he was the youngest person to hold the position in the history of The Claremont Colleges. Earning his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Dr. Ellsworth’s career consisted of both teaching and administration at institutions across the country. Some of these have included Penn State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and his alma mater the University of Chicago. While at Pitzer, he “initiated one of the earliest culture-based language learning programs in association with ISA International, a Tokyo-based company.”

Dr. Ellsworth resigned from the college in 1991, after which he became president of the “…Independent Colleges of Southern California, an association of private institutions of higher education.” He has served as an academic and administrator at many diverse institutions.


“Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth.” Global Partners: One World, One Family. (accessed February 16, 2018).

“Pitzer College President Frank Ellsworth to Resign, December 18, 1990” Los Angeles Times. (accessed February 16, 2018).


2 Linear Feet (2 records boxes)


This collection contains the papers of Pitzer College's third president, Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth. A graducate of University of Chicago, Dr. Ellsworth's career has included both teaching and administrative roles at colleges across the country. Materials include speeches, addresses, comments and administrative notes from his time at Pitzer.

Organization and Arrangement

Items are arranged chronologically on a file level.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance / Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frank Ellsworth, 1991.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Infomation

Materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes. Items were arranged in chronological order.

Frank Ellsworth Papers
Finding aid prepared by Sara Chetney, MA
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections & Archives, The Claremont Colleges Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States