St John's College Archives contain records of the growth of the administration, benefactions, finances and property of the College since its foundation in 1511. They also include some deeds and financial records of earlier foundations annexed to it, namely the Hospital of St John the Evangelist Cambridge, the Hospital of St Mary at Ospringe, and the Priory of Higham, Kent, and of the Priory of Broomhall, Berks; and household accounts of the Foundress, Lady Margaret Beaufort, 1498-1509. Among the records of the Cambridge Hospital of St John is a thirteenth-century cartulary whose numerous deeds shed light on the people, property and occupations of Cambridge and the surrounding countryside.
Archive resources are available for use by the members, staff and students of St John’s, the wider academic community and the public. The Archives acquire, preserve and make accessible the records of the College, its members, staff and students.
All those wishing to consult material from the Archive should arrange an appointment in advance by contacting the Archivist (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating the material they wish to consult.
Members of the public as well as College members, students and staff are welcome to consult the collection.
The Archive is open by appointment Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. The Archive is closed on public holidays and the days between Christmas and New Year. Occasionally we are closed for visits and seminars. Please check with the Archivist for further information.
For general enquiries about services or for enquiries regarding collections please contact the Archivist. (01223 338631)
If you are looking for information on former students and Fellows of St John’s please contact the Biographical Librarian (01223 338772).