The College Archives contain administrative records from the time of the College's foundation onwards, and some from the medieval priory which stood on the same site.
Collections in the Jesus College Archives include:
- Administrative records, mostly relating to the College's governance, finances, and properties.
- Medieval deeds and account rolls from the priory that preceded the College. For a catalogue see the Janus website.
- Information about former Fellows and students, primarily those who are deceased.
- Collections of personal papers. The largest of these relates to Jacob Bronowski (1909-74). We also hold letters written by E.D. Clarke (1769-1822), papers concerning the dismissal of William Frend (1757-1841), and part of the correspondence of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- July 2018: Roundels and 'yellow staind glass'
- June 2018: James Webster and the construction of K staircase
- May 2018: An Italian neighbour
- April 2018: Fundraising in the 18th century
- March 2018: The Cricket Pavilion
- February 2018: "My first term at Cambridge, 1828"
- January 2018: "Low Wench" or "Suffering Child"?
- December 2017: Jesus College Christmas Cards
- November 2017: Sir Thomas Knyvet and the Gunpowder Plot
- October 2017: The origins of West Court
- September 2017: “a spectacular and disturbing year” – the 1930s diaries of Richard Sutton
- August 2017: Malcolm IV
- July 2017: Labels and Dripstones
- June 2017: 1968 May Ball
- May 2017: The Pensioners' Tables Hall Fund
- April 2017: Get thee to a Chapter House
- March 2017: Mr. North's Instruments
- February 2017: Living in Tewin
- January 2017: Pathos, fire and fun
- December 2016: Christmas and Bacchides
- November 2016: Opening of the Quincentenary Library
Visiting the archives
The Archives office is on the ground floor of East House. It doubles as a reading room for visitors.
Please email email@example.com 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.
You're allowed to photograph materials in the archive for the purpose of private research, but there is a form to fill in.
Photography for the purpose of publication can be arranged on request; you'll need to complete a permission form and you may need to pay a fee, depending on the nature of the publication.
Enquiries should be directed to the Archivist, Mr. Robert Athol. Readers are admitted only by appointment. We prefer to receive enquiries by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , 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 email@example.com.
We don't 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.