Yes, to both! The college archives are all open to all researchers. However, the archivists do not always work full-time, and space is usually very limited, so you will need to arrange your visit in advance. Contact details and opening hours are available on the Colleges pages. You may need to provide some sort of identification or a reference, and you will probably be asked to sign a visitors’ book and, if you are working on modern papers, a form to say that you will abide by the terms of the Data Protection Act. There should be no problem with using a lap-top computer but, if you prefer the old-fashioned ways, then pencils rather than pens! Photocopying and photographing is often possible but this is entirely at the discretion of the archivist. It also depends on the condition of the document, and the copyright laws.
We know that researchers coming to Oxford College archives may have many initial questions to ask of us. We have brought together some of the questions we are most frequently asked, with some answers which we hope will help you.