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.
Closure period in Summer 2020
The Archive will be moving to a new purpose-built Archive Centre located on the main College site during the Summer of 2020. In order to prepare for the move, the Archive will be temporarily closed to researchers and visitors in August and September 2020. Please note that there may also be a significant delay in responding to enquiries received during this period.
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by the closure of the Archive and look forward to welcoming researchers again from October 2020 onwards.
Enquiries may be directed to the Archivist by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), telephone (Mondays and Thursdays, 01223 332151) or post (The College Archives, Magdalene College, Magdalene Street, Cambridge CB3 0AG).
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.