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Records of the Cambridge University Spanish Society, 1917 - 1975

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.I

Scope and Contents

From the Management Group: The category - Student administration and support records - comprises records relating to student admissions at all levels, graduate students, visiting senior scholars, student careers advice and welfare, together with the records of clubs and societies.


  • 1917 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

The society was founded as the Cambridge branch of the Anglo-Spanish Society in 1917 by a group of senior members that included A.E. Shipley, Master of Christ's College and Vice-Chancellor. In 1924 its name changed to the Spanish Society, and again, circa 1968, to the Cambridge University Hispanic Society. It catered for both senior and junior members interested in ''all aspects of Hispanic culture, politics, society and civilisation'' and ran a speaker programme along with a reading circle, annual play, recitals, film showings, fiestas, and tertulias. Further information about the club's activities is on its website at


5 volume(s) : paper and photographs

5 file(s)

7 collection (5 volumes, 5 files and 7 sets of photographs)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Items in SOC.I.2 were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 18 October 2007. They had been deposited by Cambridge University Hispanic Society with the Manuscripts Department on 5 May 1980 and had been given the classmark Ms.Add.8268. Those in SOC.I.1 and SOC.I.3 (bar SOC.I.3.1.1) were transferred to the University Archives on 12 November 2007. They had been deposited by Prof. E.M. Wilson, Emmanuel College, Cambridge with the Manuscripts Department on 21 October 1974 and had been given the classmark Ms.Add.7978. Initially the material was in the possession of John Brande Trend, professor of Spanish 1933-53. At some point it passed Richard Henry Boulind (Clare, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1965) who in turn passed it to E.M. Wilson probably around 1960. The provenance of SOC.I.3.1.1 is not known.

Related Materials

Further printed records are in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 8075 and 2nd series, Societies 158). See also the papers of John Brande Trend (Professor of Spanish and President of the Society from 1933) at classmark MS.Add.7673


The online catalogue was completed in May 2005 and emended in November 2007.


Cambridge University Spanish Society

Finding aid date

1998-05-06 11:41:00+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom

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