James A. Blaisdell papers, 1853-1984 (bulk 1885-1957).


Blaisdell, James Arnold, 1867-1957. James A. Blaisdell papers, 1853-1984 (bulk 1885-1957).

James A. Blaisdell papers, 1853-1984 (bulk 1885-1957).

Part of the Claremont Colleges Archives, the collection contains papers from Blaisdell's personal, family, and professional life, including correspondence, memos, clippings, brochures, reports, minutes, articles, addresses, and sermons. It is rich in source material for the study of the founding of the Group Plan of the Claremont Colleges and the history of the Claremont Colleges.

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