Modern manuscripts (19th - 20th centuries)
Introduction to modern manuscripts
Baliol's post-1600 manuscript holdings are very extensive and range from individual items to major collections of family or individual papers. A detailed and fully indexed Catalogue has been published for our collections concerning Benjamin Jowett (Master 1870-1893, previously a Fellow): Robin Darwall-Smith, The Jowett Papers (1993).
There is important material for the history of the College in several collections, notably in the Jowett holdings, the Jenkyns Family Collection (which include the papers of Richard Jenkyns, Master 1819-1854, previously a Fellow), the Conroy Papers (which include the papers of Sir John Conroy FRS 3rd Bart, Fellow, died 1900), the papers of JL Strachan Davidson (Master 1908-1916, previously a Fellow), the papers of AL Smith (Master 1916-1924, also previously a Fellow) and so on.
The modern papers collections are now open to readers by apopintment in the new facilities at St Cross Church, Holywell, not in the College Library. Enquiries about the collections and requests to access the modern manuscripts should be made in writing to the College Archivist and curator of manuscripts, Anna Sander. Further information and more detailed catalogues in hard copy are available for most collections on request.
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The archives and manuscript collections of Balliol College are open by appointment to enquirers in person in their new accommodation at St Cross Church, Holywell.
Enquiries should be sent in writing (email or post) to the Archivist in the first instance.
There is no charge for Archive enquiries, but donations for Archive purposes are always appreciated.