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Archives of Estate Management and Building Service, 1925 - 2002

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/EMBS

Scope and Contents

From the Management Group:

The category - Assets records - comprises records relating to property and personnel. Accounting material is in this category, alongside records of endowments, charitable trusts, buildings and employees.


  • Creation: 1925 - 2002


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 origins of Estate Management and Building Service (EMBS) can be traced back to 1923 when the Estate Management Branch of the School of Agriculture was set up, combining the teaching of estate management with the practical management of the University and College estates. In 1961, it was agreed that there should be a complete separation of the professional and building function from teaching and research: the Estate Management Advisory Service (EMAS) was established under the control of the Financial Board, and the Department of Land Economy was set up to teach the new Tripos. EMAS changed its name to EMBS in 1973 and became one of the Divisions of the Unified Administrative Service in 2001.


6 linear metre(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records have been transferred in tranches from EMBS in the 1990s and on 7 July 2003, 20 May 2004 and 8 Jan. 2016. Additionally, EMBS 1/1/41/2 was transferred by the University Centre on 5 Aug. 2013; EMBS 3/1 was transferred by the University Library Map Room on 3 May 2007.


The online catalogue was completed in October 2005 and emended in August 2006, May 2007, November 2013 and May 2016.


Estate Management and Building Service

Finding aid date

2005-03-11 17:25:17+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom