The Archives consist of College and estate papers, and the personal papers of various Masters and Fellows, most notably Samuel Ward (1572-1643), one of the translators of the King James Bible (right). For Abbot’s Langley there is an important series of court rolls from the 13th to the 19th century. Sidney Sussex College once owned much of Cleethorpes and among the estate papers is an important series of records documenting its development, together with a stick of seaside rock from the town. Other objects in the collections include Cromwell’s death mask, a flintlock pistol captured at the Battle of Worcester, and the calcified skull of a young child from Minoan Crete. Some categories of the Archives are not available for public consultation.
Catalogues and calendars:
M. Todd, 'The Samuel Ward Papers at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 8 (1985), pp. 582-92.
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