The Colby Library Associates

Founded in 1935, the Colby Library Associates were a long-standing, vital force in the acquisition of Colby’s rare and unique collections that became Special Collections.

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Text inside back cover of the Colby Library Quarterly, 1943. Pottle and Weber founded the CLA in 1935. Rush was the college librarian and CLA secretary to 1945.

Student scholarship: Read a brief history of the Colby Library Associates written by Meghan Kelly, Class of 2017, 2013-2014 Presidential Scholar.


The CLA were involved in many of the acquisitions highlighted on this site, either directly or behind the scenes. Personal relationships within the CLA membership played a large part in building and promoting the collections.