Image of Ƭ Grant of Arms. Archive Ref: JCGB/4/2
Ƭ Grant of Arms. Archive Ref: JCGB/4/2

College Archives

The College Archives contain a broad range of records relating to all aspects of the College's history since its foundation in 1496 and also some records relating to the medieval priory which stood on the same site.

Our collections

Collections in the Ƭ Archives include:

  • for excavations which have taken place on the College site since 1992 which include reports, archaeological finds and schedules.
  • , including those relating to the College's governance, finances and properties.
  • from the priory that preceded the College. 
  • Information about former Fellows and students, primarily those who are deceased.
  • Records of some of the College's .
  • . The largest of these relates to (1909-74). We also hold letters written by (1769-1822), papers concerning the dismissal of William Frend (1757-1841), and part of the correspondence of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944).

An online catalogue containing information about these collections can be accessed at

From the Archive

Each term we look at a document or documents that give a fascinating insight into the history of Ƭ. If you would like any further information about the featured document or would like to join the Archive of the Month mailing list for notification when each article is published, please email archives@jesus.cam.ac.uk 

Visiting the archives

Please email archives@jesus.cam.ac.uk to make an appointment if you would like to use the archives, and bring a letter of introduction with you on your first visit. Available visiting times may vary depending upon staff working hours and other commitments, so please contact us to make an appointment well in advance of your intended visit. 


Photography of materials in the archive is permitted for the purpose of private research, but the necessary form needs to be completed. If any images are to be used in publications then copyright licences and relevant permission forms also need to be completed. There may also be a fee associated with the reproduction, depending on the nature of the publication.


Enquiries should be directed to the Archivist, Dr Rob Payne. Researchers are admitted by appointment only. We prefer to receive enquiries by email at archives@jesus.cam.ac.uk , although postal enquiries can be sent to Ƭ, Cambridge CB5 8BL.

Enquiries about members of the College from previous years who are still alive (or likely to be so) should be directed to the Development Office by emailing development@jesus.cam.ac.uk.

We do not charge a fee for answering enquiries, but donations to assist in the care and conservation of our holdings are always welcome. Find out how to make a donation.

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