Personal and family papers
St John's College Library's Special Collections contain the personal papers of alumni and Fellows of the College relating to their professional and private lives. (Papers created by College officers in their official capacity are kept in the College's institutional archives.) The personal papers date from the sixteenth century to the present day, with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries being most strongly represented. The collections include manuscript papers, photographs, artworks, maps, music and printed material, as well as artefacts, audio-visual and electronic media. To search the personal papers click here.
To search across all of the College's archival collections in both the Special Collections and the Archives click here.
The Library's collections of personal papers (though not the College Archives) are also included in the Janus catalogue, which includes repositories across Cambridge University and Colleges. Please note that from January 2018, records for papers at St John's will not be updated on Janus. For all new additions to the collections please consult the local catalogue. In January 2019, the records for the personal papers were also added to Archives Hub, a national catalogue bringing together the archival collections from over 300 UK repositories.
Abbott, Edwin Abbott (1838-1926), teacher and scholar. 9 boxes.
Adams, Douglas Noel (1952-2001), writer. 67 boxes.
Adams, John Couch (1819-1892), astronomer. 45 boxes.
Allen, Frank James (1854-1942), physiologist, antiquarian. 1 box.
Anderson, William Blair (1877-1959), classicist. 3 boxes.
Ashby, George (1724-1808), antiquary. 1 box.
Atkin, Peter Richard (b 1945), radio producer and director. 10 boxes.
Bailey, Stanley John (1901-1980), jurist. 2 boxes.
Balls, William Lawrence (1882-1960), botanist, cotton technologist. 3 boxes.
Beaton, Sir Cecil Walter Hardy (1904-1980), photographer, artist, writer, and designer of scenery and costumes. 38 boxes.
Benians, Ernest Alfred (1880-1952), historian. 18 boxes.
Bezzant, James Stanley (1897-1967), theologian. 1 box.
Bland, Miles (1786-1868), mathematician. 19 boxes.
Boys Smith, John Sandwith (1901-1991), theologian. 3 boxes.
Brindley, Harold Hulme (1865-1944), zoologist. 4 boxes.
Bromwich, John I'Anson (1915-1990), archaeologist and historian. 2 boxes.
Brown, William Henry (1863-1945), educationalist. 1 box.
Butler, Samuel (1835-1902), writer, artist, photographer. Books, manuscripts, music, photographs, pictures and drawings, and personal effects. 100+ boxes. For more information about the collection and Samuel Butler, visit the Samuel Butler Project website.
Cambridge Medieval History Series 4 boxes.
Campbell, Archibald Young (1885-1958), classicist. 1 box.
Carrighan, Arthur Judd (1781-1845), traveller. 2 boxes.
Castlereagh, Robert Stewart, Viscount (1769-1822), statesman. 5 letters.
Chemistry papers (1874-1898). 2 boxes.
Clarkson, Thomas (1760-1846), philanthropist. 1 box.
Colenso, John William (1814-1883), Bishop of Natal. 1 box.
Constable, William George (1887-1976), art historian. 1 box.
Coulton, George Gordon (1858-1947), historian. 4 boxes.
Cradock, Sir Percy (1923-2010), diplomat. 7 boxes.
Crook, John Anthony (1921-2007), ancient historian. 67 boxes.
D5 New Court ephemera (c. 1888-1945). 1 box.
Daniel, Glyn Edmund (1914-1986), archaeologist, writer, broadcaster. 18 boxes.
Davies, Hugh Sykes (1909-1984), English scholar. 15 boxes.
Engledow, Sir Frank Leonard (1890-1985), agriculturalist. 4 boxes.
Evans, George Clifford (1913-2006), ecologist. 4 boxes.
French, Thomas Worden (1917-2001). 2 boxes of photographs taken by him in Greece, the Dodecanese and Italy, 1944-46.
Glover, Terrot Reaveley (1869-1943), classicist. 74 boxes.
Goody, Sir Jack (b 1919), anthropologist. c. 35 files, 50 boxes.
Guest, George Howell (1924-2002), organist and choirmaster. 2 boxes.
Guillebaud, Claude William (1890-1971), economist. 1 box.
Harman, Nathaniel Bishop (1869-1945), doctor. 1 box.
Harper, Charles Hugh Richardson (1869-1947), clergyman. 5 boxes.
Heitland, William Emerton (1847-1935), classicist. 2 boxes.
Herschel, Sir John Frederick William (1792-1871), astronomer. 3 boxes.
Hiller, Alan Menzies (1895-1915), soldier. 1 box.
How, John Charles Halland (1881-1961), Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. 1 box.
Howard, Sir Henry Fraser (1874-1943), Indian Civil Servant, Senior Bursar of St John's. 2 boxes.
Hoyle, Sir Fred (1915-2001), Astronomer. 150 boxes, personal effects, preprints and offprints. For a full listing of the papers, click here. A preliminary summary is also available on the website as follows: 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100 | 101-110 | 111-159 | Personal effects | Preprints | Reprints. Access to some of this material is closed; please follow the links for details. For further information please see the Fred Hoyle Project website. On Sir Fred Hoyle see www.fredhoyle.com.
