The St Edmund Hall Archive exists to collect, manage and utilise the recorded heritage of both the administrative and social aspects of the College.

The documents held fall into several categories:

  • Documents about the administration of the College, including statutes and minute books.
  • Documents about the College’s finances from 1692 onwards.
  • Documents about the College’s buildings.
  • Records of the clubs and societies of the Hall including many photographs.
  • Personal papers of former Principals, Fellows, staff and students.

There is very limited information available on students until the 20th century, and almost no information on members of staff until the 1950s.

Access to the Archive

Archive access is by written application to the Archivist, and preliminary research will be carried out on your behalf, to ensure that your time is as productive and helpful as possible. We will not generally allow access to personal files of any living Aularian, although each case is judged on its individual merits.

Donate records to the Archive

The Archive accepts donations of records relating to the Hall, and information giving context to the Hall’s administrative and social activities. Contact the Archive Fellow, Erica McAlpine:

Contact the Archivist

You can contact our Archivist, Rob Petre, by emailing

Archive Catalogues

The cataloguing of the Archive is an ongoing process, as the Archivist is currently working through the records and listing them. Most of the records have now been listed, and so it is possible to search those lists here.

Please note that reference numbers may change over time as the work progresses, so please include a description of the item in which you are interested in any requests for access.

If you are unable to find a record that you believe to be here, please contact the Archivist ( who will be able to check the unlisted material for you.

Accounts of Battels also called Buttery Books

These books list the names and expenditure of all students resident in Hall, week by week. These books were not only a record of the moneys owed by each member of the Hall, but also the payment of these accounts. We are happy to check which weeks within any given year an individual is recorded.  Principals and Vice Principals are not named in these books, and nor are staff as they are listed under their role name.

Where next?

History of the Hall

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