– 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.

remote enquiries 2013

Today, to use a seasonally inappropriate phrase, I’ve been making a list and checking it twice, and according to said list I received 871 enquiries last year. That’s remote enquiries (some college, mostly external) each requiring some individual research/checking and a substantive reply, not including simple requests for appointments or reprographics, nor including researchers in person at St Cross. Average 72/month – quietest month September with 51 (when we were closed to researchers but open to the public for much of the month), busiest November with 96. When I started in this post 9 years ago the average was 35/month.

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