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Introduction to the Archives

The purpose and role of Keble College Archives

Every archive repository has two purposes.

The first purpose of Keble College Archives is to preserve the recorded heritage of the College:

  • by administering records created by the College in its corporate capacity and preserving any material that reflects its history
  • by collecting records, artefacts and memorabilia created by and maintained by College members where they reflect the history of the College
  • by collecting records, artefacts and memorabilia of John Keble and his associates to maintain the College’s position as a primary resource for the study of the Oxford Movement

The second purpose is to make that recorded heritage available for research:

  • by cataloguing and indexing the records to a high standard to allow researchers to see what exactly is here
  • by answering enquiries about the nature and content of the holdings
  • by helping individuals to conduct their own research by allowing them access to original sources

The College Archivist welcomes enquiries about the records held here. She can be contacted by post, telephone or e-mail.

The teaching staff at the College in E S Talbot's final years as Warden

The Warden and Tutors of Keble College, 1888

 

Among the Keble memorabilia here are his lunch bag, his playing cards, photographs, locks of hair and his second best MA hood

John Keble's playing cards, MA hood and lunch bag - with locks of his hair

Dr Pusey's letter to E S Talbot offering him the Wardenship of Keble College

Dr Pusey's letter to E S Talbot offering him the Wardenship of Keble College, 10 May 1869