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.
Thursdays (and some Wednesdays) 10am- 2.30pm
Researchers are welcome: by appointment – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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have some from the Haldane family (Professor JS Haldane’s home, Cherwell House, once stood on the College’s site), some unpublished material by Sir Ronald Syme on Greek history; and the H.B.D. Kettlewell Archive (though this is currently housed in the Bodleian Library).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, from 1989: 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 is available.
A number of these are available on CD (these CDs may be borrowed by current College members).
The Archives 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: email@example.com). Information about Old Wolves’ events may be found on the Old Wolves’ web pages.
Wolfson College, Oxford: The First Fifty Years, John Penney and Roger Tomlin (Wolfson College, Oxford 2016)
Isaiah Berlin: Building: Letters 1960-1975, Henry Hardy and Mark Pottle (Chatto & Windus, 2013). [Contains sections on College history.]
Liz Baird (Archivist) / 19.3.2019
1 July 2019The Wolfson Gaudy and Syme Legacy Society Lunch
The Alumni and Development Office held the annual Gaudy and Syme Legacy Society Lunch on 29 June.24 June 2019Out now: Romulus Magazine 2019
Romulus is the Wolfson magazine for students by students. This year's theme is "Ritual", which is reflected in many different ways by the...24 June 2019Sir Tim Hitchens' Foundation Speech 2019
College Visitor, Lords, Ladies, Wolfson colleagues,