Records of Balliol College, Oxford

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This fonds contains the administrative records of Balliol College, currently arranged as follows:

  • STATUTES, FOUNDATION DEEDS AND CHARTERS 13th - 20th centuries
  • VISITORS 17th - 20th centuries
  • MEMBERSHIP 16th - 20th centuries  
    • Masters
    • Fellows
    • Members in General
  • GOVERNMENT  
    • College Meetings
    • Committees
  • BENEFACTIONS  
    • Inventories and Valuations
    • Catalogue
  • SPECIAL FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, EXHIBITIONS AND PRIZES
  • ESTATES AND ECCLESIASTICAL PATRONAGE  
  • BUILDINGS 18th - 20th centuries  
    • Plans of the College
    • Architects' Designs
    • Building Contracts, Accounts and Correspondence with Architects
  • DOMESTIC ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS  
    • Half-yearly Bursars' Accounts (Computi) 1568 - 1844
    • Annual Bursars' Accounts11 volumes, 1672 - 1883; printed annual accounts, 1865 - 1981
    • Battels and Buttery Books (Members' personal bills regarding membership and residence) 1576-20th century
    • Caution Money Books 1610 - 1926
    • Bursars' Ledgers and Miscellaneous Books, 16th - 20th centuries, mostly 19th - 20th
    • College Inventories 17th - 20th centuries
    • Domestic Staff 19th - 20th centuries (incomplete)
    • Printed Ephemera 19th - 20th centuries
    • Bonds 1550 - 1750
    • Investment and Banking Records 18th - 20th centuries
    • Administrative correspondence 19th - 20th centuries
  • DEPARTMENTS  
    • Balliol Trinity Laboratories 1853 - 1939
    • Chapel Records 13th - 20th centuries, incomplete
    • Holywell Manor 20th century
  • STUDENT LIFE  
    • Studies 19th - 20th centuries
    • Discipline 19th - 20th centuries
    • Sport  
      • Athletics records: 1913 - 1933.
      • Boat Club records: Journals, accounts and printed ephemera, 1835 - 1966.
      • Gordouli Boat Club minutes: 1927 - 1971.
      • Cricket Club records: 1900 - 1928, 1952 - 1954.
      • Hockey Club records: 1902 - 1934.
      • Soccer Club records: 1899 - 1929.
      • The Soviet minutes: 1928 - 1932. This was a society 'constituted to propagate the principles of communism through the medium of Association Football'.
      • Tennis Club records: 1904 - 1929.
      • United Athletic Clubs (later Amalgamated Sports Clubs): Accounts, minutes, and miscellaneous papers, 1880 - 1976.
    • Societies  
      • Arnold Society: 1897- 1967.
      • Brackenbury Society: 1890 - 1914, with gaps.
      • Arnold and Brackenbury Society: 1955 - 1968.
      • Dervorguilla Society: 1930 - 1939.
      • Gibbon Club: 1928 - 1941
      • Hanover Club: 1911 - 1913.
      • History Club: 1907 - 1909.
      • Leonardo Society: 1921 - 1939, 1945 - 1962.
      • Synoptic Club: 1930 - 1935
      • Younger Society: 1927 - 1933, 1946 - 1956.
      • Musical Society 1885 - 1997
      • Shakespeare Society 1867 - 1868
      • Balliol Players 1923 - 1978
    • Junior Common Room  
      • General Meeting minutes: 1903 - 1932, 1944 - 1952, 1959 - 1965, 1966 - 1975, 1978 - 1981.
      • Committee Meeting minutes: 1903 - 1932, 1944 - 1952, 1958 - 1965, 1967 - 1975.
      • Accounts: 1890 - 1950.
      • Betting Books: 1945 - 1946, 1948 - 1951 and 1965.
      • Suggestions Books: ca. 100 volumes, 1919 - 1972.
      • Lists of Officers: 1948 - 1980.
      • Miscellaneous papers, mostly post-1960
  • PHOTOGRAPHS  
  • RECORDS OF PERSONS & INSTITUTIONS RELATING TO BALLIOL COLLEGE  
    • Blundell's School
    • New Inn Hall
    • TS Eliot
    • Robert Browning
    • Eastman House
    • Vice Chancellor's Accounts 1700 - 1702
    • Benjamin Jowett's Visitors' Book 1882 - 1893
    • The Balliol Boys' Club 1907 - 1960s
    • The Workers' Educational Association, early 20th century
    • Vacation Reading Parties, 19th - 20th centuries
    • The Balliol College [Annual] Record 1910 - [ongoing]
    • Leigh and Cooke Family Deeds 18th - 19th centuries
    • Founders - the Balliol family

For further details please see http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/history/archives/index.asp

Physical formats include loose paper and parchment documents; bound volumes; photographic negatives, prints and transparencies; microfilms; and a small amount of digital material on floppy disk and CD.

For further information on scope and content please see http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/history/archives/holdings.asp

Administrative / Biographical History

Balliol College, Oxford, was founded in 1263 by John de Balliol (d. 1268) and his wife Dervorguilla de Balliol, Lady of Galloway (d. 1290). Balliol College has occupied its present site in Broad Street, Oxford, ever since. For a brief summary of Balliol's history, please see http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/history/history/. For a more detailed discussion, see JH Jones, Balliol College: A History (2nd ed. rev., OUP, 2005).

Arrangement

This material has been arranged according to underlying departmental and previous archival systems. The arrangement is currently under revision.

Conditions Governing Access

Most material is open for consultation; please see http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/history/access.asp.

Acquisition Information

Most of this material has been generated by the ordinary business of the College and held in the originating College offices until collected into the archives.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide, JH Jones, The Archives of Balliol College Oxford (Phillimore 1984). Also available online at http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/history/archives/index.asp. Detailed handlist available in the College Library and on request. Catalogues are currently under revision; please enquire for latest version.

Alternative Form Available

Most material is unique.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Most material from the 13th - late 19th centuries and into the 20th is handwritten. Many estate papers, accounts and Governing Body minutes are in Latin until the 18th or 19th century. Some material is very fragile and will not normally be produced for consultation. Transcriptions or facsimiles will be produced wherever possible.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Anna Sander, Lonsdale Curator of Archives and Manuscripts, with reference to JH Jones, The Archives of Balliol College Oxford (Phillimore 1984); JH Jones, Balliol College: A History (2nd ed. rev., OUP 2005); material on Balliol web pages by JH Jones, IR Plummer and A Sander available at http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/history/index.asp.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies of archival records can be supplied, for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents. Prior written permission must be obtained from the Archive for reproduction in any medium, including online, of any of the material in the archive. Please see our reprographics policy at http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/history/reprographics.asp

Appraisal Information

This material will be retained permanently.

Custodial History

The records have been generated and accrued within the College throughout its history. They were assembled, organized and listed by Dr JH Jones, Vice-Master and Fellow Archivist, from the 1970s onwards.

Accruals

Ongoing for most series.

Related Material

Collections of Personal Papers of Masters, Fellows and former members of the College, held in the College Library.

Location of Originals

Most material is original.

Family Names