– 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.

reports

monthly report April 2017

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during April:

  • Number of enquiries: 60
  • Running total for 2017: 298
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 4
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 7
  • Collections consulted: oriental MSS (2), western medieval mss, college records
  • No of non-research visitors: 55+
  • Interesting events & activities: temporary Prof Les Woods memorial exhibition open, and taken down; Anna & Gabrielle present hands-on special collections handling training workshop for Balliol English & History students; Anna with colleagues staffing college archivists table at undergraduate History Thesis Fair.

monthly report March 2017

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during March:

  • Number of enquiries: 92
  • Running total for 2017: 238
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 12
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 12
  • Collections consulted: medieval mss (4), Greene-Reid papers, Persian & Arabic mss, Malcolm, Morier Family and RBD Morier archives, Monckton papers, college records (2)
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 40
  • Interesting events & activities: temporary George Malcolm centenary exhibition open, and taken down; 1 Unlocking Archives talk; Library staff lead IntoUniversity group visit; display of newly acquired Jowett letters for college event in Broad Street.

monthly report February 2017

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during February:

  • Number of remote enquiries: 62
  • Running total for 2017: 145
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 8
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 15
  • Collections consulted: medieval mss, George Malcolm, David Urquhart, Persian & Turkish mss, Jenkyns papers, college records
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 60
  • Interesting events & activities: temporary medieval mss exhibition continued open, and taken down; temporary George Malcolm centenary exhibition produced and open; 2 Unlocking Archives talks

monthly report January 2017

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during January:

  • Number of enquiries:  83 (from 16 December when the archives closed for the holidays)
  • Running total for 2017: 83
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 8
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 9 (open 12 days)
  • Collections consulted: Malcolm, Balliol Boys’ Club, Jowett Copyright Trust, Monckton (2), RBD Morier, college records (2)
  • No of non-research visitors: 4
  • Interesting events & activities: temporary medieval mss exhibition produced and open

monthly report December 2016

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during December:

  • Number of enquiries: 25 (up to 16 December when the archives closed for the holidays; 10 days open)
  • Final total for 2016: 875
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 5
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 8
  • Collections consulted: Woods, Malcolm,TH Green, early modern MSS, college records
  • No of non-research visitors:9
  • Interesting events & activities: visit from Balliol Fellow and English students for an introduction to medieval manuscripts workshop; Anna visited the archives at Campion Hall re GM Hopkins, and attended the COLOUR conference and exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

monthly report November 2016

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during November:

  • Number of enquiries: 76
  • Running total for 2016: 850
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 9
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 12
  • Collections consulted: Woods, Malcolm, college records (2), Browning, medieval mss, Clough, Nicolson, Urquhart
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 85
  • Interesting events & activities: weekly Come Write In! sessions for local novelists participating in NaNoWriMo (4th year running); Balliol alumna using special collections for seminars with St Hugh’s & Worcester students (English); display of original and published material re Adam Von Trott for visiting Goettingen students; staffing college archives table at graduate history thesis fair; OUCS WW1 roadshow; 2 Unlocking Archives talks; Hebraica & Judaica Sunday symposium; display of special collections material for Balliol MCR private view; Tweets for #TheOxfordSomme

monthly report August 2016

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during August:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 53
  • Running total for 2016: 629
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 9
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 11
  • Collections consulted: AL Smith, medieval mss (3), Monckton, Harris, Mallet, JA Smith, Malcolm
  • No of non-research visitors: 1
  • Interesting events: fortunately, none, because see September’s report…