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Foundation documents, 1819 - 1969

Reference Code: GBR/0279/CPS 1/1/2

Scope and Contents

Collected file comprising chiefly photocopies of documents, papers from the Cambridge University Reporter etc, relating to the establishment and early years of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, together with some written accounts of the early history of the Society. The file was probably compiled for exhibition purposes. It contains the following:
1) Photocopy of a flyer advertising a meeting to be held 2 November 1819 in the Lecture Room under the Public Library;
2) Photocopy of a printed address read by E D Clarke at the first meeting (as above), printed 1821;
3) Photocopy of a ‘brief statement of the circumstances which led to the formation of the Cambridge Philosophical Society’, being the preface to the ‘first part of its Transactions’ [no date];
4) Photocopy of pages 121-129 of ‘Cambridge Portfolio’, comprising an account of the origins of Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1838, by ‘B’, together with an account by Leonard Jenyns of the establishment of the Society’s Museum, circa 1838?;
5) Printed ‘Rules of the Cambridge Philosophical Library’ 28 October 1881;
6) Photocopy from CU Reporter reporting the offer to the University of the use of the Society’s Library, 1881;
7) Handwritten notes made from the Cambridge Chronicle of matters relating to the Society 1819-1820 and 1869 (2 pages);
8) CU Reporter pages 541-5 (early 20thC?) concerning the Philosophical Library and Museum;
9) CU Reporter note concerning the establishment of the William Bate Hardy Prize [1962?];
10) Reports on the financial position of the Society and its Library, 1922;
11) CU Reporter report of the General Board on the rules and regulations for the Philosophical Library, 1963;
12) Address by John Willis Clark on ‘The Foundation and Early Years of the Society’ (delivered by him in 1890 on resigning the office of President and printed in the Proceedings in 1891);
13) ’Short Account of the Cambridge Philosophical Society’: 2 page typescript draft, no date, no author [circa 1969, possibly written for the 150th anniversary];
14) Photocopy of pages 190-193 of ‘Scientific and Literary Institutions’ from C H Cooper, ‘Memorials’ III, being a brief account of the establishment of the Society;
15) Photocopy of various pages of Clark and Hughes, ‘Life and Letters of Sedgwick’, 1890, relating to Adam Sedgwick’s part in the establishment and early years of the Society;
16) Photocopy of pages 278-279 of A E Shipley, ‘ ‘J’ - John Willis Clark’, 1913, from the chapter entitled ‘ ‘J at the Museum of Zoology’.


  • Creation: 1819 - 1969


1 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials



Cambridge Philosophical Society

Finding aid date

2015-05-27 08:12:29+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Philosophical Society Repository

CPS Archivist, Joan Bullock-Anderson
c/o Sedgwick Museum Archives, A G Brighton Building
Madingley Rise
Cambridge CB3 0UD