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Roberts: the papers of Sydney Castle Roberts

Reference Code: GBR/1058/ROB

Scope and Contents

The collection consists principally of printed works by Roberts and works he received and collected in the course of his research.


  • Creation: 1907 - 2022

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1887, Roberts attended Brighton College before coming up to Pembroke College in 1906. He studied Classics and History, gaining his BA in 1909. During World War I, he served as a lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment and was wounded in the Third Battle of Ypres. On his return to Cambridge he was Secretary of Cambridge University Press from 1922 to 1948, Master of Pembroke from 1948 to 1958, Vice-Chancellor of University of Cambridge from 1949 to 1951, and Chairman of the British Film Institute from 1952 to 1956. He was an author, publisher and biographer and a noted Sherlockian. He was knighted in 1958.


0.023 cubic metre(s)

Language of Materials



Greek, Modern (1453-)


Many of the papers in this collection were originally part of the Pembrochiana series in the Pembroke College Archive. However, with the transfer of additional material from the Library to the Archive relating to Roberts, it was decided a stand-alone personal papers collection was more appropriate.

Former reference


Related Materials

See GBR/1058/COL/11/18/RobertsJ for material relating to Roberts's son, John and GBR/1058/GRA/8/3 for an article by Roberts on Thomas Gray. The College holds the Library of Roberts, please contact the Librarian for access. The College holds a portrait of Roberts by Peter Greenham, please contact the College Curator for access.

December 2022
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Revision Statements

  • February 2023: Additional item added: GBR/1058/ROB/1/1a

Repository Details

Part of the Pembroke College Library Repository

Pembroke College
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