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Archives of Cambridge University Officers Training Corps and antecedent bodies, 1859 - 1984

 Fonds — Container: CUOTC
Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/CUOTC

Scope and Contents

The records relate primarily to the Officers Training Corps and its immediate predecessor and closest in terms of membership, the Rifle Volunteers. Membership records and photographs are the most significant surviving materials.
In view of the simultaneous existence of several bodies for which records survive however, to avoid confusion the originating body for each is specified throughout the catalogue at the lowest level of description.


  • 1859 - 1984


Conditions Governing Access

The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts, 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

Officers Training Corps were established all over Britain after 1907 as part of the reform of the Army by Lord Haldane (1856-1928). Their aim was the provision of as many officers as possible for the Special Reserve and Territorial Forces. The movement had two divisions: a Senior based in the Universities and a Junior working in the schools. In Cambridge University, the Corps came into being in 1909. Its membership was largely that of Cambridge University Rifle Volunteers which at that time disbanded. The Volunteers had themselves emerged from the Cambridge University and Town Rifle Club in 1860, separating in order to form a financially independent corps of University members only, organised on military lines.


4 linear metre(s) : paper, photograph, negative and vellum

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

The records were originally catalogued by Kate Peters in 1995. The list was converted to digital form in October 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of records were transferred to the University Archives in batches by Lieut.-Col. G.P. Blaker, 1981-4. These records are on indefinite loan. Additionally, CUOTC 8/9 was presented to the University Archives by Sophie Bridges, Archivist, Selwyn College, on 28 January 2003; CUOTC 8/10 presented by Mr S.C. Staff on 22 February 2011; CUOTC 8/11 presented by Erica McDonald, Assistant Ward Librarian, Peterhouse, on 23 March 2013; CUOTC 7/15 placed on indefinite loan by C.J.R. Thorne on 15 May 2019.

Related Materials

For further related archival material among the University Archives, see UA CUR 64*.


The online catalogue was completed in 2002 and emended in November 2004, January 2008, June 2011, November 2013, November 2014 and June 2019.


Cambridge University Officers Training Corps

Finding aid date

2000-02-01 18:33:13+00:00

Repository Details

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