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Records of the Isaac Newton University Lodge, 1861 - 2012

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.105

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: 1861 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

Records containing both names and home addresses are closed to scholars for 80 years from the date of creation, under data protection legislation.

Biographical / Historical

The lodge was founded on 21 May 1861 to carry out masonic activities. It is a lodge in the Cambridgeshire province of the United Grand Lodge of England. It was initially assigned the lodge number 1161 but from 17 October 1863 became lodge 859. The normal qualifying age of 21 years is waived by dispensation of the Provincial Grandmaster thus allowing the initiation of undergraduate members many of whom would otherwise be too young. The membership is entirely male. Further information about the lodge is on its website at: For further historical information, see anniversary history of the lodge by J. Whitehead (catalogued as SOC.105.11 below) and Michael Farrow 'Cambridge Freemasonry' in Cambridge. The magazine of the Cambridge Society No.58, mid year 2006, pp.28-30.


1 linear metre(s) (1 metre) : paper

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The bindings of the volumes, especially on the fore edge and lower edges, are heavily worn.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records (SOC.105-1-10) were transferred to the University Archives on permanent loan by Mr J. Whitehead (as Trustee of Isaac Newton University Lodge) on 10 July 2008. SOC.105.11 was presented to the University Archives by Mr Whitehead on 28 November 2012.

Related Materials

A copy of the lodge by-laws, circa 1925, is to be found amongst the papers of Arthur Roy Clapham held at Sheffield University Library (reference: NCUACS 89.2.00/A.4). Lodge menu cards for dinners held 1887-98 are to be found in albums compiled by L. Goodall held by the library of St John's College, Cambridge (reference: U.43).


The online catalogue was completed in September 2008 and emended in January 2013.


Isaac Newton University Lodge

Finding aid date

2008-09-22 14:51:25+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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