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Archives of Cambridge University Cricket Club, 1820 - 2005

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/CUCC

Scope and Contents

Students of Cambridge cricket will find much of interest in the archives of Cambridge University Cricket Club. The earliest scoring books, membership and financial records cover periods crucial to the development of the club, while in more recent times, extensive correspondence of both Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary illustrate both the numerous problems involved in running a first-class cricket team with essentially amateur resources, and the many hours of devoted work put in by senior and junior club officials alike. Further, these correspondence files provide an interesting insight into the relations between various senior clubs and national institutions at the heart of English cricket: the Marylebone Cricket Club, and the Test and County Cricket Board.


  • Creation: 1820 - 2005


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 history of organised University cricket at Cambridge stretches back over 150 years, and for several decades towards the end of the nineteenth century the University team was ranked among the three or four best sides in the country. Although stricter admissions policies, the ever increasing importance of success in the tripos examinations and the growing professionalism of the game at its highest level have together reduced the importance of University cricket, the Cambridge XI, along with its Oxford counterpart, retains first-class status, remains capable of springing the occasional surprise on county sides and continues as of old to produce players of international calibre.


4.5 linear metre(s) : Paper

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

The records were first catalogued by Mark Nicholls in October 1996. The many unused numbers in records sequences reflected the hope that future transfers from the Club would fill the gaps. His list was converted into digital form in October 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records catalogued as I/1-46, 90, II/1-6, III/1-82, IV-VIII were deposited by the Club in 1990; II/7-11, III/90-100 were deposited in 1996; I/47-52, 55-9, 101-2, 110-1 by G. Phillips [? on behalf of the Club] in 2007; II/11 (addnl), II/12, III/6 (addnl), IV/9-10 were deposited by John Pollard, Trinity Hall, in 2011. The records deposited by the Club are on indefinite loan. The records deposited by John Pollard are a gift.


The online catalogue was completed in 2002 and emended in November 2007 and December 2011.


Cambridge University Cricket Club

Finding aid date

1999-12-01 19:06:54+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom