– 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 – February 2018

Some numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during February:

  • Number of enquiries: 49
  • Total for 2017: 105
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 11
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 14
  • Collections consulted: Medieval mss (3), Chalet, Hill, Hunt, Jowett (2), Nicolson diaries, Rawnsley, College records (2)
  • images created: 800
  • Productions (consulted by researchers in person or by the archivist in response to enquiries) – actual numbers may be slightly higher:
    • 13 boxes – up to 5 files per box, not including
    • 11 files – up to 200 items per file, not including
    • 6 individual items from a single letter to a bound volume, not including
    • 8 medieval/early modern ms codices

Some of the topics of remote enquiries received in February:

  • requests for permission to quote from or publish images of archival material
  • history of the Founders/Balliol family
  • requests for (new) digital images of college records and medieval manuscripts
  • Arnold & Brackenbury Society history
  • College livings (ecclesiastical patronage)
  • Chapel architecture
  • College portraits/art/chattels
  • Biographical research re / info on Balliol or related archives of
    • people who were not members of Balliol
    • C18 – early C20 College servants
    • Henry Savage (Balliol 1621)
    • Oliver Strachey (Balliol HT 1893)
    • AK Overend (Balliol 1895)
    • RWP Palmer (Balliol 1908)
    • Alan Strode Campbell Ross (Balliol 1925)
    • JR MacLean (Balliol 1927)
    • Roy Harris Jenkins (Balliol 1938)
    • JS Rennie (Balliol 1939)
    • John Nigel Rowe (Balliol 1941)
    • SJ Goldstein/Gould (Balliol 1942)
    • Hyam Zandell Maccoby (Balliol 1942)
    • Donald Michie (Balliol 1945)

Enquirers and researchers should note that I resigned my post in early February and am currently working the required 3 months’ notice. Details of the vacancy, and of interim and future staffing arrangements for the archives and manuscripts, will be posted on the Balliol College website in due course.

– Anna Sander, Archivist & Curator of Manuscripts

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