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Contents of Keble College Archives

A summary of what researchers may find among the archival treasures of Keble College

Keble College may be less than 150 years old, but its history and importance should not be under-estimated. Its archival holdings bear witness to the changes in the College, the University and in British society.

Among the records of Keble College held here are:

  • minutes of the meetings of the Council from 1870 to 1950; the minute books not only tell of how the college was run, they also include information on financial matters and on freshmen.
  • a good series of accounts and ledgers
  • historical material on the advowsons of which Keble College is the patron
  • minutes of the Boat Club from 1870 to 1956, and records of other JCR clubs and societies
  • personal papers and memorabilia of members of the College

and much, much more

One collection of international importance held at Keble College is that relating to John Keble, father of the Oxford Movement. The material held here includes

  • his letters to John Henry Newman, 1829-1863
  • his manuscripts of poems that became ‘The Christian Year’
  • his papers on the lives of Richard Hooker, Anglican divine and Thomas Wilson, Bishop of Sodor and Man

The College Archives also hold papers for other leaders of the Oxford Movement, such as E B Pusey and H P Liddon.

Warden Harry Carpenter and the Fellows of the College, taking responsibility for running the College from the Council

The Warden and Governing Body, 1952

Section looking south

William Butterfield's design for the Chapel, c1873

One of a number of Oxford University groups to volunteer to work during the General Strike

Keble College students setting off for Hull during the Great Strike, 1926