King's College Archives, University of Cambridge

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      0044 1223 331444
  • Address
    • King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1ST, England, UK
  • Opening Hours
    • M-Th 9.30-12.30, 13.30-17.15
  • Access Information
      An appointment is required.
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      Not appropriate.
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      Fees and conditions are given on the Archives Centre website.
  • Archival and Other Holdings

    The College Archives are the records of its internal administration, the construction of its buildings, and the lives of its members. The archives offer researchers outstanding sources for the study of architecture, religious upheaval, patterns of consumption, development of the curriculum, social and political history. Mundum Books recording payments for goods and services, and Commons Books documenting Kingsmen dining in Hall, are continuous series of accounts both dating back to 1447. Protocollum Books recording admission of Scholars and Fellows form an unbroken sequence from 1500, and the Ledger Books containing copies of wills and conveyances date back to 1451.In addition, the archives include the administrative records of estates the College was given by Henry VI, many of which were the lands of the so-called alien priories, dependancies in England of foreign religious houses such as the Norman Abbey of Bec, confiscated by the Crown in 1414. These lands brought their written memory with them in the form of charters and court records, in some cases going back to the 11th century. Researchers investigating early manorial governance, religious houses, farming practices, genealogy, and alterations to land boundaries or properties, will find evidence in such records as court rolls, accounts, maps, tenancy agreements, and leases. 187 estates in 30 counties ranging west to St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, east to Toft Monks in Norfolk, north to Allerton Mauleverer in Yorkshire, and south to Hooe in Sussex, all document ecclesiastical and secular communities from the Middle Ages to the present day. The College Archive also includes records relating to College interactions with the University, the Colleges of Cambridge and Oxford, and the city of Cambridge. The Modern Archives collections are particularly strong in the fields of the development of 20th century economics, literature, and fine art, particularly the lives, cultural milieu and creative out-put of members of the 'Bloomsbury Group'.

  • History

    The Archives Centre was established in 1983 as the 'Modern Archive Centre' to provide separate accommodation within King's College Library for the papers (the 'Modern Archives') of former members of the College, and individuals associated with them, accumulated since 1930. It was renamed in 1997 to reflect the addition of the College Archives, previously administered as a separate concern.The archival record of the College has been preserved since its foundation in 1441 and became joined with the Modern Archives in 1997.