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Residential College Histories

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The list below is a working bibliography of residential college histories. It includes college-specific works as well as some histories of entire residential college systems; it does not in general include university histories that contain residential college sections or chapters. Also not included are histories of the Oxford and Cambridge University colleges. Such works have been published for centuries and constitute a genre of their own. One recent Cambridge college history does merit special mention, however, as a model for all others:

This is a beautifully illustrated and sumptuously produced volume that even comes with a compact disc of “Reflections of Clare in music performed by members of Clare College.” I recommend it highly and hope that every residential college will someday be so lovingly chronicled.

I would be pleased to hear of other residential college histories that might be added to this list, and to receive copies for the Collegiate Way’s permanent collection if possible.

¶ For additional publications on residential colleges please visit the Collegiate Way’s page of recommended readings, and for general information please visit the main Collegiate Way page.



Great Britain

United States

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