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Langdon Elsbree collection

Identifier: 0294

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains the professor's handwritten lecture notes, syllabi, handouts, and some tests and quizzes focusing mainly on British and American Literature after WWII. Some of Professor Elsbree's articles and reviews are also present. The materials are mainly from the 1980-90's, but some older information is present. This collection relates to The Claremont Colleges through the professor's ties to Claremont McKenna College.


  • Creation: 1980-1995


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

Biography of Langdon Elsbree

Langdon Elsbree was a professor at Claremont McKenna College for over 30 years. He taught Literature focusing in 19th and 20th century British and American literature. In addition to numerous articles, Professor Elsbree is well known for helping to edit six editions of Heath's College Handbook of Composition as well as co-authoring Heath's Brief Guide to Rhetoric with Fredrick Bracher, 1972 and Heath's Brief Handbook of Usage with Fredrick Bracher and Nell Altizer, 1977. Professor Elsbree had a lifelong fascination with ritual with led him to spend over 40 years photographing rituals. His photographs were exhibited in 2000 at Claremont Community Foundation. Further he wrote two books on the subject; The Rituals of Life: Patterns and Narratives, 1982 and Ritual Passages and Narrative Structures, 1991. Professor Elsbree retired from Claremont McKenna College in 1994.


6 boxes

Language of Materials


Series Arrangement

Series 1. Lecture Notes and Handouts

Physical Location

Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

Acquisition Information

Donation from Langdon Elsbree in 1994 and 2008.


No addition to the collection is anticipated.

General Physical Description note

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Processing Information

Arranged and Processed by By Neeka Cannon in 2008


Langdon Elsbree Papers
Finding aid created by Neeka Cannon
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States