Poe Family Collection of Pomoniana
Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library
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Claremont, CA 91711
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Title: Poe Family Collection of Pomoniana
Bulk Dates: 1920-1927
Collection number: PC.0032
1.6 Linear Feet
(1 half-size document box, 1 flat storage box, 1 oversized flat
Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, The Claremont
Colleges Library, Claremont, CA 91711.
Abstract: 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.
Language of Material: Languages represented in
Collection open for research.
All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to
[Identification of item], Poe Family Collection of Pomoniana (PC-0032). Pomona College
Archives, Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Joan Poe Lowry, 2015.
Additions to the collection are not anticipated.
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.
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
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library’s online public access catalog.
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
Alumni and alumnae
Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society
Genre and Form of Materials
Clothing and dress
Box 1, Folder 1
Box 1, Folder 3
Campus views postcards
Box 1, Folder 4
1922-1923, 1927, undated
Box 1, Folder 5
Pomona College memorabilia
circa 1920, 1948
Nadine Merriam Scrapbook
Box 3, Object 1
Nadine Merriam women's gym uniform
Box 3, Object 2
Class of 1949 Nikean banner