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University matriculation records, 1544 - 2008

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Matr.

Scope and Contents

These matriculation records relate to formal registration as a member of the University. The term matriculation comes from the requirement that undergraduates enter their names on the 'matricula' or roll of a Master, later of the University. Matriculation was instituted by statute in 1544. Registration at one time extended to College and University servants as well as to students and, extends still, to lecturers, professors, etc., and higher grade administrative officers from outside the University of Cambridge. From 1724 individuals signed their own name in the registers. For many centuries, matriculation was conditional on the taking of oaths, or making of declarations of allegiance to the Crown and of assent to the established religion. Until 1962, matriculation was performed publicly, but it now entails only the signing of a form.


  • Creation: 1544 - 2008


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 (


6 linear metre(s) : paper

Language of Materials



The online catalogue was completed in August 2004 and emended in May 2005, January and April 2008, October 2009, June 2010, January 2011 and February 2012.



Finding aid date

1998-03-20 17:23:17+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom