The Department of Antiquities holds a rich collection of archival material mainly relating to the research of various British archaeologists and antiquarians. These include the papers of Sir Arthur Evans, excavator of the Palace of Minos at Knossos, and
his father, Sir John Evans, one of the leading prehistorians of the 19th century. The Antiquities archive collection also includes some material relating to the early history of the museum, although most of the administrative records of the institution
are held by the Oxford University Archives.
MacGregor, A. with M. Mendonça and J. White. Manuscript Catalogues of the Early Museum Collections 1683-1886, Part 1. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum and British Archaeological Reports International Series, 2000).
MacGregor, A and M. Hook. Manuscript Catalogues of the Early Museum Collections - the Vice-Chancellor's Consolidated Catalogue 1695. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum and British Archaeological Reports International Series, 2006).