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Image of Jesus College Grant of Arms. Archive Ref: JCGB/4/2
Jesus College Grant of Arms. Archive Ref: JCGB/4/2

College Archives

The College Archives contain a broad range of records relating to all aspects of the College's history since its foundation in 1496 and also some records relating to the medieval priory which stood on the same site.

Our collections

Collections in the Jesus College Archives include:

An online catalogue containing information about these collections can be accessed at

Archive of the month

Each month, we present a document or documents created in the same month of a previous year of the College’s history. If you would like any further information about the featured document or would like to join the Archive of the Month mailing list for notification when each article is published, please email 

See if you can spot yourself

Photographs are one of the many types of record that make up the diverse collections in the College Archives. These have found their way to the Archives by various means, sometimes transferred by College departments or donated by alumni and members of the College. Unfortunately, however, many of the individuals shown in the photographs are unidentified and so the Archives are hoping that members of the College, past and present, will be able to help identify those anonymous individuals in the photographs. Please click here to see some of these photographs, and if you are able to assist with identification, please let the Archivist know by e-mailing

Visiting the archives

Please email to make an appointment if you would like to use the archives, and bring a letter of introduction with you on your first visit. Available visiting times may vary depending upon staff working hours and other commitments, so please contact us to make an appointment well in advance of your intended visit. 


Photography of materials in the archive is permitted for the purpose of private research, but the necessary form needs to be completed. If any images are to be used in publications then copyright licences and relevant permission forms also need to be completed. There may also be a fee associated with the reproduction, depending on the nature of the publication.


Enquiries should be directed to the Archivist, Mr. Robert Athol. Researchers are admitted by appointment only. We prefer to receive enquiries by e-mail at , although postal enquiries can be sent to Jesus College, Cambridge CB5 8BL.

Enquiries about members of the College from previous years who are still alive (or likely to be so) should be directed to the Development Office by emailing

We do not charge a fee for answering enquiries, but donations to assist in the care and conservation of our holdings are always welcome. Find out how to make a donation.

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