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Minutes and publications of the Cambridge Philological Society, 1874 - 1970

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.87

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: 1874 - 1970


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 society was formed in 1872 to ''promote and to publish critical researches into the language and literatures of the Indo-European group of nations, and to promote philological studies in general''. Its members have been drawn from both the university (predominantly senior members) and beyond. The society's activities have centred around a speaker programme delivered by both members and visitors. It has also published ''The Cambridge Classical Journal: proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society'' of which SOC.87.2.1. is a copy of the first volume. In the club's early history the expenses of their activities were, in part, defrayed by the dividends of an investment in stocks. Further information about the club is on the website of the Cambridge University Classics Faculty at


6 volume(s) : paper

1 pamphlet(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the records were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 21 December 2007. SOC.87.1.1-3 had been presented to the Manuscripts Department by Cambridge Philological Society on 8 November 1960; SOC.87.2 on 17 February 2005. Both had been given the classmark Ms.Add.7579. SOC.87.1.4 was presented to the University Archives by Lyn Bailey, Librarian of the Classics faculty, on 11 January 2022.

Related Materials

Further printed records are in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmarks: Cambridge Papers J 6878). Items published by the society may also be found in both a variety of Rare Books classmarks (e.g. Aa.2.89, Cam.c.914.34, Q766.c.17.1) and also on the open shelves at P766.c. A volume of minutes produced by an organisation of the same name, but no relation, is to be found in the papers of Brooke Foss Westcott (Ms.Add.8316/X).

Related Materials

A full set of ''The Cambridge Classical Journal : proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society'' and its supplements is available in the Cambridge University Classics Faculty library (classmarks: Per 94 and Per 94.1).


The online catalogue entry was completed in February 2008 and emended in September 2015, January 2017 and June 2022.


Cambridge Philological Society

Finding aid date

2007-12-21 14:09:15+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom