– 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.

monthly report – January 2018

Some numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during January:

  • Number of enquiries: 56
  • Total for 2017: 56
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 6
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 8
  • Collections consulted: Medieval mss (3), College records (2), Rawnsley papers
  • images created: 1200
  • Productions (consulted by researchers in person or by the archivist in response to enquiries) – actual numbers may be slightly higher:
    • 11 files – up to 200 items per file, not including
    • 12  individual items from a single letter to a bound volume, not including
    • 27 medieval ms codices

Some of the topics of remote enquiries received in January:

  • college portraits and other works of art
  • college heraldry
  • correct citation/referencing for archival materials
  • requests for permission to quote from or publish images of archival material
  • requests for (new) digital images of college records and medieval manuscripts
  • 17th century vocabulary for silver plate
  • WW1 minutes of College Meeting
  • WW1 and post-WW2 diaries
  • Boat Club history
  • Biographical research re / info on Balliol or related archives of
    • people who were not members of Balliol
    • C18 – early C20 College servants
    • RW Raper (Balliol TT 1861)
    • Sir J Conroy (Balliol 1890)
    • H Belloc (Balliol HT 1893)
    • HS Malik (Balliol 1912)
    • RH Glover (Balliol 1915)
    • I Stitt (Balliol 1917)
    • TH Tylor, Fellow (Balliol 1918)
    • F Huxley (Balliol 1946)
    • FJ Lindars (Balliol 1949)

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