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Records of the Cambridge University Judo Club, 1929 - 2008

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.85

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: 1929 - 2008


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

Judo was introduced in Britain circa 1920 by Yukio Tani and, although the precise date of foundation is not known, the Cambridge University Judo Club was one of the earliest. Indeed, a Ju-Jitsu Club had operated from 1906. The club's activities have included providing tuition for both novice and graded players; the entry of teams into local, regional and national competitions; national and international tours; and display demonstrations. There was also a programme of social events. Further information about the club's activities is on its website:


2 linear metre(s) : paper, photographs

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records now catalogued as SOC.85.1-6 and part of 7 were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 20 February 2008. The bulk had been deposited by the Cambridge University Judo Club with the Manuscripts Department on 3 January 1989. An additional deposit was made circa 2001. Both had been given the classmark Ms.Add.8721. Mr Mark Ellis presented the records now catalogued as SOC.85.8 on 7 December 2018. Jake Zipfel (Darwin College) deposited records catalogued as SOC.85.2(addnl), 4(addnl), 6(addnl) and SOC.85.9-13 on 30 November 2019 and the issues of Judo magazine now catalogued as SOC.85.7 (part) on 6 March 2020.

Related Materials

A circular for freshers circa 1970 is in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 4825).

Related Materials

See also the papers of Richard Bowen (1926-2005), judo historian, at the University of Bath Library (


See M.J. Callan 'Elite sport and education support systems, a case study of the Team Bath Judo Programme at the University of Bath' (Ph.D. thesis, 2008)


The online catalogue entry was completed in February 2008 and emended in August 2019.


Cambridge University Judo Club

Finding aid date

2007-12-21 14:09:07+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom