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Pages from Samuel Ward's translation of part of the King James BibleThe 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.

Links to archival information:

Apollo – University of Cambridge Repository

This repository holds the research output of members of the University of Cambridge. It is delivered and managed by the University Library's Office of Scholarly Communication team.


Janus provides access to catalogues of a growing proportion of the archives held throughout Cambridge. The work is in progress, with new catalogues being added regularly.


Discovery holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download.

Archives Hub

A national gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges.

The Cromwell Museum

The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon holds the best collection of Cromwelliana on public display in the UK. There are nearly 700 items, including portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Cromwell, and one of his death masks.