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Poe Family Collection of Pomoniana

Identifier: PC-0032

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection includes Pomona College-related materials belonging to the Poe Family (Arlo, Nadine, and Joan) from 1920 to 1949. Among the collection materials are programs for football games, track meets, and dance events, as well as graduation materials for the 1923, 1924, and 1927 commencement ceremonies. A selection of photographs capture campus events and class members from the early 1920s, while a collection of photographic postcards feature images of campus buildings. A selection of artifact and textile items are also featured, which include a Pomona College mark pin, Pomona College watch chain fob belonging to Arlo Poe, a gym uniform belonging to Nadine Poe, and a Mortar Board Society pin and Class of 1949 Nikean banner belonging to Joan Poe. A scrapbook created by Nadine Poe captures clippings, photos, event programs, and brochures highlighting campus life at Pomona College from 1920 to 1924.


  • Creation: 1920-1949
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1927

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

Arlo David Poe graduated from Pomona College with the Class of 1923 and was an active student throughout his Pomona College career. Poe worked on The Student Life newspaper, was a part of the Metate yearbook staff, served as class secretary, and was a member of the Waiters’ Union, Lyceum Debating Society, and Kappa Delta fraternity - serving as president of latter two organizations during his senior year. Arlo’s wife Nadine Lucille (Merriam) Poe graduated from Pomona College in 1924 where she was an economics major, student athlete on the tennis and women’s baseball teams, a Delta Lambda sorority member, and a part of the library staff. Arlo and Nadine’s daughter Joan (Poe) Lowry also attended Pomona College, graduating in 1949.


1.6 Linear Feet (1 half-size document box, 1 flat storage box, 1 oversized flat storage box)


The Poe Family Collection of Pomoniana features materials belonging to alumni Arlo David Poe (’23), Nadine Lucille (Merriam) Poe (’24), and Joan (Poe) Lowry (’49) that highlight campus life and events at Pomona College from 1920 to 1949.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joan Poe Lowry, 2015.


Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

Poe Family Collection of Pomoniana
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