In 1954 the Brasenose article in the Victoria County History stated that 'the wealth of material in the archives is so great that much was left untouched' by the writers of the Brasenose Quatercentenary Monographs in 1909. Major cataloguing projects were carried out in 1885-1909 and in the 1960s, and the College has employed a part time professional archivist since 1988.
Brasenose has exceptionally good collections relating to its estates. Day to day life in the eighteenth century is captured by an extensive collection of tradesmen's bills, detailed accounts and some interesting volumes outlining the College customs. The working life of the Bursar in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries can be traced through the survival of both incoming and outgoing letters.
Follow the links to the right for more information about our holdings, and for guidance on some of the most common enquiries we receive.