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The Manuscripts department welcomes enquiries in person, by phone, or by email. We are always interested to know more about the work being done on our collections so please let us know about your research and discoveries. 


Please send all enquiries to the following email address:

Curatorial staff

Members of the department each have curatorial responsibility for particular collections. They are responsible for all aspects of collection development in their specialist areas including appraisal, selection, description and cataloguing. Curatorial staff will respond to detailed enquiries about their collections. They share responsiblity for promoting our collections to all Library users and to the wider academic and public communities through a range of activities including delivering and supporting teaching based around collection material, collaborating with academics in collections-based research, developing digital resources and participating in outreach events and exhibitions.

We would be happy to hear from academic staff in the University and beyond who would be interested in creating teaching sessions using manuscript and archival material. We would also be happy to hear from researchers interested in developing projects based around our collections.      

Dr Katrina Dean
Keeper of Manuscripts (head of department) and Curator of Scientific Collections
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333156

Jacqueline Cox
Keeper of University Archives
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333147

Karen Davies
Cataloguing Archivist, Deryck Cooke Archives project (part-time: Mondays and Tuesdays)
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 765739

Dr James Freeman
Medieval Manuscripts Specialist
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333140

Dr Rosalind Grooms
Cambridge University Press Archivist (part-time: Thursdays and Fridays)
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 765739

Dr Emma Saunders
RGO archivist
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333156

John Wells
Senior Archivist
Collections: Literary archives, Political archives, Business archives, Modern manuscripts (1800-)
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333055

Kevin Roberts
Collections: Religious archives, Estate archives, Society for Psychical Research
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333141

Reading Room superintendents

All procedural questions about accessing the collections can be answered by the Reading Room Superintendents in person, and by phone and email before your visit. Within the reading room, the Superintendents can advise on handling books, self-service photography and using the various catalogues and digital resources available. 

Frank Bowles

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333143

Louise Clarke

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 765689

Michelle Barnes  (part-time: Thursdays and Saturdays)

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333143

Postal address:

Department of Manuscripts & University Archives
Cambridge University Library 
West Road