The Library holds several collections of unpublished papers, many relating to individuals or projects associated with Nuffield College. They include the personal papers of Lord Nuffield (William Morris), G.D.H. Cole and Margaret Cole, and material relating to the Nuffield College Social Reconstruction Survey. Among the other unpublished papers held by the Library are the personal papers of Lord Cherwell (Frederick Lindemann) and a large number of the papers of William Cobbett. Please see the Archive collections
page for further information on the Library's holdings.
During the 1950s, the library of the late G.D.H. Cole was acquired by the College. The greater part of the collection was incorporated into the main stock of the Library, but, in accordance with Cole's wishes, a number of smaller collections have been kept apart. These include the Cobbett collection.
Please note: The papers of the Fabian Society were transferred to the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1995. The papers of Sir Stafford Cripps were transferred to the Weston
Library (formerly the "New Bodleian") in 2001. Nuffield Library does, however, retain some Cripps correspondence in the Lord Cherwell collection.
Anyone seeking access to material in College papers is asked to apply in writing (email is fine!) to the Librarian:
The Archives Assistant
Nuffield College Library
Members of Oxford University should bring their University card as ID. External archive readers must produce a letter of accreditation on their first visit to the Library or identification from their home institution; readers are not permitted to consult archives without proper identification and verification of their status.
Access is during normal Library opening hours: 9.30 a.m.-5.30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A reduced service is available between 12.30 and 1.30 p.m. The Library is closed to archive readers during mornings from mid-July to mid-September, and during the Christmas and Easter breaks.
Wheelchair access to the Library is possible with assistance. Please telephone ahead of your visit, or apply at the Lodge on arrival.