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. Most are referenced in the Blais online 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

Ernest W. Tune Collection

Specialized publications in Coptic Studies, Nubian Christianity, Peoples of the Nile Valley and N.E. Africa

Curtis R. Paxman Coin Collection

Ancient Roman, Greek, Byzantine, and English coins

Papers and Archives 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

Robert and Frances Flaherty Study Center

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

Archives of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

An extensive, historical collection. Note: The library also houses a historical collection of journals from other Western Methodist conferences.

Other Holdings of Interest

  • Wesleyana (materials by and about John and Charles Wesley and other early Methodists)
  • Egyptological materials, including archaeological site reports (many are “elephant” folios with hand-colored plates)
  • Incunabula (books printed in Europe & Britain in the fifteenth century)
  • Archives of the Claremont School of Theology and its predecessors
  • A quaint collection of church plates — souvenir ceramic dishes from the 1950s to the 1990s with pictures – mostly of Methodist churches in California.
  • Manuscript of the Flemish Book of Hours, made by the so-called “Claremont Master”
  • Ethiopic manuscript in a leather carrying case
  • Pali Buddhist text written on palm leaves, from Burma
  • Three different rubbings of the Nestorian Tablet, a limestone stele, set up in the eighth century to commemorate the arrival of Christianity in China