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General reference

Members of the University

Student publications

University sport

World War One


Study subjects

General reference

A history of the University of Cambridge [general editor Christopher Brooke] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988-2004) (CUL classmark: 477:1.c.95.81-84):
(v. 1) The University to 1546 by Damian Riehl Leader
(v. 2) 1546-1750 by Victor Morgan; with a contribution by Christopher Brooke
(v. 3) 1750-1870 by Peter Searby
(v. 4) 1870-1990 by Christopher N.L. Brooke.

Alan Cobban The medieval English universities: Oxford and Cambridge to c.1500 (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1988) (CUL classmark: 240.c.98.1600)

Alan Cobban English university life in the Middle Ages (London: UCL Press, 1999) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.999.2)

Elisabeth Leedham-Green A concise history of the University of Cambridge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996) (CUL classmark: 477:1.c.95.120)

H.E. Peek and C.P. Hall The archives of the University of Cambridge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962) (CUL classmark: Cam.b.961.7)

John Robert Seeley, The Student’s guide to the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, 1862 and later editions) (CUL classmark: Cam.d.1.10.1-5)

D.A. Winstanley Unreformed Cambridge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1935) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.935.15)

Ordinances of the University of Cambridge (Cambridge: University of Cambridge, 1858-1994) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.1.30.1-91). Recent editions of the Statutes and Ordinances, 2008 to the present edition, are available online.

Cambridge University Reporter 1870- (CUL classmark: R241.40). Issues of the Reporter from the 1997-98 academical year to the present are available online.

Robert Willis and J.W. Clark, The architectural history of the University of Cambridge and of the colleges of Cambridge and Eton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1886) (CUL classmark: Cam.a.886.6-9)

Members of the University

Biographical registers:

A.B. Emden, A biographical register of the University of Cambridge to 1500 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1963) (CUL classmark: R243.C23)

John and J.A. Venn Alumni Cantabrigienses from the earliest times to 1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1922-54) (CUL classmark: R243.C4). Available online as ACAD: A Cambridge Alumni Database.


The Historical Register of the University of Cambridge to the year 1910 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1917), with supplements 1911- (CUL classmark: 9240.d.1276-1283)

Cambridge University Calendar (Cambridge: University of Cambridge, 1796-1973/4) (CUL classmark: Cam.d.1.1)

Cambridge University List of Members (Cambridge: University of Cambridge, 1973/4- ), with annual supplements (CUL classmark: L243:11.b.C3:1.1 [Ref.51.c15])

Resident members of the University, graduate and undergraduate: complete lists with addresses, 1894-2003/4 (CUL classmarks: Cam.b.41.30.16-40 / Cam.b.41.31.3-24)

List of Cambridge University Officers with short biographical entries, complete to 2000

Student publications

The Granta 1889- (CUL classmark: Cam.b.41.16)

Cambridge magazine C. K. Ogden (ed.) 1912-23 (CUL classmark: Cam.b.31.25)

The Cambridge gownsman and undergraduette 1923-33 (CUL: Cam.b.41.1-10) continues as The Gownsman

The Gownsman 1933-9 (CUL classmark:Cam.b.41.13)

Cambridge Review 1879-1998 (CUL classmark: Cam.b.41.30)

Varsity 1931-8, Varsity Weekly 1938, Cambridge Varsity Post 1939, Varsity 1939-40, Cambridge University Journal 1947-73, continues as Varsity (CUL classmark: Microfilm P105)

Old Cambridge 1920-3 (CUL classmark: Cam.b.31.21)

New Cambridge 1919-29 (CUL classmark: Cam.b.31.22)

The 1/- paper 1968-75 (CUL classmark: Cam.a.31.49.1-5,7)

University sport

Oxford versus Cambridge: a record of inter-university contests from 1827-1930 compiled and arranged by H. M. Abrahams and J. Bruce-Kerr (London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1931) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.931.7)

World War One

G.V. Carey (ed.) The war list of the University of Cambridge 1914-1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1921) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.921.33)

University examinations

A set of University examination papers from 1871 to the present day is held by Cambridge University Library (CUL classmark: L952.b.5.1- ). Another set of University examination papers covers 1824-1970 (CUL classmark: L952.b.1.1-235). Order in Rare Books Room for pre 1850 papers; West Room for 1850 onwards. Early collections of examination papers are also held at Trinity College. For example, the first Classical Tripos paper, 1824, is in the Wren Library (reference 303.a.2.5).

Examination Papers for Awards and Entrance in the Colleges of the University of Cambridge 1891-1985 (CUL classmark: L952.b.6)

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: Examinations arranged by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: examination papers, class-lists, regulations, syllabuses, and reports, 1858-1969 (CUL classmark: Cam.c.11.51.1- )

Study subjects


Christopher Stray (ed.), Classics in 19th and 20th century Cambridge: curriculum, culture and community (Cambridge: Cambridge Philological Society, 1999) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.999.55)

Computer science:

Haroon Ahmed, Cambridge Computing: the first 75 years (London: Third Millenium, 2013)

Earth sciences:

Carol Williams, Madingley Rise and early geophysics at Cambridge (London: Third Millenium, 2009) (CUL classmark: Cam.b.2009.7)


T.J.N. Hilken, Engineering at Cambridge University, 1783-1965 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.967.1)


Richard Mason Cambridge minds (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994) (CUL classmark: 240.c.99.796)

Sarah J. Ormrod Cambridge contributions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.998.9)

E.M. W. Tillyard The muse unchained: an intimate account of the revolution in English studies at Cambridge (Bowes and Bowes: London, 1958) (CUL classmarks: Cam.c.958.8 / 240.c.95.370)


D.R. Stoddart, On Geography and its history (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.986.1)


P.R.H. Slee, Learning and a liberal education: the study of modern history in the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester, 1800-1914 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986) (CUL classmark: 500:1.c.95.507)

R.N. Soffer, Discipline and power: the university, history, and the making of an English élite, 1870-1930 (Stanford University Press, 1994) (CUL classmark: 240.c.99.1083)


Andrew Warwick, Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the rise of mathematical physics (Chicago: University of Chicago, 2003) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.2003.5)


C.F. Abdy Williams, A short historical account of the degrees in Music at Cambridge and Oxford: with a chronological list of graduates in that faculty from the year 1463 (London: Novello, Ewer and Co, [1893]) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.893.6)


J.G. Crowther, The Cavendish Laboratory 1874-1974 (London: Macmillan, 1974) (CUL classmark: Cam.b.974.5)

P.M. Harman, Wranglers and physicists: studies in Cambridge physics in the nineteenth century (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1985) (CUL classmark: Cam.c.985.37)


David M. Thompson, Cambridge theology in the nineteenth century: enquiry, controversy and truth (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008) (CUL classmark: 47:5.c.200.297)