Cambridge University Zodiac Club: Papers, Accounts and Minutes

Scope and Content

Papers, accounts and minutes, 102 folios. On fo. i: 'Sam. Pegge, sent a Present by Dr William Heberden MD Aug. 1792'. There are two accompanying letters from Robert Bowes to Francis Jenkinson, 24 April and 23 May 1912.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Zodiac Club was founded on 10 December 1725 by students of Cambridge University. There were twelve members initially, who were each assigned one of the signs of the Zodiac. The numbers were increased to 18 in 1728, with the new members designated the name of a planet. The first members were bachelors of the university, but later members included masters and a few fellows. The society was a social club, and held its meetings at a local tavern. It kept a library for the benefit of its members, which was maintained by a librarian.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Robert Bowes, 1912.


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

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The papers were in the possession of H.M. Gilbert, bookseller of Southampton, in 1896. They were purchased from him by Robert Bowes.


For an account of the club see Robert Bowes, 'The Zodiac Club', in Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, Vol. 13 (Cambridge, 1909), pp. 292-317.