Cambridge University Cricket Club: Records and Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes the earliest scoring-books, and membership and financial records covering periods crucial to the development of the club. In more recent times extensive correspondence of both the treasurer and fixtures secretary illustrate both the numerous problems involved in running a first-class cricket team with essentially amateur resources, and the many hours of devoted work put in by senior and junior club officials alike. These correspondence files also provide an insight into the relations between various senior clubs and national institutions at the heart of English cricket: the Marylebone Cricket Club and the Test and County Cricket Board.

The records are divided into 8 main sections: Scoring Books, in which the 1st XI scoring books commonly include details of Freshmen's and other trial matches; Minute Books and Membership Records; Financial Records; Correspondence: Treasurer, relating to the periods when J.G.W. Davies and M.J. Atkin were in office; Correspondence: Fixtures Secretary, mostly relating to the period when G. Christopher Morris of King's College was in office; Fenners's Ground and Pavilion; Club Histories; and Miscellaneous, including Club rules, correspondence, fixture cards, reports, scorecards, a souvenir brochure and an autograph book.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cambridge University Cricket Club was formed in 1823, and for several decades towards the end of the nineteenth century was ranked among the three or four best sides in the country. Stricter admissions policies to the University, the ever-increasing importance of success in the tripos examinations, and the growing professionalism of the game at its highest level have together reduced the importance of University cricket. However, the Cambridge XI, along with its Oxford counterpart, retains first-class status, and remains capable of springing the occasional surprise on county sides, while continuing to produce players who go on to play for the counties.

Arrangement

While a basic classification has been imposed on the material, the contents of the original files have been left undisturbed, whenever that has proved possible, even though such a policy has at times resulted in the assignment of closely related papers to different classes.

Conditions Governing Access

A few of the more modern records remain restricted at the discretion of the Keeper of Manuscripts and University Archives. Otherwise the material is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Most of the records were deposited by the Cricket Club in the summer of 1990. Further records were transferred by the club in October 1996.

Other Finding Aids

A handlist to the collection is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

Some club records, including administrative material, remain at the Pavilion, Fenner's Ground, Cambridge.