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The Clare Archives contain an extensive collection of papers, publications and records which document the history of the College since its foundation in 1326. The collection, which includes academic and administrative records, details of College finances and land and property ownership, details of various clubs and societies and records of individual members. Unfortunately, a fire in Old Court in 1521 destroyed many of the early College documents – nevertheless, the archives provide an excellent insight into life at Clare throughout history, particularly from the 16th century to the present day. For more detailed information about the archives, please visit the College Archives webpage.

The Edgar Bowring Archivist, Robert Athol, will be very happy to answer any questions you may have about the archives and College history. If you would like to arrange to visit the archives please contact the archivist or email the library with your request. Likewise, if you would like to donate documents or other articles to the archives, please contact the archivist.