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Records of the Cambridge University Graduate Society, 1955 - 1984

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Grad.Soc.

Scope and Contents

These are the papers assembled by Mrs M.B. ('Greta') Burkill, first President of Cambridge University Graduate Society. As such they chiefly cover the period from its formal recognition by the University to her resignation in 1968 and document the full range of its operations.


  • Creation: 1955 - 1984


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From the Management Group:

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Biographical / Historical

Established by Mrs M.B. ('Greta') Burkill as the Junior Graduate Club in 1955, to provide social amenities and focus for graduate students, the organisation was recognised by the University in 1962 and renamed the Graduate Society. Meeting first in the Smaller Examination Hall, in 1962 the Society was allocated rooms at 9 West Road and in 1963 at 32 Trumpington St. From the mid 1960s, plans for the new University Centre on Granta Place were intended to include provision for the Society. It took up partial residence in 1967, being also accommodated at 12 Mill Lane. The Society's President, Mrs Burkill resigned in 1968. The Society continued to exist until about 1980.


5 archive box(es) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was transferred to the University Archives on permanent loan by Mrs M.B. Burkill, first President of the Graduate Society, in November 1980. The obituary of Mrs Burkill was transferred after 1984.


The online catalogue was completed in June 2005.

Date information

DateText: bulk 1962-8.


Cambridge University Graduate Society

Finding aid date

1998-03-20 11:58:10+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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