College Archives

It is the College's policy to collect and preserve material concerned with all aspects of its history. As a result, its holdings of archival material are substantial.

A Word document describing the Library's holdings of post-medieval manuscripts and personal papers at collection level can be downloaded here.

Major collections of personal papers include:

  • Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-1884), poet
  • Charles Darwin (1809-1882), naturalist
  • D.H.W. Dickson (1924-), scientist
  • Brian Westerdale Downs (1893-1984), linguist
  • Douglas Rayner Hartree (1897-1958), mathematical physicist
  • John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861), botanist
  • Henry More (1614-1687), theologian
  • William Henry Denham Rouse (1863-1950), classical scholar
  • Charles Lesingham Smith (1806-1878), mathematician
  • David Stanbury (1933-1997), teacher and naturalist
  • Lord Todd (1907-1997), chemist

In addition, work has begun to enter the Library's archival collections onto Janus, the catalogue of archival collections for the University of Cambridge.

Requests to view these should be made to the College Librarian, John Wagstaff (telephone: 01223 334950 ; email: or to the Assistant Librarian, Charlotte Hoare (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:


Maintained by Amelie Roper | Last updated Fri, 18 Aug 2017 - 10:32am