Cambridge University Society for the Promotion of Religious Equality: Membership Roll and Minutes

Scope and Content

MS.Add.6661: Lists of vice-presidents and members, written in several hands, 1875-1882, 42 folios.

MS.Add.6662: Minute book, written in several hands, 1875-1881, 70 folios: fo. 2: list of officers and committee, 1875-1876; fo. 3: minutes of meetings, 28 Oct. 1875 - 26 May 1876; fo. 21: list of officers and committee, 1876-1877; fo. 22: minutes of meetings and annual reports, Oct. 1876 - 23 May 1881.

MS.Add.6663: Minute book, in the hand of N.C. Hardcastle, Michaelmas Term 1881 - Lent Term 1883, 15 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society was a student body founded in 1875 which lasted until 1883. The President was Neville Goodman, M.A., of Peterhouse, a nonconformist. The Society's Rules outlined its support for 'the opening of all fellowships and emoluments, college and university offices, and degrees to all members of the University without distinction of religious opinion'. It also sought 'placing the relations of Church and State on a basis consistent with religious equality'.

Norman Capper Hardcastle, d. 1893 (see MS.Add.6663), was admitted pensioner at Downing College on 6 Oct. 1877, and matriculated in Michaelmas of that year.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Prof. Courtney Kenny, 1917.


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

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


Further details on Neville Goodman and N.C. Hardcastle and can be found in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. III (Cambridge University Press, 1947), p. 85 and p. 232.