Tripos Verses with class lists printed on verso

Scope and Content

Printed lists of students from all Colleges graduating with a BA. From 1860 - 1890 the lists also include the subject the student studied.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Tripos' verses were Latin (or occasionally Greek) verses composed for distribution, usually as printed sheets, at academic ceremonies in Cambridge from 1565 (at the latest) until 1894. Most of the earliest have as their subjects serious academic questions which were formally debated as part of the ceremonies; many others are humorous or satirical; some are simply on whatever topic happened to take the author's fancy.

The verses were part of the University's ceremony of graduation. Printed on the back of the verses are the names of the successful candidates for a baccalaureate degree.