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Records of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society, and predecessors, 1950 - 1996

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.100

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: 1950 - 1996


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 as a result of the merger on 10 June 1957 of a previous society also named the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society (founded 28 April 1950) with the Cambridge University Society of Genealogists (founded 11 October 1954). Its purpose is the promotion and encouragement of the study of heraldry, genealogy and related topics. There is a regular programme of speaker meetings, outings, and social events including an annual dinner and a garden party. Former member David Vines White (Pembroke College) and former club president Michael Peter Desmond O'Donoghue (Gonville and Caius College) are now both officers of the English College of Arms (Somerset Herald and Bluemantle Pursuivant respectively). Further information about the society's activities is on its website:


2 linear metre(s) (2 metres) : paper; photograph

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Ms.Add.8304; Min.IX.49-51; SOC.I.1-5

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The items in this collection were deposited variously with the University Archives and Manuscripts Departments of Cambridge University Library from 1976. At some stage the items were united under the classmark Ms.Add.8253 in the Manuscripts Department. All were then transferred (or returned) to the University Archives on 8 May 2008. Accession dates and depositor names for individual items may be obtained from the University Archives.

Related Materials

Further printed records are in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 4507 and Cam.a.21.24). The society journal The Escutcheon. Vol. 1- (1995-) (classmark: [p/hole: 7919]) is available in the West Room of Cambridge University Library.

Related Materials

The library of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society is held by Sidney Sussex College Library, Cambridge.


The online catalogue entry was completed in June 2008.


Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society

Finding aid date

2008-05-05 11:39:35+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom