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The College Archives

Wolfson College has a dedicated archive, which holds a variety of photographs, documents and other materials relating to the history of the College.

Opening hours 

Tuesdays, 9AM-5PM
Thursdays (and some Wednesdays) 10am- 2.30pm
Researchers are welcome: by appointment – please email: archives@wolfson.ox.ac.uk

Papers and publications

The College Archives holds a variety of material relating to Wolfson’s history, including administrative documents, architectural drawings, photographs, recordings and ephemera. We also hold copies of College publications. Our holdings include:

  • Minutes of all College meetings and related documents (current College members can access a number of past and present papers online on the College’s SharePoint website: Single Sign-On needed)
  • Papers for College clubs and societies
  • Documents related to College finances and building projects
  • College publications: The College Record (1978 on), The College magazines, Lycidas (1972-1988: this was until 1978 effectively an early version of the College Record) and Romulus (1988 on), The College Newssheet (1978 on),other publications, such as the College List (first published in 1972); College Guide (1975 on) and its successor, the College Handbook; and College Regulations.

The Archives does not hold student records, or, generally, personal papers. However, we do have some papers relating to Sir Isaiah Berlin’s relationship to Wolfson (Berlin was the College's first President, from 1966 to 1975). We also have some from the Haldane family (Professor JS Haldane’s home, Cherwell House, once stood on the College’s site), some unpublished material by Sir Ronald Syme on Greek history; and the H.B.D. Kettlewell Archive (though this is currently housed in the Bodleian Library). Visit our Kettlewell Archive page.

Photographs, recordings and more

We hold a variety of photographs and other types of images depicting events in the College’s history, and of the College buildings, as well as of some club activities, such as the Boat Club. We have an incomplete set of matriculation photographs, only from 1989 and offers of copies of earlier photos would be especially welcome.

We also have recordings of Wolfson College lectures from the 1970s onwards. A list of these are available.

A number of these are available on CD (these CDs may be borrowed by current College members).

Other Activities

The Archive team put on regular displays to complement lectures and talks. We also organise termly lunches for ‘Old Wolves’, for those with memories of the College in earlier days (new ‘Old Wolves’ are always welcome, please contact the Archivist for information: archives@wolfson.ox.ac.uk). Information about Old Wolves’ events may be found on the Old Wolves’ web pages.  

Further reading

Frank Jessup (Wolfson College 1979; rev. 1999, S. McKerrow and J. Potter).

Isaiah Berlin: Building: Letters 1960-1975, Henry Hardy and Mark Pottle (Chatto & Windus, 2013). [Contains sections on College history.]

News
Events

The latest from Wolfson College

23 October 2017
Imagining the Divine: Exhibition

Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.

23 October 2017
The College Record 2017

The Wolfson College Record is a formal account of the past year and includes the final President's Letter from Professor Dame Hermione Lee.

Philomen Probert
9 October 2017
Message from the Acting President

A warm welcome to those new to Wolfson, and a warm welcome back to those who have been travelling during the summer or hiding away in libraries or...

Our upcoming events

Concert and Plays
24 - 24
Oct Oct
Staging the Modernist Life: Auto/biography, performance, and H.D.
Tuesday 24 October -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

In this lecture/performance, Sasha Colby will discuss the process of transforming auto/biographical materials into biographical drama in her recent book project Staging Modernist Lives: H.D., Mina Loy, Nancy Cunard, Three Plays and Criticism (McGill-Queen's UP, 2017). With an emphasis on the poet, novelist, and memoirist H.D.

Networking
24 - 24
Oct Oct
Slanguages exhibition: launch party
Tuesday 24 October -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Our Creative Multilingualism Languages in the Creative Economy exhibition will feature the work, archives and ephemera related to the work of three Birmingham-based artists who use different languages in their musical and artistic work.

Lectures and Seminars
25 - 25
Oct Oct
Tennyson, Celebrity and Portraiture
Wednesday 25 October -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

This lecture will explore how publishers became responsible for promoting authors through portraiture in the mid-Victorian period. In particular it will focus on Edward Moxon and his role in expanding the readership of both William Wordsworth and Alfred Tennyson. While portraits of Wordsworth were relatively scarce, Tennyson was surrounded by sculptors, painters and photographers, which led to a new and disturbing experience of literary celebrity that had a major impact on his career.