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.
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
The oldest document at Balliol
Dervorguilla’s Statutes of 1282
Detail of above, showing general appearance of late C13 documentary hand and the name of Dervorguilla
Detail of Dervorguilla’s personal seal
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!
Detail of the inhabited initial of the Charter of Incorporation: portrait of Elizabeth I.
Detail of much-worn but intact Great Seal of Elizabeth I, attached to Charter of Incorporation by black and white wool cords
‘Ichnographia’, a ground plan of Balliol College from 1695
College Meeting minutes of a century ago: April 1916
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.
Rare photos of the Balliol Boys’ Club’s summer camps – dates, locations, photographers and subjects unknown.
Balliol MS 451
Balliol MS 384
Balliol MS 232B
Balliol MS 317
Balliol MS 301
Balliol MS 173A
Browning family letters
Browning poetic mss
My favourite C20 treasure – surprise surprise, FF Urquhart’s photo albums
the business of St Cross: learning and teaching – tutors and students from Balliol, Oxford and further afield encounter original sources at first hand
displays for group visits: providing and/or supporting talks
hosting external academic study days on relevant subjects
twice termly Unlocking Archives talks: hosting and contributing to current researchers’ talks for a lunchtime seminar open to all
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