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Records of the Cambridge University Liberal Club, 1945 - 1987

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.86

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: 1945 - 1987


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 a political society founded in 1885 by a group that included Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937, then a student at Trinity College), and Oscar Browning (1837-1923, fellow of King's College). The main activities were the speaker programme (known as Sunday tea meetings) and study groups which produced political research. It also ran speaker's classes and assisted various manifestations of the Liberal party in local and national elections. Social events included dances, sherry parties and the annual ''Green Ribbon Ball''. Previous members include Edwin Samuel Montagu, Bertrand Russell, John Maynard Keynes, Dennis Holme Robertson, Oliver Letwin and Simon Hughes. In 1988 the C.U.L.C. merged with the Cambridge University Social Democrats (founded 1981) to form the Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats. Further information about the activities of the C.S.L.D. can be found on its website:


2 linear metre(s) (2 metres) : paper, photographs

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 22 February 2008. The majority of the material had been deposited by the Cambridge University Liberal Club with the Manuscripts Department on 12 May 1987. SOC.86.1.1-2, SOC.86.3.1-10 and SOC.86.5 were deposited by Peter Anthony Richard Calvert (Queens' College, PhD. 1964) circa March 1989. Both had been given the classmark Ms.Add.8673. Item SOC.86.8 was donated by Victor Stone (Trinity College) to the University Archives on 8 September 2008.

Related Materials

Further Cambridge University Liberal Club material (1950-2006, predominantly 1950-6) is to be found amongst the personal papers of Derick Mirfin (Magdelene College, B.A. 1953) held in the Manuscripts Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Ms.Add.7785). Additional printed records are in the Rare Books Department (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 5223).


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


Cambridge University Liberal Club

Finding aid date

2007-12-21 14:09:11+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom