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Image of A photo of Jesus First Boat 1879 from the Archives (Ref: PHO/13/16/18)
Jesus College Archives Ref: PHO/13/16/18

College Archives

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.

Our collections

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 

Visiting the archives

The Archives office is on the ground floor of East House. It doubles as a reading room for visitors.

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.


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 , 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 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.

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