Featured collections

Featured collections

Foundational collections

The following collections were received by internal transfer in the early days of our archival programme, and form the foundational collections of the College Archives.

St. John’s College fonds (FSJC)

This fonds comprises documentary records of the College’s administration dating from the foundational years of St. John’s Hall (1912), including minute books, registers, administrative files, letters, financial records and legal documents. There is also a small number of records related to St. Stephen’s Hall (1922) and the Hong Kong Union Theological College (1956).

The majority of materials in this fonds are still being processed and remain uncatalogued. We are focusing on cataloguing and digitising photographs at the moment. Their descriptions are available under the “Photographs” subfonds (FSJC-PH).

St. John’s College Students’ Association fonds (FSJCSA)

This fonds comprises records of the undergraduate students’ association of the College. These include records of the proceedings of the general meetings and elections (e.g. agenda and notices, motion papers, minutes, and ballot papers), as well as records of cabinets, proposed cabinets and committees (e.g. cabinet meeting agenda and minutes, forum minutes, working documents of cabinet members, correspondences and notices). The earliest records date back to 1974.

St. John’s College Student Life Collection (FSTU)

This collection consists of assorted publications, photographs, artefacts and memorabilia that document undergraduate student life in St. John’s College. These items were retrieved from various corners of the College campus during the founding years of the College Archives, or transferred to the College Archives after their creation or use. They were arranged into a single collection to facilitate access and management.

We are still in the process of cataloguing all materials in this collection. Some materials of the following subcollections have been catalogued, and their descriptions are now available:


We have selected some of the more important photographs from our collections as featured photos. You may access the full version of a featured photo (i.e. high resolution image) by clicking the link in the “Conditions governing access” field on the archival description view page. Visit this page to learn more about accessing the full version.

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Last updated: 2 January 2021