Archive of Keble College, Oxford

Scope and Content

Keble College was founded in 1870 in memory of John Keble (1792-1866), a founding member of the Tractarian movement, also known as the Oxford Movement, which sought to recover the Catholic heritage of the Church of England. Whilst relatively young by Oxford standards the College’s history and importance should not be underestimated. Its archival holdings bear witness to changes in the College, the University and in British society.

The Archives are a rich resource for research, especially for current students. For those reading History, English or Theology or for keen dramatists the Archives could be a fount of valuable primary source material.

Among the records of Keble College held here are:

  • Minutes of the meetings of the College Council from 1870 to 1950
  • Minutes of the meetings of the College Council from 1870 to 1950
  • College accounts and ledgers
  • Historical material on the advowsons of which Keble College is the patron
  • Records of JCR sports clubs and societies
  • Architectural records, including the original designs by the architect William Butterfield
  • Personal papers and memorabilia of key members of the Oxford Movement, including Canon H. P. Liddon and Dr E. B. Pusey
  • Personal papers and memorabilia of members of the College

One collection of international importance held at Keble College is that relating to John Keble, father of the Oxford Movement. The material held here includes:

  • Keble’s manuscripts of poems that became The Christian Year
  • Correspondence between John Keble and his family, friends and associates, in particular, with John Henry Newman, 1829-1863. The Special Collections in Keble College Library also holds John Keble’s own personal library
  • John Keble’s papers on the lives of Richard Hooker, Anglican divine and Thomas Wilson, Bishop of Sodor and Man

Access Information

Many records in this fonds are closed. Please contact the College Archivist for details.

If you have any enquiries about the material held in the Keble College Archives please contact the Archivist at or 01865 272728.

Other Finding Aids

Please note that while the College Archivist is in the process of cataloguing the archives to modern standards many collections are only accessible through older hardcopy hand lists.

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