Books and pamphlets about New College, Oxford and Winchester College
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New College Library’s Colleges of St Mary Winton Collection holds around 200 books, pamphlets, and journal article off-prints relating to the life and history of the two linked educational institutions, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, founded by William of Wykeham (1324–1404). Winchester College was founded in 1382 as the feeder school for New College, Oxford, founded in 1379; this double foundation provided the model for King Henry VI’s subsequent founding of Eton College (1440) and King’s College, Cambridge (1441), New College’s sister college.
New College and Winchester share the same motto, “Manners Makyth Man”, devised by William of Wykeham, as well as the same crest.
The Collection is a closed-access one; items cannot be browsed on open shelves, but should be requested in person via the Library Office or by sending an email request. Some of the items are borrowable, and some are confined to usage within the Library only.
If you would like to make a comment about the Colleges of St Mary Winton Collection, or you wish to suggest new books or pamphlets to be added to the Collection, you are invited to contact the Librarian. The Library aims to acquire new items published about both New College and Winchester College and also seeks to backfill its holdings by acquiring appropriate modern antiquarian items as well.
Items in the Collection bear shelfmarks beginning OX1/. They form part of the larger Local History collection held by New College Library.
New College Archives constitute the principal repository of historical archival materials relating to the foundation of the College, and the running of the College and its estates, up to the present day. Most of New College’s older archives are described in: Francis Steer, The Archives of New College, Oxford: A Catalogue (London: Phillimore, 1974). Similarly, the principal repository for Winchester are the Winchester College Archives.
Both New College and Winchester College also provide resources relating to their current affairs and their history in publications accessible via their websites:
- New College Library publishes the College’s e-journal, New College Notes, dedicated to learned notes on aspects of New College’s history and the collections of New College Library and Archives;
- Current issues of the New College Record, the College’s annual report, and New College News, its annual newsletter, are available online;
- Current issues of The Trusty Servant, a Winchester College Society publication, The Wykehamist, the School’s magazine, and The Wykeham Journal of Winchester College are also available via Winchester College’s website.
A useful guide to New College's buildings and their history is also freely available online: ‘New College’, in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of Oxford (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1939), pp. 84-91.