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Hart Institute for American History Collection

Identifier: PC-0007

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Hart Institute for American History Collection includes ephemera and audiovisual recordings related to the institute’s annual lecture series. Ephemeral materials from 2001 to 2011 relate to each of the Hart Institute’s themed lecture series: “American Dreams,” “Public Intellectuals/Public Issues,” “American Music,” “Supreme Court Decisions,” “American Science,” “The U.S. in the World,” “American Film,” “The Environment and American Society,” “War and Society,” and “See Under: History.” The collection also includes individual lecture recordings featuring notable historians, authors, and musicologists. Audio or video recordings of the various lectures are included in the collection and in some cases both audio and video recordings of a lecture are available. Please see individual resource notes for the speaker’s name, affiliation, and lecture topic.


  • 1993-2011

Language of Materials

Languages represented in collection: English


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to the Archives.

Biography / Administrative History

The Hart Institute for American History was established at Pomona College in 2000 as a part of The Campaign for Pomona College with a gift from Gurnee F. (’51) and Marjorie Hart. The Hart Institute was established to emphasize primary sources as a basis for discussion of broad themes and problems in American history and to provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of history. From 2001 to 2011, the Hart Institute sponsored a lecture series based on topics ranging from American Film to War and Society and invited prominent researchers and historians to visit the Pomona College campus to speak about their work. In addition to the annual lecture series, the Hart Institute organized student-faculty workshops led by visiting lecturers, upper-division student and faculty seminars, grants for undergraduate summer research in American history, a publication program, summer workshops for high school and community college teachers, and projects for local high school students. An alumnus of Pomona College, Gurnee F. Hart is a retired partner and managing director at the investment firm Scudder, Stevens & Clark. Mr. Hart majored in economics at Pomona and received a master’s in business administration from the Stanford Business School. After retirement, he spent two terms reading history at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.


1.4 Linear Feet (1 record carton, 1 document box)


This collection includes ephemeral and audiovisual materials relating to Pomona College’s Hart Institute for American History and its sponsored lecture series.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following two series:

Series 1: Ephemera, 2001-2011 Series 2: Media, 1993-2008

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Michele Palstring, 2011.


Additions to the collection are not anticipated.
Hart Institute for American History Collection
Sean Stanley
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Repository Details

Part of the 06 - Pomona College Archives Repository

Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library
800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont CA 91711