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Cambridge University Libraries are providing a blend of online and controlled in-person services. Please see our website for more details.


What am I searching?

ArchiveSearch provides access to finding aids and links to digital records for the majority of archives located in the city of Cambridge.

ArchiveSearch is under development with new records being added regularly. It will include many thousands of records for archives held by:

  • Cambridge University Libraries
  • University faculties and museums
  • The majority of the colleges of the University

For details of which organisations are represented on ArchiveSearch, click here.

What is ArchiveSearch?

Use ArchiveSearch to search for archives and primary sources held in Cambridge and to find out how you can access them. Find links to online digital resources and to help you plan a research visit to use archive materials.

What are archives?

Archives are records produced by individuals, families, businesses or organisations during their existence. Archives come in a huge variety of formats- from parchment documents to digital files. They are historical documents dating from early centuries to the present day. Archives are retained by their creators or by archive repositories because of their ongoing interest to researchers.

Where can I get help?

Click the HELP button below for help and information about using ArchiveSearch.

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The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.