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Hart Institute for American History Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Hart Institute for American History Collection
    Dates: 1993-2011
    Collection number: PC.0007
    Extent: 1.4 Linear Feet (1 record carton, 1 document box)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, CA 91711.
    Abstract: This collection includes ephemeral and audiovisual materials relating to Pomona College's Hart Institute for American History and its sponsored lecture series.
    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], Hart Institute for American History Collection (PC-0007). Pomona College Archives, Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Transfer from Michele Palstring, 2011.


    Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

    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.

    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.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following two series:
    • Series 1: Ephemera, 2001-2011
    • Series 2: Media, 1993-2008

    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.)
    Lectures and lecturing

    Genre and Form of Materials

    Audio-visual materials
    Compact discs