Amateur Dramatic Club: Papers and Photographs

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 12 MS.Add.7675
  • Dates of Creation
      c. 1826-1978
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      18 boxes, 88 volumes, 15 photograph albums, 15 files, 13 box-files, 29 ringbinders, c. 230 posters and advertisements, 27 mounted pictures and photographs, and 2 envelopes.

Scope and Content

I. Minute Books of the Committee, 23 volumes, 1855-1976, with some lists of members, lists of plays performed, letters, rules, press notices, printed programmes, and accounts

Ia. Minute Books of Club General Meetings, 1947-1968.

II. Account Books: main series, 3 volumes, 1859-1929; subsidiary items (accounts of members's subscriptions), 1879-1967.

III. Various Administrative Records: secretarial, 2 volumes and 1 box, 1861-1927; stage managers' and other logbooks, 16 volumes, 1957-1974; club dinners, 1860-1922; visitors' books, 3 volumes, c. 1901-1966; library catalogues (2), c. 1879-1921.

IV. Plays and Programmes, c.1826-1971, with some press notices

V. Photographs, consisting mainly of albums of mounted photographs produced by the Club: club series, 1856-1978, including some press notices and programmes; other collections, c. 1856-1901, mainly photographs belonging originally to members and acquired later by the Club.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Amateur Dramatic Club (or A.D.C.) in Cambridge was founded in 1855, and is the oldest University dramatic society in England. The Club produces a diverse range of productions each university term. Many of the shows are performed at the A.D.C. Theatre in Park Street, where the Club is the resident company, but there are also performances at other Cambridge venues, annually at the Edinburgh Fringe, and sometimes abroad. As well as the shows, the Club runs a programme of professional and student-run workshops for actors, directors and technicians and a series of late-night experimental pieces known as One Night Stands.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

The initial batch of material was deposited on permanent loan in 1966. Additional material was added during the 1970s.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The description of the Club was compiled with reference to its website (

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

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