– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, Oxford. Opinions expressed are strictly the author's own!

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monthly report June 2015

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during June:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 93 (yes, again – what’s going on?!)
  • Number of researchers in person: 9
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 10
  • Collections consulted: Nicolson diaries (2), medieval mss (3), JL Strachan-Davidson Papers, Pyper papers, Hope Simpson papers
  • No of non-research visitors: 30+  (SCR private view 10, Unlocking Archives talk ca 20, individual visitors)
  • blog posts: 2
  • interesting events: private view of the Greene-Reid exhibition for Balliol SCR; Unlocking Archives talk on the Graham Greene-Josephine Reid papers; first two of the summer’s student interns

manuscripts survey PS

Another use of last spring and summer’s survey of the medieval manuscripts: a researcher wanting to consult a long list of manuscripts, not necessarily in a particular order, had them produced by size, starting with the smallest. Result: only one swap to a different-sized set of foam book support wedges needed in a whole day’s research.


monthly report May 2015

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during May:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 93
  • Number of researchers in person: 11
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 26
  • Collections consulted: Greene-Reid papers (4), Jowett papers (2), Swinburne mss (2), TH Green papers, early modern ms, Browning relics, RM Hare papers, medieval mss
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 45 (Greene-Reid exhibition, Unlocking Archives talk, WW1 commemorative family gathering, Brookes students, Old Members, College guests, college archivists’ meeting)
  • blog posts: 2
  • interesting events: Greene-Reid exhibition private view, Unlocking Archives talk on medieval mss; WW1 centenary family memorial gathering with display; MSS session with Balliol tutors & students; podcast interview re Greene-Reid collection

Unlocking Archives talk 8 June

Unlocking Archives, a series of lunchtime talks about current research in Balliol College’s special collections

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Graham Greene in Antibes, ca. 1984. Photo by Amanda Saunders. © Estate of Amanda Saunders. Used with permission.

Speaker: Nicholas Dennys

‘Given to me by Mr Greene: Graham Greene, a personal view’

Monday 8 June, 1-2pm

In autumn last year Balliol College was pleased to acquire for its research collection the books and papers of a remarkable woman called Josephine Reid, relating to her employer, the writer Graham Greene (Balliol 1922).  Josephine Reid was Greene’s secretary and literary typist from 1958 to 1992. Nicholas Dennys, bookseller and nephew of Graham Greene,  will be in conversation with Naomi Tiley, Balliol’s Librarian,  giving a personal insight into Graham Greene’s writing and Josephine Reid’s collection.

Nicholas Dennys, a partner in the rare booksellers Dennys, Sanders, & Greene, patiently negotiated the sale of Josephine Reid’s books and papers to the College and prepared the collection’s sale catalogue, which proved an invaluable starting point for Balliol’s recent listings of the books and papers.  As the son of Graham Greene’s sister, Elisabeth, he is also Greene’s nephew.

All welcome! Feel free to bring your lunch.

The talk will last about half an hour, to allow time for questions and discussion afterwards and a closer look at an exhibition of the Cherry Record Collection of Josephine Reid’s papers and books relating to Graham Greene.

All Unlocking Archives talks take place at Balliol’s Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Manor Road OX1 3UH (next door to Holywell Manor).

Map & directions: http://archives.balliol.ox.ac.uk/Services/visit.asp#f

Enquiries: library@balliol.ox.ac.uk


monthly report April 2015

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during April:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 93
  • Number of researchers in person: 5
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 5
  • Collections consulted: Conroy papers (2), Jowett papers, medieval mss
  • No of non-research visitors: Ca 160 (8 individuals, Greene-Reid exhibition)
  • blog posts: 2
  • interesting events: public open weekend with Graham Greene exhibition

Unlocking Archives talk 4 May

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Unlocking Archives, a series of lunchtime talks about current research in Balliol College’s special collections

Speaker: Irene O’Daly

‘A Medieval Coursebook? Diagrammatic annotations in Balliol College MS 272’

Monday 4 May, 1-2pm

Balliol’s manuscript no. 272, a copy of the pseudo-Ciceronian Rhetorica ad Herennium, contains layers of diagrammatic annotations, added at various points during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This paper will outline what we can learn about medieval educational methods from such diagrams, as well as illustrating how these diagrams relate to the broader traditions of rhetorical study in the Middle Ages.

Irene O’Daly is a Research Associate at the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester. Predominantly interested in the intellectual history of the central Middle Ages, she is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge, and has recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship at Leiden University, where her research focussed on the use of diagrams in the study of medieval rhetoric.

All welcome! Feel free to bring your lunch.

The talk will last about half an hour, to allow time for questions and discussion afterwards and a closer look at some of the special collections material discussed.

All Unlocking Archives talks take place at Balliol’s Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Manor Road OX1 3UH (next door to Holywell Manor).

Map & directions: http://archives.balliol.ox.ac.uk/Services/visit.asp#f

 


monthly report March 2015

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during March:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 158
  • Number of researchers in person: 10
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 17
  • Collections consulted: Bryson, Morier Family, David Urquhart, Sweet-Escott, RBD Morier, Jowett, Rawnsley, Hope-Simpson papers, medieval mss (2)
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 90 (study day, school group, Unlocking Archives, individuals)
  • blog posts: 2
  • interesting events: theology study day supported by a display of eastern and western devotional mss; ‘introduction to manuscripts’ session for visiting school group from Canada, Unlocking Archives talk; first pass of Greene-Reid collection catalogue completed (754 item descriptions, 30,000 words)

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