Cambridge Ray Club: Papers

Scope and Content

The first box contains minute books, 1837-1847, 1848-1858, 1859-1870, 1871-1885, 1886-1927, 1927-1947, 1947-1968 and 1968-1972; books of laws of the Ray Club, Cambridge, 1857; laws, revised, 1894; term cards, 1934-1942, menus, miscellaneous correspondence and an offprint of R.T. Gunther, 'Letters from John Ray to Peter Carthorpe', in The journal of botany, August 1934; Centenary dinner of the Ray Club, 16 March 1937: menu, list of guests, etc.; A.C. Seward, John Ray. A biographical sketch written for the centenary of the Cambridge Ray Club and read, in part...on 16 March 1937, privately printed; David E. Coombe, secretary's file: correspondence, lists of members, menus, etc., 1969-1970, 1971-1972 and 1972-1976; a paper, A.C. Seward, 'Notes from the Minute Books of the Ray Club (1837-1926)'.

The second box contains miscellaneous correspondence, arrangements for dinners, meetings, etc., 1962-1976, including the paper 'The origin and early history of the Cambridge Ray Club' by W.H. Mills, 1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Cambridge Ray Club (1837-1972) was 'a society for the cultivation of Natural Science by means of friendly intercourse and mutual instruction'.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

The first box of material was presented by Dr David E. Coombe, 1989. The second was found amongst the papers of Professor Sir Harry Godwin, and presented by Professor R.G. West, Professor of Botany, 1989.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

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