Special Collections


With the exception of the Center for Process Studies Collection, all special collections reside in the CST library, with partial exceptions that are noted. Some, but not all, are currently listed in the catalog. For access, please contact the Reference Librarian at 909-447-2511 or reference@cst.edu.

Claremont’s special collections include:

Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center Collections

One of world’s largest photographic archives of ancient Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Ethiopic, Coptic, Georgian, and Slavic Biblical, Gnostic, and related texts, including the original images of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Archives and Papers of Historical Figures, including:

  • Pacifist Kirby Page (1890-1957)
  • Bishop James C. Baker (1879-1969)
  • Dr. Mary Eliza Moxcey (1875-1970) - Leader of Religious Education Movement
  • Charles W. Hartshorne (1897-2000) - Process Thought Luminary

Curtis R. Paxman Coin Collection

Ancient Roman, Greek, Byzantine, and English coins.

Robert and Frances Flaherty Study Center

Films, still photographs, and books by pioneer filmmakers and documentarians Robert and Frances Flaherty, and related materials.

UMC Cal-Pac Annual Conference Archives

An extensive historical collection. For access, contact Linda Larsen on Mondays between 8:30am and 5pm at 909-447-6375 or email calpacarchives@cst.edu. Note: The library also houses a historical collection of journals from other Western Methodist conferences.

Other Holdings of Interest

The following rare and unique materials have not yet been added to the catalog. If you are interested in donating or grant-writing to fund the addition of these materials to an online, cataloged collection, please contact the Dean of the Library.

  • Archives of the Claremont School of Theology and its predecessors. These also include significant materials related to the early history of USC.
  • Church plates — souvenir ceramic dishes from the 1950s to the 1990s with pictures, mostly of Methodist churches in California.
  • Egyptological materials, including archaeological site reports (many are “elephant” folios with hand-colored plates).
  • Ethiopic manuscript in a leather carrying case.
  • Incunabula (books printed in Europe & Britain in the fifteenth century).
  • Nestorian Tablet rubbings. The Nestorian Tablet was a limestone stele set up in the eighth century to commemorate the arrival of Christianity in China.
  • Pali Buddhist text written on palm leaves, from Burma.
  • Wesleyana (materials by and about John and Charles Wesley and other early Methodists).