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Archives of Cambridge University Development Office (CUDO), 1967 - 2012

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

Scope and Contents

The records are limited in quantity and patchy in their coverage of CUDO activities, comprising chiefly fund-raising publications, events material and administrative records of the American Friends.


  • 1967 - 2012


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

A University Development Unit was set up in 1987 'to advise on and assist with special appeals and undertake new fund-raising projects'. It was run by a Development Director who reported to an Advisory Committee. At the end of 1988 it was agreed (Grace 8, 14 December 1988) to establish the Cambridge Foundation as a trust through which funds raised could be channelled to development goals. The Unit was renamed Cambridge University Development Office (CUDO) in November 1991. The Advisory Board was replaced by a Joint Committee on Development in 2002. The Cambridge University Development Office in the United States of America (CUDOUS) was established in 1990 'to give further impetus to fund-raising in the United States' (Cambridge University Reporter, 1990-91, p. 135) and by Grace 12 of 14 November 1990 the Council was authorized to approve allocations towards the running expenses of the Office within the approved estimates of the University Development Unit. CUDOUS merged with the American Friends of Cambridge University in 2000-1 to form Cambridge in America. The American Friends of Cambridge University had been established in 1967 'to assist in financing, out of funds contributed to it, approved projects for the support of the Colleges, Departments, Faculties, and other educational cultural and research institutions within the University of Cambridge'. The merger reflected a desire for the University and Colleges to work more closely in fund-raising. Cambridge Alumni Relations Office (CARO) was formally launched as a sub-section of CUDO in Spring 2009, on the merger with the Development Office of the Cambridge Society.


5 linear metre(s) : paper, audio tape, video tape

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material relating to development activities has been transferred to the University Archives sporadically and from several sources. DEVT.A 1/1-8 was transferred by the Development Office in June 1998; 1/9-13 from the same source 20-30 June 2006; 1/14 from the same source on 12 July 2007; 1/15-16 from the Cambridge Alumni Relations Office on 8 June 2010; 1/17 from the same source on 5 July 2010; DEVT.A 2-3 from the same source on 28 November 2001; DEVT.A. 4-6 from Peter Fox, University Librarian, on 25 March 2009 with additional item catalogued as DEVT.A.4 from Development Office on 9 April 2010; DEVT.A.5 from Marjolein Allen, University Library , on 28 Apr. 2017; DEVT.B 1-2 from the Development Office on 28 November 2009; DEVT.B 3 from the same source in 1999; DEVT.C 1-3 from the same source on 28 November 2001; DEVT.C 4 from Mr Geoffrey Skelsey, Vice-Chancellor's Office, in 1999 and added to by Dr E. Leedham-Green in 2010 and Mr T. Milner, Vice-Chancellor's Office in 2012; DEVT.C 5 from Mr Peter Fox, University Librarian on 25 March 2009; DEVT.D 1 from the Development Office on 10 July 2002; DEVT.E 1 from an unidentified individual in 1999.

Related Materials

See also among the University Archives: the records of the Cambridge Society (UA CAMSOC); records relating to Public Relations Management (UA PRM).


The online catalogue was completed in 2004 and emended in September 2009 , March and May-July 2010, July 2012 and June 2017.


Cambridge University Development Office

Finding aid date

1998-01-13 17:12:00+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.