The College Archives
The College Archives aim to provide a record of the College as an institution, as well as of its current and former members. The Archives holds records dating from the sixteenth century up to the present day.
The collections comprise several different types of records:
- Records relating to the administration and governance of the College.
- Records relating to the College’s estates and buildings.
- Drawings, plans, maps and photographs relating to the history and development of the College.
- Personal papers of past and present students and Fellows.
- Records relating to student groups and organisations associated with the College.
- Photographs of College buildings, people and events.
Notable collections include the papers of several former Masters of Magdalene College, among them Daniel Waterland (1683-1740), Peter Peckard (1718-1797), and A. C. Benson (1862-1925), as well as the papers of other well-known alumni, such as Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), and George Mallory (1886-1924).
The Archives are currently housed in multiple locations, with the historic core of the collection based in the Old Library, but will be moving to a new purpose-built Archive Centre. The Archive Centre will bring the College’s archival collections together and ensure their preservation for future generations. The Centre will also include a reading room for students and researchers, with the aim of widening access to the Archives’ holdings.
The Archives’ collections are also explored in our programme of events for the Friends of the Pepys Library.
Visiting the Archives
The Archives are available for use by students, staff and Fellows of Magdalene College, the wider academic community and the public. Researchers wishing to consult items in the collection must contact the Archivist in advance to arrange an appointment.
Enquiries relating to the College Archive collections should be directed to the Archivist. We do not offer a research service and are unable to undertake in-depth research on your behalf. We may recommend that you visit us in person.
Photographing, Copying or Publishing material from the Archives
Photography is not permitted in the Archives. Images can be purchased for private use from the Archives subject.