Poe Family Collection of Pomoniana

Sean Stanley
Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library
800 North Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
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Email: specialcollections@claremont.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Poe Family Collection of Pomoniana
Dates: 1920-1949
Bulk Dates: 1920-1927
Collection number: PC.0032
Extent: 1.6 Linear Feet (1 half-size document box, 1 flat storage box, 1 oversized flat storage box)
Repository: 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: English.

Administrative Information


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

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

Preferred Citation

[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 to 1924.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library’s online public access catalog.

Subject Terms

Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
Alumni and alumnae
College campuses
College students
Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society

Genre and Form of Materials

Clothing and dress

Box 1, Folder 1

Event programs 1922-1924, 1927

Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs 1920, 1923

Box 1, Folder 3

Campus views postcards circa 1924

Box 1, Folder 4

Dance cards 1922-1923, 1927, undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Pomona College memorabilia circa 1920, 1948

Box 2

Nadine Merriam Scrapbook 1920-1924

Box 3, Object 1

Nadine Merriam women's gym uniform circa 1924

Box 3, Object 2

Class of 1949 Nikean banner 1949