– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.

Lunchtime Talk: Unlocking Archives 4

cartoon007bLunchtime talk: Unlocking Archives

a new series about research in Balliol College’s special collections

Living with the Jowett Papers

Dr Robin Darwall-Smith
Archivist,
Magdalen & University Colleges

Activity in the archives  does not lessen as the end of term draws near, and the fourth talk in our new Unlocking Archives series about research in Balliol’s special collections is nearly upon us. This time we’ll hear from an archivist about the sometimes-surprising process of cataloguing a large collection of 19th century personal papers. I do hope some of you will be able to make it for  an expert discussion of one of our most interesting collections – please share the announcement. NB this month’s talk is on a Thursday lunchtime rather than the usual Friday.

Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893, Master of Balliol 1870-93) is best known as a translator of Plato into English and an innovative and influential Master of Balliol. His papers are one of the most-consulted of Balliol’s manuscript collections – both because of their content and because they are our best-catalogued collection. They are especially valued by researchers for their vast store of correspondence and documentation of major administrative changes in the late 19th-century college and wider University. Few researchers, however, have Robin Darwall-Smith’s depth of knowledge of what is revealed in the papers about Jowett himself. Come along next Thursday and find out about the man behind the legend!

Thursday 20 June, 1-2 pm

Balliol Historic Collections Centre

St Cross Church, Manor Road

* all welcome *

Robin Darwall-Smith read Classics at Univ. as an undergraduate and a postgraduate, before training as an archivist at the University of Liverpool. His first job after qualifying was to catalogue the papers of Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893, Master of Balliol 1870-93) at Balliol. After spending some years working at Oxfordshire Record Office, he has been Archivist of University College and of Magdalen College since 1993 and 1996 respectively.

Feel free to bring your lunch. The talk will last no more than half an hour, to allow time for questions and discussion afterwards, and a closer look at some of the Balliol MSS discussed.

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