Records of the Ray Club, 1837 - 1976
Scope and Contents
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.
- 1837 - 1976
- University of Cambridge. Ray Club (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The club was founded on 11 March 1837 at the instigation of Charles Cardale Babington (1808-1895, then a student at St John's College), John James Smith (Gonville and Caius College), and William Haughton Stokes (Gonville and Caius College). Babington, club secretary for fifty-five years, viewed the club as the natural successor to the botanical and zoological discussions that John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861) had encouraged by hosting Friday evening soirées for his students. Henslow was also of St. John's College, and he and Babington successively held the position of professor of botany (1826-61 and 1861-95 respectively). The name of the club refers to John Ray (1627-1705), naturalist and theologian. It drew its membership primarily, though not exclusively, from senior members. It was self-selecting and limited in number. There were numerous notable members including geologist Adam Sedgwick, biblical scholar and theologian Fenton John Anthony Hort , and physicists George Gabriel Stokes and Joseph John Thomson (all of Trinity College).
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Former / Other Reference
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 5 March 2008. The bulk of the material was presented by Dr. David Edwin Coombe of Christ's College to the Manuscripts Department in 1989. SOC.89.8 was found in the papers of Sir Harry Godwin by Richard Gilbert West (his successor as professor of botany) who presented them to the Manuscripts Department later in 1989. Both transfers were given the classmark Ms.Add.8834.
The online catalogue entry was completed in March 2008.
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