The primary holdings of our archives are related to the history of the school from 1593 to the present day. Whilst the largest archival collections come from the 19th and 20th centuries at Stonyhurst, there are considerable surviving materials from our predecessor English Jesuit Colleges of St Omers, Bruges, and Liege.

In addition to records of the school, the Archivium contains a wide variety of records and items from the mediaeval period to the 20th century. Among these are:

  • Papers from recusant families – including the Shireburns and Welds, who owned the Stonyhurst estate before the College’s arrival in 1794
  • Documents related to Jesuit history and education
  • The Boardman Collection of Mediaeval Manuscripts at Stonyhurst
  • Holdings of theological manuscripts including treatises, sermons, and other works from the 16th to the 19th centuries

The Catalogue of the Boardman Collection of Mediaeval Manuscripts at Stonyhurst has recently been revised and updated, and a PDF can be found here.

Should you wish to submit an enquiry to the Archives, please contact the Archives Manager, whose contact details can be found here.

If you would like to visit the Archives, see information about visiting here. Please note, appointments must be made with the Archives Manager in advance of a visit.