Finding Aids

The principal finding aid for the Magdalen Archives is our online catalogue. However, this covers only a small portion of the College’s complete archival holdings. Not all collections are yet catalogued, especially those relating to the institutional archive or newly acquired collections which have arrived at Magdalen recently. For further information about all our collections, please visit the “About the Archives” page, or contact the Archivist (

The long-established Guide to the Archives of Magdalen College is now available in its latest edition (2022). This Guide provides the best overview of the historic archive collections held by the College, although very modern records are not included.

The typescript volumes for the medieval muniments (‘Macray’) and the estate papers (EP, aka ‘Woolgar’) were digitised in 2017. PDF files are now available from the Archivist on request, and these can be emailed to you via WeTransfer. We are currently working on a long-term project to transfer these catalogues into our online archive catalogue. Volumes will be published as soon as they have been edited and are ready to go online.

We are also currently cataloguing the papers of Jeremy Wilson (T.E. Lawrence’s official biographer). More information about this project and related collections, such as the papers of David Hogarth (F 1886-1927), can be found via our ‘Lawrence Portal’.

Further links to various historic collections can be found in the drop-down sections below.

Charter of Richard II (1367-1400), dated 9 June 1396 (Sele 62)