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University Registry guard books, 1327 - 2000

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/CUR

Scope and Contents

The University Registry guard books were assembled from the 1860s onwards to accommodate loose papers and are the precursors to modern subject files. They comprise documents of all kinds on every aspect of University administration; for example, accounting, professorships, degrees, University officers, property, Colleges, and relations with the town of Cambridge.
There are lists of the contents compiled by Registrary Luard (1862-91) and successors at the front of each volume. Titles are recorded as given on the spine of each volume. The contents of several guard books have been removed and reclassified, with the result that the following classmarks are no longer used: CUR 1, 40, 50.2-3, 66-66.3, 67, 74-5, 77-77.2, 101.1-4, 123-123.2, 127.


  • Creation: 1327 - 2000


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 (


40 linear metre(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A separate hard copy list of most of the contents of this series, but not later twentieth century insertions, is catalogued as UA In.5-7. The contents lists at the front of each guard book, prepared by Registrary Luard (1862-91) and successors, have been transcribed (with corrections) in certain cases and appear as part of the online descriptions.


The online catalogue was completed in April 2005 and emended on multiple occasions thereafter.

Date information

DateText: bulk seventeenth-early twentieth centuries.



Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom