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Archive Centre Online Resources

Collection Overviews and Images

The Guides to the College or Modern Archives are comprehensive. To see images of documents you can take a tour of the College archives or visit the pages about an HLF project about the King's College estates records.The Online Exhibitions pages also feature items from the archives, and the Introduction to Archives page includes images from the Rupert Brooke collection.

ArchiveSearch includes the complete catalogue of the Archive Centre's holdings, accessible from the 'Link' below.

Charles II on a document concerning Eton Fellowships and King's College
From its foundation in 1441 to the present, King's has preserved records of its internal administration, its construction, and the lives of its members.
Volume from the papers of E.M. Forster
The personal paper collections of famous Kingsmen are especially strong in early 20th century literature, fine art and economics.
From biographies to buildings, there is a rich variety of source material located within the College archives.
Our Heritage Lottery Fund project to improve access to the College's estates records, which form a vital part of the College's history.
Illumination of Queen Elizabeth I (SAC/1)
Index page to the Archive Centre's online exhibitions, which each highlight a particular aspect of the College's history.
Students viewing an exhibition of Rupert Brooke papers.
Our beginner’s guide to archives for A-level students, as well as bright and motivated GCSE students.


Between 1449 and 1794 King's College was permitted to exercise Probate Jurisdiction within the precincts of the College. The wills of members of the College, servants, tradesmen and tenants were proved in its court, which also granted, where appropriate, Letters of Administration. The College retains transcripts of the relevant archives in a series of Ledger Books, which have been examined by Nesta Evans in her capacity as General Editor of the British Records Society (BRS) ‘Series of Indexes to Probate Records’. The index is provided by kind permission of the BRS.

15th Century Dining at King's

In 2006 the Cookson Trust funded research which resulted in an article on Dining at King's College in the 15th Century, and a translation of part of the 15th century dining accounts.

Women in Higher Education

In 1990 Andrea Spurling and King's College published the report of her two-year Research Centre-sponsored research into Women in Higher Education.

Further Resources

Lists of some key College officers are available to download below.

The 'Introduction to Archives: Rupert Brooke' web resource (see the link above) is an introduction to archives use in general. It is intended for A-level students, as well as bright and motivated GCSE students, but may be of interest to anybody new to archives.

For on-line images of all the letters between Rupert Brooke, William Denis Browne and Sir Edward Marsh, from the recent accession of the Schroder collection, follow the link to the University's on-line exhibition pages.

The link to the English palaeography course, designed for those whose research will embrace original English manuscript sources in this period, includes some of the College Archives as documents 1 to 11.

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