The College Archive is the repository for the official records of the College, its members, related societies and companies.
St Hilda's College Archive was established by the College Librarian between 1976 and 1984. Our archived documents, both paper and digital, support the current operations of the College by providing documentation of past decisions and activities. They also preserve the collective memory of the College for future generations. In 2005, the Archive was moved to purpose-built accommodation as part of a Library extension.
Catalogues and Collections
Our collections include the Sue Lloyd-Roberts archive, which was donated to us in 2016. The papers include newspaper cuttings, photographs, correspondence and speeches. Please email the archivist for further information. We also hold the Lucy Faithfull and Elizabeth Maconchy catalogues. A guide to the catalogues and indexes for research is available to visitors. A subject index for our key collections is also available to download.
Accessing the Collection
The Archivist is happy to answer preliminary enquiries about the holdings of the Archive by e-mail or by post: Oliver Mahony, St Hilda’s College Archivist, St. Hilda's College, Oxford OX4 1DY.
Due to the Covid restrictions physical access to the collections to view material is extremely limited.
Oxford students and academics may access the collections only when the sending of images by the archivist via email is not practical. Such access is by prior appointment only. You will be asked to read and sign a researcher access and rules form on arrival.
Unfortunately, external visitors are not able to consult the archive in person at this time. Instead, the archivist can provide, free of charge, a manageable number high quality images of documents for research purposes.
Such copies will be made available at the discretion of the Archivist, and a charge may be applied for copying and reproduction if in large quantities, or required for publication.
Using Archives for Research for Students
What are archives, how can they be useful to my research and how can I make best use of them?
Below are some useful sites offering guides and catalogues to start your research. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Archivist by email.
How to use Archives
- Archives Hub
- Oxford University Lib Guides - Gives tips, training opportunities and resources for students. Note the Thesis Fairs held in the Examination Schools bringing together repositories and resources from across Oxford.
Some useful catalogue databases
- The National Archives
- Lady Margaret Hall subject index and paper collections
- Oxford University Archives (contact details and outline of college collections).
- Cambridge University Archives (contains catalogues of personal papers).
Some tips when planning a visit
- Remember when visiting an archive to email to arrange a visit well in advance. A number of archives have digitised materials and may have some catalogues published online so do check out the archives website. Note that not all material will be catalogued and more recent material may also be closed to research so do check with staff beforehand.
- When planning a visit, It is important to note college archives in particular may only be open part of the week so check out the websites for opening hours. All archives will require you to fill out a researcher access form agreeing to the repository rules, it is particularly important to keep papers in the order you find them. Larger institutions and university special collections may require you to present ID so again check the website before setting off.
- A good introduction to visiting a larger University collection (Bangor University) can be viewed here.