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University letters, 1453 - 1910

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Lett.

Scope and Contents

University letters were exchanged with the Crown, ministers of state and dignitaries. They covered a wide range of subjects, including the University's rights and privileges, internal governance, religious observance and legal disputes. Also included in this category are letters of royal patronage, or 'mandates', for the award of degrees and offices and, in lesser quantity, formal orations delivered on celebratory occasions.


  • Creation: 1453 - 1910


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 (


21 volume(s) : paper

Language of Materials



The online catalogue was completed in October 2004.

Date information

DateText: start date is a mid-sixteenth century copy; original letters date from 1564-1868.

Finding aid date

1998-03-20 17:19:09+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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