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E. C. Norton Papers

Identifier: H-Mss-0580

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains autobiographical and biographical notes, correspondence written as Dean of Pomona College, speeches and addresses given by Norton, photographs, correspondence by and about his Amhearst colleagues, and various clippings. Notable materials include a handwritten geneology for the Norton family that traces back to the time of William the Conqueror,and Norton's autobiography.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1890-1940



Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

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

Biographical / Historical

Edwin Clarence Norton has the distinction of serving as the first Dean of Pomona College, a position he held from 1893 until his retirement from the school in 1926. Norton first came to Pomona College in 1888 as a professor of Greek and the principal of the Preparatory Department. A graduate of Amhearst College and Yale University, Norton stayed in touch with his fellow graduates, corresponding often. Norton's memory is honored through Pomona College's 'Edwin Clarence Norton Professor of Classics' faculty position.


9 boxes (7 document boxes, 2 short document boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains documents relating to Edwin Clarence Norton, the first Dean of Pomona college. Norton served as Dean from 1893 until his retirement in 1926, but was active at the college since 1888. These papers contain autobiographical materials, speeches, correspondence, and other materials relating to Norton's life and especially his time at Pomona College and in the Claremont area.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized at the file level. Original order has been maintained.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance / Source of Acquisition

Gift of Katherine N. Benner, E.C. Norton's daughter. Donated to Pomona College in 1960, and acquired by Special Collections in 1993.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Infomation

This collection was minimally processed, with all materials kept in their original order. Items were rehoused in archival folders and boxes. Materials too large for a standard folder, such as journals and magazines, were placed in their own document boxes.

E. C. Norton Papers
Finding aid prepared by Sara Chetney, MA.
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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