Guide to the College archives

From its foundation by Henry VI in 1441 to the present day, King's College has preserved records of its internal administration, the construction of its buildings, and the lives of its members. The archives offer researchers outstanding sources for the study of architecture, religious upheaval, patterns of consumption, development of the curriculum, social and political history:

Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Note: some records in the College Archives are subject to access restrictions.

Main sections of the catalogue

Click on the reference codes to access the online catalogue of the records from the Janus website.

Reference Code Description


Governing Records, 1443-2003

KCAR     Administrative Records, 1085-2005
KCAC     Academic and Tutorial Records, 1440-2003
KCAS                     Records of the 27 Clubs and Societies of King's College and Cambridge University, 1855-2003
KCHR     Historical Reference, 1449-2000
KCPH Photographs, 1860-2005

The records of the estates of the College were catalogued in 2005 thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. See the Estates records section.

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