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Records of the Garrick Club, 1833 - 1847

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.48

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.


  • Creation: 1833 - 1847


Conditions Governing Access

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The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR. Restrictions on access are imposed on certain categories of sensitive record: financial, governmental and personal, by order of the originating body or under data protection legislation. Access information, including opening hours and how to obtain a reader's ticket, appears as part of the Library's web site (

Biographical / Historical

The club was created in 1833 by former members of the Cambridge drama society 'The Shakespeare Club', run by W.H. Smith. It was sometimes also referred to as the Cambridge Garrick Club and was founded to facilitate the performance of theatrical works and, as such, had both performing and non performing members. Its rules stated that members were to encourage the "diffusion of a taste for polite literature and rational amusement".


3 volume(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Ms.Add.5048-9, Ms.Add.7786

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 3 October 2007. Items SOC.48.1.1 and 2 had been bequeathed by J.W. Clark, M.A. Trinity College, Registrary, to the Manuscripts Department in 1910 and had been given the classmark Ms.Add.5048 and 9. Item SOC.48.2 had been bought from W.A. Myers (Autographs) Ltd., 80 New Bond Street, London, W1 by the Manuscripts Department on 9 October 1969 and had been given the classmark Ms.Add.7786.

Related Materials

Further printed records are in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 4151).

Related Materials

A letter from the secretary of the Garrick Club to George Humphrey Wolferstan Rylands and a signed club dinner menu card belonging to Oscar Browning are in their personal papers held at King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge (reference: GBR/0272/PP/GHWR/3/193 and OB/1/85/A).


The online catalogue entry was completed in October 2007 and emended in November 2007 and February 2008.

Date information

DateText: end date inferred.


Garrick Club

Finding aid date

2007-10-02 17:15:59+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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