Summary catalogue - Student life
There is little to be found about undergraduate studies anywhere in the College records before about 1775, because the arrangements between a Tutor and his pupils were previously a matter of private contract. Payments for tuition and other academic expenses begin to appear in the Bursars' Books during the last quarter of the 18th century. The English Registers, and to a lesser extent the Latin Register, chronicle academic matters from about 1810: in recent years the minutes of Tutorial Board and the Academic Committee (see II.D.2) are the main source. There are two other classes of particular interest:
(a) Records of Collections
It has been the custom in Balliol since about 1805 for members to have their work assessed by their Tutors in the presence of the Master at the end of each term - 'Collections', 'Examinations' or 'Handshaking'. Records of these occasions are extant for 1812 - 1825, 1833 - 1841, 1841 - 1846, 1846 - 1852, 1852 - 1868, 1872 - 1873, and for men matriculating 1921 - 1925. Up to 1868 there is considerable detail, extending to lists of prescribed books and Tutors' comments.
(b) Tuition Accounts
19th - 20th centuries, incomplete. These record payments for teaching done and are of value for the identification of Tutors who were not Fellows, which sometimes presents problems.
The Latin and English registers of all periods mention disciplinary matters but rarely with much detail. Practically no other records of individual offences have been preserved but there is a Dean's Book, 1936 - 1951, with notes on disciplinary conventions, penalties, etc. Many editions of the printed Rules, 19th - 20th centuries, are available and there is substantial material relating to the topic of discipline in general, 1965 - 1975.
In 1850, Henry Wall (Fellow 1839 - 1871), who was of a litigious disposition, protested to the Visitor over, inter alia, the way disciplinary matters had been taken over by the Master and Tutors, contrary to the letter of the Statutes. His lengthy submission (which was accompanied by extensive extracts of disciplinary resolutions from the Latin Registers ca. 1750 - 1850) and the counter-arguments of the Master (Richard Jenkyns) and his colleagues EC Woolcombe, WC Lake and Benjamin Jowett are full of information about attitudes to the subject.
Literary, Debating, and Dining Societies
Programmes, minutes and printed ephemera survive for the following societies:
There is also some miscellaneous material relating to societies and their activities, including the dining book of an unidentified society, 1900 - 1910.
Collected concert programmes, minutes and accounts, 1885 - 1981. * All surviving Balliol Sunday Concert programmes held in the college archives have been fully indexed, and the index is available in database form on request - contact the Archivist.
A notebook of the Shakespeare Society, 1867 - 1868, gives the names of members, plays read and cast lists, and there is a substantial amount of miscellaneous material relating to the Balliol Players, 1923 - 1978.
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