The College Archives contain a wide variety of documents recording the History of Emmanuel College & its members.

The Collection

  • Records of the College survive in unbroken series from the foundation in 1584, but the collection contains older documents dating from the 12th century onwards.
  • Documents in the Archive relate to all matters of College business and its history & landholdings from its earliest foundation:
    • its early history as a centre for the training of Puritan clergymen;
    • formal administrative records such as the official College statutes and orders;
    • minutes of the Governing Body and other committees;
    • records of the construction and maintenance of the College buildings and grounds;
    • bursary & domestic accounts;
    • minute books of College clubs and societies and records of student life.
  • The Archives also hold collections of former Masters', Fellows' and members' personal papers, as well as sporting & social miscellanea donated by former students.
  • We hold a large collection of prints, photographs, maps & plans, and a limited amount of digital material.


  • The College welcome researchers, but access to the Archives must be requested, with at least a week's notice. Requests to visit should be sent by email to the College Archivist; a letter of introduction may be required.
  • No catalogues are available online at present.
  • Items less than 50 years old will not normally be produced unless they are of a non-confidential nature, and longer closure periods apply to certain classes of records.
  • Requests to see closed records must be made in writing to the Fellow Archivist.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 0915 - 1600; only by appointment.
  • Appointments must be made at least a week in advance.

Contact Details

  • Fellow Archivist & Curator of the Douglas Finlay Museum of College Life: Dr Sarah Bendall MCLIP
  • Archivist: Miss Amanda Goode MA MArAd
  • Tel: 01223 334292 (College Archivist)
  • Email:


  • We welcome donations of College-related material which fall within the Archives’ collecting policy, which can be arranged via email to the Archivist.
  • The Douglas Finlay Museum of College Life holds our collection of non-archival memorabilia. More information can be provided by contacting the Curator.