Summary catalogue - Related subfonds
Records of Persons and Institutions relating to Balliol College
There is a substantial collection of secondary material concerning the Balliol Family and sites associated with them ( Buittle Castle and Bailleul-en-Vimeu in particular); also the records of the 'Balliol Earthworks Survey' directed by JP Maitland, 1923-1938.
Roger Mander's accounts as Vice-Chancellor, 1700 - 1702.
Balliol purchased the site of New Inn Hall in 1878 and subsequently absorbed its assets and members. The site was sold in 1895. There are papers concerning the purchase and sale (with some detailed plans) and the members of New Inn Hall affected by the takeover. New Inn Hall records which passed to Balliol include about 20 volumes of Battels Books, Buttery Books, Accounts, etc. of the period 1830 - 1887, and an Admissions Register for 1831 - 1886. No pre-1800 records for New Inn Hall or its members survive at Balliol. Detailed listing of New Inn Hall records here.
Approximately 160 items concerning properties and business of the Leigh and Cooke families and their connections, mostly 18th and 19th centuries. These do not concern College business: they were purchased because of their relevance to Theophilus Leigh, Master 1726-1785 (and great uncle to Jane Austen), many of whose relatives were members of the College . Detailed listing by Robert Cooke here.
AD Lindsay's papers as a Governor of Blundell's School, 1917 - 1934.
Balliol was closely connected with the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) and related movements as a result of the activities of AL Smith (Fellow, 1906 - 1922, Master 1924 - 1949) through whose offices it was also regularly the venue for WEA Summer Schools. Two files are of particular interest:
A Boys' Club in South Oxford was started with Balliol support in 1907 and consolidated in 1921 as a memorial to Keith Rae (TEK Rae, Balliol, 1907). It flourished until the late sixties, when it was swallowed by City developments . The 1921 endowment survives as the Keith Rae Trust which supports Youth Clubs and similar organisations. Material about the Club in the Archives includes:
N.B. Balliol College does not hold personal information about any of the boys who were members of the Balliol Boys' Club.
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