Records relating to the College’s history and estates prior to 1800 are kept in the Archives Department of Cambridge University Library (brief details are listed on their website). The collection is of considerable historical value, not only for the charters and other documents relating to the history of Queens', since many items pre-date the College's foundation (also included, for example, are a long series of accounts and other records relating to the medieval abbey of Crowland). Pre-1800 archival material can be viewed by appointment in the University Library Manuscript Reading Room.
The personal papers of several former Queens' members are kept in the College and will eventually be added to Janus, the online database for University of Cambridge archives (the only materials listed thus far are the personal papers of George Cornelius Gorham (1787-1857)).
Requests for information about post-1800 Queens' archive material should be addressed to the Fellow Archivist: Dr David Butterfield, email: email@example.com.
J.M. Cohen Collection
John Cohen (1903-1989), alumnus of Queens’, was an influential translator of European literature and the editor of several seminal literary anthologies. Cohen is credited as a major contributor to the “Latin American boom” of the 1960s, and he translated and promoted the works of authors including Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes and Jorge Luis Borges. Cohen built his book collection from gifts from authors and purchases made during visits to Spain and Argentina in the 1950s, and to Mexico and Cuba in the 1960s and 1970s. It includes signed copies of works by writers of the first Cuban revolutionary generation, works by female authors previously unrecorded in the West, an extensive collection of Soviet Russian literature, and studies on literary criticism and poetry, the pre-Columbian American past and Nahuatl literature. In addition, the collection contains correspondence between Cohen and several of the authors whose work he translated.
Peter Redgrove Collection
Peter Redgrove (1932-2003) was a British poet, novelist and playwright. It was during his education at Queens’, where he read natural sciences, that he established and edited the literary magazine Delta and joined the circle of poets known as the Group whose members included Philip Hobsbaum and Ted Hughes. Leaving Queens’ in 1954 without a degree, Redgrove went on to publish almost fifty celebrated collections of verse and dozens of plays and works of prose. His collection contains many of his published works, including volumes of poetry, novels and editions of Delta.
T.H. White Collection
Terence Hanbury White (1906-1964) is most famous for his tetralogy of Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King. An alumnus of Queens’, it was here that he studied Malory’s Morte d’Arthur¸ to which his novels were intended to be prequels, and began his lifelong interaction with Arthurian legend. White’s novels have had an immeasurable impact on literature, and served as one of the primary sources of inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. The T.H. White archive consists of his deeply personal diaries, notebooks, photographs and correspondence.
Works by current and former members and fellows of the College are collected in the members’ archive. Alumni who would like their works to be added to this catalogue are invited to send bibliographic details to the College Librarian.