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Papers relating to honorary degree ceremonies, 1984 - 2005

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Degr.H.

Scope and Contents

The papers include, variously: copy minutes of the Standing Advisory Committee on Honorary Degrees; correspondence in support of candidates; correspondence relating to arrangements for the Congregations at which the degrees are conferred and such associated events as lunches, visits and entertainments, lists of invitees, press releases, drafts of orations and orders of proceedings, guides for officiating staff, Secretary's concluding evaluation reports.


  • Creation: 1984 - 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 Senate House Syndicate is the body responsible for organising the Congregations at which honorary degrees are conferred, once the Advisory Committee on Honorary Degrees has chosen the honorands and their awards have been graced.


4 linear metre(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred in batches, not chronological, chiefly from the Vice-Chancellor's office, in 2000, 2002-3, 2005, 2008, 2013. The 2013 transfer necessitated a complete renumbering.

Related Materials

See also among the University Archives: R394 - Registry files of correspondence, etc. re arrangements; O.IX: Bedells' papers; O.VIII: Orations; Degr.M.13, etc: honorands proposed.


The online catalogue was completed in January and emended in August 2006, December 2008 and June 2014..


Secretary to the Senate House Syndicate

Finding aid date

1998-05-04 15:52:46+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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