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Archives of Cambridge University Women's Boat Club, 1943 - 2015

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/CUWBC

Scope and Contents

Original records of Cambridge University Women's Boat Club are few before the mid-1970s. Earlier information will be found in the personal recollections, papers and photographs of former members solicited by Iris Preston and others in section 3. Fund raising records are in both sections 1 and 4.


  • Creation: 1943 - 2015


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

From 1893 onwards, Newnham College alone regularly maintained a Boat Club, but in 1941students from Girton were invited to join Newnham to form a joint University crew to compete again Oxford. The Club dates its foundation from this event. The first Boat Race was held on the Cam on 8 March 1941; Oxford were the winners. For information on the history of the Club, see Iris Winifred Preston, From Newnham College Boat Club to C.U.W.B.C. (1992) and Jane Kingsbury and Carol Williams, Cambridge University Women's Boat Club 1941-2014. The struggle against inequality (Trireme, Cambridge: 2015).


3 linear metre(s) : paper, photograph

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The archives were transferred to the University Archives as a permanent deposit by Jane Kingsbury on 24 August 2015. An additional Henley races programme 1993 was transferred by JK on 17 March 2016. CUWBC 2/7 was transferred by Dr Lucy Delap, Fellow of Murray Edwards College on behalf of the Boat Club on 14 October 2019.


The online catalogue was completed in January 2016 and emended in May 2016.


Cambridge University Women's Boat Club

Finding aid date

2015-11-26 16:12:42+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom