Magdalen College is now a major focus for research activity around T E Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia. He was a Senior Demy (postgrad) here from 1911-1914, and Magdalen funded him to travel overseas as a postgrad and to start his career in Middle Eastern archaeology. A key mentor of his was Magdalen man David Hogarth, who was also a student here, as well as a Fellow for many years.
We hold several collections relating to Lawrence and Hogarth in the College Library and Archives, and we add to these whenever possible.
Two recent arrivals in the Archives are the papers of D G Hogarth (demy here 1881-1885, Fellow here 1886-1927) (archive reference P452) and the papers of Jeremy Wilson, official biographer of T E Lawrence (archive reference P450).
We are currently setting up an online portal during 2021 to bring together all our Library and Archive holdings in this subject area. This page brings together current strands and news for now.
We are setting up a mailing list in 2021 to share all news relating to these collections. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name added to this list. This mailing list will be transferred to our new subject portal later this year (see below). We will not share your details with third parties, nor re-use your details for other purposes.
Hogarth project, Jan 2020-Jan 2021 (cataloguing, exhibition, conference)
Ben Taylor has been cataloguing these papers since they arrived here in Dec 2019 through kind donation by members of the Hogarth family. The catalogue is now available here online: https://archive-cat.magd.ox.ac.uk/records/P452
We plan to digitise key parts of the collection in due course.
A small Hogarth exhibition showing treasures from our archive collections, curated by Ben Taylor, is currently on display in the Longwall Library and will digitised and made available later in 2021.
We are holding a major online conference on 23 Jan 2021 – for further information, see: https://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/libraries-and-archives/illuminating-magdalen/news/conference-d-g-hogarth/
If you missed the conference, please contact email@example.com as we are looking at options to share the video sessions.
Wilson project, Apr 2020-Mar 2022
Dr Lucy Smith is now cataloguing the extensive papers of Jeremy Wilson, T E Lawrence’s official biographer. This project is generously funded by the Harry and Alice Stillman Foundation, and will be completed in March 2023. As the catalogue work is completed, we will start doing more outreach activities, digitisation of key parts of the collection and also various research outputs.
If you are interested in the project, please follow us on Twitter on @ArchiveWilson. We are also setting up a new project blog during 2021.
A temporary overview of the collection is available on the online archive catalogue here: https://archive-cat.magd.ox.ac.uk/records/P450
The College Library also holds a large collection of Wilson’s own books:
Other Lawrence collections
The College Archive holds various original papers relating to Lawrence, some of which are fully catalogued:
A complete list of Magdalen’s archival holdings relating to Lawrence is available for download here, including recently acquired items which are not yet catalogued.
All Magdalen’s TEL archive items are available in digital format on request from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Old Library also contains a rich collection of print holdings about Lawrence:
Lawrence/Hogarth/Wilson portal at Magdalen
As part of the Wilson and Hogarth projects, we are currently setting up an exciting new online portal during 2021 to support the Lawrence, Hogarth and Wilson collections held at Magdalen, both in the archive and library. News on this will follow.
Lawrence of Oxford exhibition 2018
We held an exhibition on Lawrence in Oxford in 2018 in the Old Library which was very popular. The richly illustrated exhibition catalogue can be purchased here: https://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/libraries-and-archives/news/lawrence-of-oxford-catalogue-available-for-purchase/
A comprehensive online version of the exhibition is being planned for 2021 and will appear on the new portal in due course.