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Records of the Cambridge University Liberal Club

Title Records of the Cambridge University Liberal Club
Reference GBR/0265/SOC.86
(former reference: Ms.Add.8673)
Creator Cambridge University Liberal Club
Covering Dates 1945–1987
Extent and Medium 2 metres; paper, photographs
Repository Cambridge University Archives
Content and context

The club was a political society founded in 1885 by a group that included Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937, then a student at Trinity College), and Oscar Browning (1837-1923, fellow of King's College). The main activities were the speaker programme (known as Sunday tea meetings) and study groups which produced political research. It also ran speaker's classes and assisted various manifestations of the Liberal party in local and national elections. Social events included dances, sherry parties and the annual ''Green Ribbon Ball''. Previous members include Edwin Samuel Montagu, Bertrand Russell, John Maynard Keynes, Dennis Holme Robertson, Oliver Letwin and Simon Hughes. In 1988 the C.U.L.C. merged with the Cambridge University Social Democrats (founded 1981) to form the Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats. Further information about the activities of the C.S.L.D. can be found on its website: http://www.csld.org.uk/

The records were transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 22 February 2008. The majority of the material had been deposited by the Cambridge University Liberal Club with the Manuscripts Department on 12 May 1987. SOC.86.1.1-2, SOC.86.3.1-10 and SOC.86.5 were deposited by Peter Anthony Richard Calvert (Queens' College, PhD. 1964) circa March 1989. Both had been given the classmark Ms.Add.8673. Item SOC.86.8 was donated by Victor Stone (Trinity College) to the University Archives on 8 September 2008.

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Please cite as Cambridge University Archives, Records of the Cambridge University Liberal Club, SOC.86

Further information

Further Cambridge University Liberal Club material (1950-2006, predominantly 1950-6) is to be found amongst the personal papers of Derick Mirfin (Magdelene College, B.A. 1953) held in the Manuscripts Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Ms.Add.7785). Additional printed records are in the Rare Books Department (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 5223).


The online catalogue entry for Janus was completed in February 2008 and emended September 2008.

Index Terms
Political Pressure Groups
Politics and Government
Cambridge University Liberal Club
University/SOC.86 contains:
SOC.86.1 Minutes of committee, policy, annual general, and terminal meetings, usually signed; together with a membership list and an attendance register.
4 volumes; paper.
SOC.86.2 Register of nominations for election to executive and committee positions. The entries of successful candidates are sometimes marked as such.
1 volume; paper.
24 Apr. 1974–27 Nov. 1983
SOC.86.3 Officer's correspondence and papers.
11 files; paper.
SOC.86.4 Index to members. The cards record name; college; year came up; date joined; subscription information; home address; and position held within the society.
1 box of approximately 400 cards; paper.
SOC.86.5 Papers concerning the organisation of ''Cambridge European Seminar'' re economic integration, held 7 April 1961.
1 file; paper.
SOC.86.6 Papers relating to the centenary dinner, held 28 November 1985. This file contains an invitation card; RSVPs; information circulars; press releases; a menu card and toast list; a seating plan; and a photograph of the top table including, amongst other named individuals, David Steel, Member of Parliament.
1 file; paper.
SOC.86.7 Cambridge Student Union election materials.
8 files; paper, photographs.
SOC.86.8 Newspaper cuttings. The cuttings largely originate from local and regional newspapers. They relate to club activities particularly campaigning visits to specific constituencies, districts and wards by a group known as the ''Liberal Commandos''.
1 volume; paper; The spine is torn..

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