Jeffreys, Lady Bertha (1903-1999), mathematician. 55 boxes.
Jeffreys, Sir Harold (1891-1989), geophysicist, statistician. 69 boxes.
Jopson, Norman Brooke (1890-1969), philologist. 1 box.
Kendall, Sir Maurice George (1907-1983), statistician. 3 boxes.
Kendon, Frank Samuel Herbert (1893-1959), poet. 15 boxes.
Larmor, Sir Joseph (1857-1942), physicist. 4 boxes.
Lee, John (1783-1866), traveller, astronomer, antiquary. 2 boxes.
Lincoln, Jean Louis (1906-1971), lawyer. 1 box.
Lunn, John Robert (1831-1899), mathematician and musician. 4 boxes.
MacMahon, Percy Alexander (1854-1929), mathematician. 1 box.
Mallarmé, Stéphane (1842-1898), French poet. 4 boxes.
Maskelyne, Nevil (1732-1811), astronomer. 1 box.
Mayor, John Eyton Bickersteth (1825-1910), classicist and antiquary. 32 vols.
Merry, Douglas Cooper (1910-1997), electrical engineer. 3 boxes.
Miller, Edward (1915-2000), historian. 11 boxes.
Miscellaneous papers (1550-2001). 18 boxes.
Monro, Peter Alexander George (1919-2005), anatomist. 19 boxes.
Mordell, Louis Joel (1888-1972), mathematician. 7 boxes.
Morton, William Blair (1868-1949), physicist. 2 boxes.
Mullinger, James Bass (1834-1917), historian. 12 boxes.
Napoleonic War Letters and Documents 3 boxes.
Newman, Lyn (1901-1973), author and journalist. 34 boxes.
Newman, Maxwell Herman Alexander (1897-1984), mathematician. 5 boxes.
Notcutt, Stephen Abbott (1865-1923), solicitor. 1 box.
Orr, Robin Kemsley (1909-2006), musician and composer. 5 boxes.
Page, Thomas Ethelbert (1850-1936), classicist. 7 boxes.
Palmerston, Henry John Temple, Viscount (1784-1865), statesman. 1 box.
Parkinson, Stephen (1823-1889), mathematician. 1 box.
Parsons, Sir Charles Algernon (1854-1931), engineer, scientist. 1 box.
Peirson, Robert (1821-1891), astronomer. 25 boxes.
Pelling, Henry Mathison (1920-1997), historian. 21 boxes and 4 card indexes.
Pendlebury, Richard (1847-1902), mathematician. 2 boxes.
Perham, Richard Nelson (1937-2015), Master of St John's. 3 boxes.
Previté-Orton, Charles William (1877-1947), historian. SEE Cambridge Medieval History.
Price, Cedric John (1934-2003), architect. 35 boxes.
Rapson, Edward James (1861-1927), Professor of Sanskrit. 1 box.
Ratcliff, Edward Craddock (1896-1967), liturgiologist. 4 boxes.
Rootham, Cyril Bradley (1875-1938), musician. 16 boxes.
Sandys, Sir John Edwin (1844-1922), classicist. 2 boxes.
Selwyn, William (1806-1875), Professor of Divinity. 1 box.
Shore, Lewis Erle (1863-1944), physiologist and neurologist. 2 boxes.
Sikes, Edward Ernest (1867-1940), classicist. 5 vols.
Simpson, David (1745-1799), clergyman and author. 4 boxes.
Sinclair, Thomas Alan (1899-1961), classicist. 1 box.
Slavery abolition movement 6 boxes. (See also Clarkson and Wilberforce).
Smith, Arthur Edward (1871-1952), clergyman. 1 box.
Smithies, Frank (1912-2002), mathematician. 34 boxes, 8 albums.
Stewart, Hugh Fraser (1863-1948), French scholar. 1 box.
Stone, William Arthur (1870-1936), schoolmaster and clergyman. 1 box.
Swift, Herbert Walker (1894-1960), engineer. 2 boxes.
Sylvester, James Joseph (1814-1897), mathematician. 12 boxes.
Taylor, Brook (1685-1731), mathematician. 2 boxes.
Taylor, Charles (1840-1908), theologian and mathematician. 2 boxes.
Todhunter, Isaac (1820-1884), mathematician. 8 boxes.
Webb, Robert Rumsey (1850-1936), mathematician. 1 box.
White, Francis Puryer (1893-1969), mathematician. 6 boxes.
Whittaker, John William (1790-1854), theologian. 2 boxes.
Whytehead family. 1 box.
Wilberforce, William (1759-1833), philanthropist. 1 box.
Winch, Eric William (1919-2002), physician. 1 box.
Wood, James (1760-1839), mathematican. 6 boxes.
Wordsworth, William (1770-1850), poet. 1 box.