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William Frere papers, 1800 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/FRE

Scope and Contents

The papers here are those which have come to the archives separate from other of Frere's papers and records of college administration, or which have been stored separately. Some of his College bursarial and financial papers survived as part of the official College Archive and are listed as part of this elsewhere. The fact they were stored separately suggests that they were considered by Frere to be his private papers. There is no proof of this and they may have been sorted out after his death. Annotations on letters suggest they may have been kept by Thomas Worsley after his succession as Master. Many of the papers do concern Downing College business.
Also included here are photocopied and transcribed Frere family letters, the originals of which seem to have had a different custodial history again.


  • Creation: 1800 - 1899


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

Some records series are subject to confidentiality restrictions with the following closure periods: 30 years from date of creation for general administration files, legal records and financial files; 50 years from date of creation for governmental records, including papers of the College Governing Body and College Council, and constituent committees; 100 years from date of creation for personal and personnel records, including tutorial files, staff and fellows files and appointment records, personal finance and pension records. In addition sensitive correspondence and papers concerning College affairs such as disputes and disciplinary matters are closed for 100 years. Restrictions apply on some personal and private papers.

Biographical / Historical

Serjeant-at-Law, William Frere was one of the first Fellows of Downing College at its foundation in 1800 and was the College's second Master, 1812-1836. He was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1819-20.


c. 4 archive box(es) : Paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Much of the Frere correspondence was given to Rev. H.W.P.Stevens (as College Historian) at the request of the Master of Downing College, by Arthur Frere, the grandson of William Frere. He donated them 1 Jan 1929 and the letter can be seen in DCCP/STE.

Related Materials

DCPP/STE; DCAR/1/1/06/02/04 for estates correspondence; DCAR/1/6/1b and DCAR/1/6/1f/3 for financial papers.

Date information

DateText: (1782) to 1980s..


Frere, William

Finding aid date

2001-06-08 16:09:29+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
Downing College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1DQ United Kingdom
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