A combinatorial Fab phage display library was generated from the antibody variable region genes of each of 2 BALB/c mice immunized with the human colorectal cancer cell lines SW480, SW948, and SW837. These libraries were shown to be diverse by nucleotide sequencing and diagnostic restriction enzyme digestion (fingerprinting) of individual members. The two libraries were combined and selected for binding to a suspension of formaldehyde-fixed human colorectal cancer cells in two successive rounds of selection and phage amplification by infection of bacteria. Analysis of the selected libraries as well as individual library clones by ELISA, showed binding to the cancer cell lines in both formaldehyde-fixed and native forms. Fifty five percent and 94% of library clones were positive for colorectal cancer cell binding after the first and second rounds of selection, respectively. Fingerprinting of individual clones showed the first round selected library to be very diverse and the second round selected library to be of more limited diversity. After absorption with normal human cell types, these anti-cancer selected libraries could be used to develop therapeutic and/or diagnostic agents.