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.
Collections in the Jesus College Archives include:
- Archaeological archives for excavations which have taken place on the College site since 1992 which include reports, archaeological finds and schedules.
- Administrative records, including those relating to the College's governance, finances and properties.
- Medieval deeds and account rolls from the priory that preceded the College.
- Information about former Fellows and students, primarily those who are deceased.
- Records of some of the College's student clubs and societies.
- Collections of personal and research papers. The largest of these relates to Jacob Bronowski (1909-74). We also hold letters written by Edward Daniel Clarke (1769-1822), papers concerning the dismissal of William Frend (1757-1841), and part of the correspondence of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944).
An online catalogue containing information about these collections can be accessed at https://collegecollections.jesus.cam.ac.uk
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 email@example.com
- January 2022: Freddy Brittain
- December 2021: Cambridge Waits
- November 2021: Manor Place Development
- October 2021: Whose album is it anyway?
- June 2021: Past May Balls
- February 2020: "A notorious character"
- December 2019: Felix Culpa
- August 2019: "your old scholar and bedman"
- July 2019: Silver for the King
- June 2019: The Tempest, 1956
- May 2019: College crests
- April 2019: Laurence Sterne's chair
- March 2019: Constable in the Chapel
- February 2019: Let there be light!
- January 2019: Laurence Picken collection
- December 2018: Audit Feast
- November 2018: Centenary of the First World War
- October 2018: King Street redevelopment
- September 2018: New additions to the Bronowski Collection
- August 2018: Jesuans at Bletchley Park
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting the archives
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 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 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 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.