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The Claremont Colleges Special Collections Autograph and Manuscript Collection

 Collection
Identifier: H-Mss-1045

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscripts by various historical figures and lesser known writers. Items range from an illuminated manuscript leaf from approximately the 16th century, to a check to Eleanor Roosevelt from the Griffith Park Democratic Women, to Yoshiko Tanabe’s letter from a Japanese internment camp in the 1940s. Materials are primarily written in English, with Latin and Japanese texts. Correspondence from literary figures such as English poet Matthew Arnold, nature writer Mary Austin, novelist Pearl S. Buck, and American food writer M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher are a part of this collection. Some notable figures in the collection include United States Presidents John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington, as well as correspondence by scientists Albert Einstein and Louis Pasteur. There are letters by French businessman, artist, and traveler Jean Beraud-Villars, Pomona College graduate and administrator Robert J. Bernard, landscape gardener and landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, and American cartoonist Gluyas Williams. Also included in this collection are the William R. Stokes Civil War papers which are comprised of certificates of commission, army pension documents, E. H. Gelston and Company correspondence, attorney Allan Rutherford correspondence, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers correspondence, and personal papers.

Dates

  • 1501-1993 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1811-1972

Creator

Language of Materials

Languages represented in the collection: English, Spanish, Japanese, and Latin.

Access

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

This is an artificial collection created by Special Collections of Honnold/Mudd Library to contain manuscript materials relating to and created by notable authors, politicians, scientists, and historical figures. The collection includes letters, typescripts, certificates, photographs, and ephemera. These manuscripts were found laid in books housed in Special Collections, donated by professors and friends of the Claremont Colleges, or purchased.

Extent

5.4 Linear Feet (1 document box, 4 flat boxes, and 1 oversized flat box)

Overview

The Claremont Colleges Special Collections Autograph and Manuscript Collection collection was formed by Special Collections of the Claremont Colleges Library to house its various singular manuscript materials created by authors, politicians, and scientists, and other notable figures. The collection includes handwritten letters, typescripts, certificates, photographs, and ephemera. The materials within this collection range widely in creation date and subject, from an illuminated manuscript leaf from approximately the 16th century, to a check to Eleanor Roosevelt from the Griffith Park Democratic Women, letters from Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), and Yoshiko Tanabe’s letter from a Japanese internment camp in the 1940s.

Arrangement

Titles are arranged in alphabetical order.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically at an item level. For search and reference purposes, the items are arranged into artificial series.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance / Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired through donations and purchases.

Accruals

Additions to the collection are anticipated.

Separated Materials

Arnold, Matthew. "My dear Bryant," undated. SEE CARD FILE

Arnold, Matthew. "My dear Cowie," 1868 November 21. SEE CARD FILE

Arnold, Matthew. "Dear Sir" (Frederich Langbridge, Esquire)," 1882 February 8. SEE CARD FILE

Processing Information

Data entry by Patricia Fouts (2014), data expanded by Tanya Kato (2016), and Sara Chetney (2017). Items in this collection were primarily processed at the item level. Items are foldered and housed in acid free boxes. The folders are labeled with “HM” numbers representing “Honnold Manuscript” and numeration is continuous throughout the boxes.
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

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

Contact:
800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States