The Archival Collections

The College's policy is to collect and preserve material concerned with all aspects of its history. Christ's Archival Collections are categorised in two segments - personal papers and College administrative documentation. Personal papers of former students, Fellows, and Masters are housed in the Library while administrative documents are housed in the Muniments.

old library books

The Library's archival material is in a collection entitled the Fellows' Papers. The current catalogue, describing these holdings to collection level, can be downloaded here.


Major collections of personal papers include:

  • Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-84), poet
  • Charles Darwin (1809-82), naturalist
  • Donald H.W. Dickson (1924-), scientist
  • Brian Westerdale Downs (1893-1984), linguist
  • Douglas Rayner Hartree (1897-1958), mathematical physicist
  • Henry More (1614-87), theologian
  • William Henry Denham Rouse (1863-1950), classical scholar
  • Charles Lesingham Smith (1806-78), mathematician
  • David Stanbury (1933-97), teacher and naturalist
  • Lord Alexander R. Todd (1907-97), chemist


Many of the Library's archival holdings have been entered into Janus, the catalogue of archival and manuscript collections for the University of Cambridge.

Requests to view these materials should be made to the College Librarian, John Wagstaff (telephone: 01223 334950; email: or to the Assistant Librarian, Sam Hughes (telephone: 01223 334927; email:

Archive enquiries relating to the administrative history of the College and its properties should be addressed to the Honorary Keeper of the Archives, Professor Geoffrey Martin at: