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Letter of Mortmain: THAR/8/2/2/6/4

(Letter of Mortmain: THAR/8/2/2/6/4)

History of the Archive and Contents

Trinity Hall was founded in 1350, and though few documents survive from that period, the Archive is rich in material from the 16th century onwards, including charters, property deeds, and letters patent. The material in the Archive chiefly relates to College administration, including several sets of bursarial records dating back to the 16th century, records of College estates, and documents and plans relating to the College buildings. As well as general tutorial records, there is material on College societies and sports clubs from the 19th century onwards and collections of photographs of fellows, staff, and students. There is little in the way of personal papers of fellows, even celebrated ones. However, thanks to the generosity of the Elvin family, the diaries of Lionel Elvin, fellow and eminent civil servant of the 20th century, are on loan to the College.

The complete catalogue of the Archive's collections can be found here.


Enquiries should be directed to the College Archivist, Alexandra Browne. Please note that the Archivist can only answer simple questions and provide information about materials held within the Archive, but cannot undertake detailed research for enquirers. Please send your enquiry by email to archivist@trinhall.cam.ac.uk or by post to: Trinity Hall Archive, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ


Enquirers are welcome to visit the Archive to consult materials in our collection, but they must book an appointment with the Archivist prior to their arrival. Please note, the Archive is only open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30am - 4:45pm.


The College is always pleased to receive donations of material that relate to the College, although it may not be possible to accept all donations due to space constraints. If you are interested in donating any material relating to Trinity Hall to the Archive, please contact the Archivist and see our Collection Policy.

The Archive would particularly be interested in receiving the following:

  • Personal papers of alumni and fellows;
  • Student Society records, including termcards and photographs;
  • Material relating to College Balls.


Contact the Archives:

The College Archives
e: archivist@trinhall.cam.ac.uk

Fellow Archivist & Librarian

Dr William O'Reilly
t: +44 1223 765956


Alexandra Browne
t: +44 1223 764103

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