Donating Items to the Archives

As well as collecting the College’s official records, the Archives are also home to the papers of individuals connected with Magdalen, as well as to items which illustrate a cross-section of College life that might not normally survive as part of the official record.

The Archivist and Assistant Archivist are therefore always very happy to hear from those who think they may have items (both printed and digital) that they would like to donate to the Archives ( This might include, but is by no means limited to, the following: photographs of matriculation groups, individuals, and sporting events; records of Magdalen clubs and societies; ephemera (menu cards, programmes, newsletters, Freshers’ guides, etc.); correspondence; reminiscences; notebooks and diaries; lecture notes and essays.

Examples of recent deposits include:

Further information about what the Archives collects, and the conditions under which material will be kept and accessed, can be found in our Collection Development and Acquisition Policy.

We aim to assist donors in finding the most appropriate home for their records and may redirect donors towards another archive repository if their records would be better suited there.

The Archives will not normally purchase any material, except in exceptional circumstances.

Autograph book kept by Bernard Rose (F 1957-81) (Acc2022/51)