– 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.

Treasures of Balliol Archives & MSS

Slides with captions from an illustrated talk given today at the St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road, Oxford. Dr John Jones spoke first, about the genesis and realisation of the St Cross building project, and I followed up with an overview of some treasures from the archives and manuscripts, and the kinds of research and related activities that go on through the year at St Cross.

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images: an estate map, part of the ornate C18 register of contributions to the silver fund by Fellow Commoners; a page from a C17 lending register from the College Library

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The oldest document at Balliol

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Dervorguilla’s Statutes of 1282

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Detail of above, showing general appearance of late C13 documentary hand and the name of Dervorguilla

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Detail of Dervorguilla’s personal seal

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The Charter of Incorporation of 1588 is so large it had to be photographed outside – this was in the days when the archives were kept in a very small and rather dark room under the stairs to Hall. How things have changed in 5 years!

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Detail of the inhabited initial of the Charter of Incorporation: portrait of Elizabeth I.

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Detail of much-worn but intact Great Seal of Elizabeth I, attached to Charter of Incorporation by black and white wool cords

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‘Ichnographia’, a ground plan of Balliol College from 1695

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College Meeting minutes of a century ago: April 1916

 

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Photos are a key part of several series of the college’s archive, including Membership, Sports & Societies, Buildings etc. Here, a photo from the Torpids (spring) of 1896.

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Rare photos of the Balliol Boys’ Club’s summer camps – dates, locations, photographers and subjects unknown.

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Balliol MS 451

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Balliol MS 384

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Balliol MS 232B

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Balliol MS 317

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Balliol MS 301

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Balliol MS 173A

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Browning family letters

 

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Browning poetic mss

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My favourite C20 treasure – surprise surprise, FF Urquhart’s photo albums

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the business of St Cross: learning and teaching – tutors and students from Balliol, Oxford and further afield encounter original sources at first hand

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displays for group visits: providing and/or supporting talks

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hosting external academic study days on relevant subjects

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twice termly Unlocking Archives talks: hosting and contributing to current researchers’ talks for a lunchtime seminar open to all

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want to stay in touch and find out more? social media: twitter @balliolarchives

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this blog!

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80 000 images on Flickr and counting

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Curious? Become one of 1000 people a year to send an enquiry to Balliol’s archivist by email (or post, but email is preferred); one of 1000+ a year to visit the archives to see the church, hear a talk or view an exhibition; or one of 100 a year to consult archives and manuscripts in person for academic research.

 

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