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GWS Collections at Claremont College Libraries

Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

The archive illuminates the experiences not just of the LGBTQ community as a whole, but of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. Historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals are featured, as well as publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis.

This collection is located in Honnold-Mudd Library.

China Missionaries Collections: Grace Rowley Papers

The collection contain correspondence, diaries, writings, photographs, reports, article clippings, and booklets that document the experiences of American missionaries and educators in China. This collection was assembled through the China Missionaries Oral History Project at Claremont Graduate School from 1969-1971. The collection covers the years 1889-1972 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1910-1950.

This collection is located in Honnold-Mudd Library.

Ida Rust Macpherson Collection

The Ida Rust Macpherson Collection is of particular significance. Established in 1936, it is the earliest major collection on women at any women’s college in the United States. These more than three thousand volumes by and about women are predominantly primary, published source material: diaries, letters, journals, memoirs, and autobiographies. Four major areas of concentration are: Emancipation and Reform; Domestic History; Westward Expansion; and Woman in the Humanist Tradition. Originally a book collection, holdings of manuscripts of women of literary and historical significance are growing. Among those represented are Marie Corelli, Eva Le Gallienne, Marianne Moore, May Sarton, and Gertrude Stein. The Macpherson Collection features about 170 women’s periodicals from the late 18th century to the present, with many 19th century titles. Particularly notable is the extensive collection of woman printers and book designers from the earliest printed books to the work of contemporary printers. One of the Library’s incunabula, La Historia D’Alexandro Magno, printed by Florentine Dominican nuns in 1478, is here along with Elizabeth Redman’s 1540 printing of the Magna Carta. Of more recent interest is the work of the Cuala Press founded in Dublin in 1903 by Elizabeth Corbett Yeats, and that of Helen Gentry, and Jane Grabhorn. Distinctive work of the most outstanding contemporary women printers and book artists is represented by that of Claire Van Vliet, Betsy Davids, Julie Chen, Carolee Campbell, Johanna Drucker, Roswitha Quadflieg, Sandra Reese, and Susan King. Although most of the Macpherson Collection is housed separately, work of contemporary women printers is in the Rare Book Room where many of Denison’s special collections and manuscripts are centered.

This collection is located in Denison Library.

Ellen B. Scripps Collection

The Ellen Browning Scripps Collection contains correspondence, financial material, newspaper business documents, travel materials, diaries, and materials documenting Ellen Browning Scripps’s many philanthropic activities. Her philanthropies include Scripps College, Scripps Clinic and Hospital, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and many other local and national projects, organizations, and institutions. The collection covers the years 1840 to 2000 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1880 to 1936. This collection also contains materials of J.C. Harper, E.W. Scripps, and other family members, business acquaintances and friends who had close relationships to Ellen Browning Scripps.

Ellen Browning Scripps, educator, publisher, and philanthropist, was born on October 18, 1836. Her middle name “Browning” commemorates the minister who converted her grandmother and baptized her mother. Ellen lived with her parents on 13 South Molton Street in St. George Parish, London, until the death of her mother in 1841. She was then placed in a boarding school for three years.

This collection is located in Honnold-Mudd Library.

Women’s Magazines Archive


The Women’s Suffrage and Equal Rights Collection

The Claremont Colleges and Digital Library has just launched a new online resource from the Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College: The Women’s Suffrage and Equal Rights Collection.   Featuring leaflets, flyers, clippings and memorabilia about the American women’s suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th century, with an emphasis on California’s history, it also includes rare articles from Great Britain, India, Japan, Canada and Western Europe.   Upcoming this semester: the Women’s Employment Collection and the Susan B. Anthony Collection, with more unique resources from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

You’ll find more information at the Ella Strong Denison Library Facebook page.

Women’s Employment, United States and Great Britain in the Early 20th Century

The Women’s Employment, United States and Great Britain in the Early 20th Century Collection is held in the Macpherson Collection by and about Women at the Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College.  Contents include magazine articles, flyers, song lyrics, pamphlets, studies, and clippings, published by labor unions, women’s groups, consumers’ leagues, and government bureaus.

For more details about the Women’s Employment, United States and Great Britain in the Early 20th Century Collection, please e-mail Denison@scrippscollege.edu, or consult the OAC Guide.