The institutional records of St John’s College are among some of the richest in Cambridge. The main categories include:
- Institutional archives of St John’s since 1511 including statutes, registers of membership, orders and minutes of its organs of government, accounts, records of its buildings, benefactions and the administration of property. These records are added to regularly.
- Records and household accounts of Lady Margaret Beaufort the College’s foundress, and mother of King Henry VII.
- Rich medieval archive of deeds account rolls inherited from the Hospital of St John the Evangelist which preceded the College on the same site.
Many of these records have a fascination far removed from the dryness of their titles.