Hertford College Archives are open to all researchers whether academics, students or private individuals. Most of our records are available for consultation, however, we reserve the right to restrict access if the condition or nature of the records requires it. 

The core collection was catalogued in 1985; and a typescript version of this catalogue is available in the Library Office. There is no online access to the catalogue database at present.


Enquiries may be made by letter, telephone or email. Please note that the Assistant Archivist works one day a week and that it may take up to two weeks to answer enquiries.  The Assistant Archivist is happy to answer enquiries free of charge; however, we cannot undertake detailed or time-consuming research for individual enquirers. If this is likely to be the case please talk to the Assistant Archivist about visiting the Archives in person or making arrangements for the research to be carried out by a third person.


Hertford College welcomes researchers who wish to consult the Archives in person. Researchers should make an appointment in advance by contacting the Assistant Archivist, so that we can book a reading room, and retrieve records ahead of a visit. Please bring one form of Photo ID such as a University Matriculation Card, Passport or Driving License; and complete a visitor form on arrival.

 The Archives are open to the public on Mondays, 9.30am-5.00pm throughout the year. Please contact:

Dr Lucy Rutherford, Assistant Archivist

Hertford College, Catte St, Oxford, OX1 3BW
Tel (direct line): 01865 279409
Email: archives [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk


Please note that parking in central Oxford is very limited and that there is no parking available in the College. Visitors are strongly advised to use public transport or the Park and Ride scheme to travel to Oxford. The College is a short taxi drive or 15-20 minute walk from the train and bus station.


For visitors with any additional needs, please contact the Assistant Archivist in advance so that we can help plan your visit. In particular if you have mobility problems or difficulty in using stairs please let us know in advance so that we can book an accessible reading room.

 Handling Archives

All archival material should be handled carefully and in accordance with our Document Handling Guidelines. In particular researchers should not eat or drink near archival material. Visitors will be reminded of the handling guidelines; and any necessary equipment such as pencils, book rests and weights will be made available. Please come prepared to use pencils or a laptop rather than pens or biros to make notes. If an item is too fragile to be handled we will consider making a surrogate version such as a photograph or scan available. 

Please click here to download a print version of our Information for Visitors