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Records of the Cambridge University Explorers' and Travellers' Club, 1954 - 1985

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.75

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: 1954 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

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 formed by John Graham Esplen, St Catharine's, on 9 June 1954. It sought to support worldwide expeditions led by university members through the provision of: networking opportunities for persons wishing to organise and/or support expeditions, a speaker programme, a store for expedition equipment, a cache of information on potential sources of funding and equipment, a library of maps and expedition reports, and publication of a club magazine. The associated Cambridge Expedition Committee approved around twenty-five CUETC-advocated trips annually. These expeditions were usually concerned with academic research or field work in undeveloped countries. The club's members were largely, though not exclusively, undergraduates. It liaised closely with the Geography Department and the Cambridge University Expeditions Fund. At some point between 1985 and 2007 the club changed its name Cambridge University Expeditions Society. Information about its activities is on its website at


1 volume(s) : paper

6 file(s)

12 pamphlet(s) (12 booklets)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Immediate Source of Acquisition

SOC.75.1-2 were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 12 November 2007. They had been presented by the president of the Cambridge University Explorers' and Travellers' Club, John Snyder of Christ's College, Cambridge to the Manuscripts Department on 4 July 1986 and had been give the classmark Ms.Add.8645. SOC.75.3-5 were presented to the University Archives by Dr J. Hedger on 15 November 2012.

Related Materials

Further printed records are in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 3745 and Cambridge Papers 2nd series, Societies 25). See also: MS.Add.8646 report and papers of the Cambridge Expedition to Ecuador, 1985-6.


The online catalogue entry was completed in November 2007 and emended in january 2013.


Cambridge University Explorers' and Travellers' Club

Finding aid date

2007-11-08 10:52:57+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom