fonds EEA - English Episcopal Acta Archive

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English Episcopal Acta Archive


  • c 1973-2003 (Creation)

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0.06 cubic metres

3 boxes

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Administrative history

The English Episcopal Acta Project is a British Academy Research Project launched in 1973. Its aim is to edit and publish copies of all surviving charters and other formal documents issued by English bishops between the Norman Conquest and the start of episcopal registers in the thirteenth century.

Its first general editor was Dr David Smith, then Director of the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research in York, and it was he who published the project's inaugural work, 'English Episcopal Acta: Lincoln 1067-1185' in 1980. Other key figures include Professors Christopher Cheney, Christopher Brooke and Barrie Dobson, who all served as Chairs of the English Episcopal Acta editorial committee. In 1999 the project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board to employ an additional Research Assistant, Dr Philippa Hoskin, for three years.

In 1995 the English Acta Database was developed in conjunction with the British Academy to transfer the data to computer, and in 2002 a search interface was created. New data continued to be added until 2004 when its funding came to an end.

To date the project has published 45 volumes of episcopal acta. Its current general editor is Dr Philippa Hoskin.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2010.

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Scope and content

Includes British Academy Committee on English Episcopal Acta meeting papers, 1973-2003; papers concerning project funding, including AHRB grant, 1993-2002; correspondence with editors and other contributors, c.1973-2003; papers concerning visit of Committee on Academy Research Projects and the Humanities Research Board to the project, 1995; and papers concerning English Episcopal Acta computer database, c.1994-2000.


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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English
  • Latin

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The archive has not yet been catalogued, please contact the Borthwick Institute for further information.

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by S. A. Shearn, 04.04.17.




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