The Oriel College Archives exist to collect and maintain the documentary heritage of Oriel, its constituent parts, and its members. The College’s archival heritage includes records of St Mary Hall, the Senior Common Room and the clubs and societies of the Junior Common Room. Its holdings range from 1150 to almost the present day.
The College’s collection of illuminated medieval manuscripts are no longer held on-site, and are instead deposited with the Bodleian Library.
Although there are various finding aids for the records held in the Archives, these do not conform to modern notions for cataloguing and describing archives. There is an ongoing project to catalogue the College Archives following recognised standards.
If you want to enquire about the contents of the Archives, please feel free to contact the College Archivist, and they will be happy to help.
Our Archival Holdings
Below is a summary of the main contents of our Archives.