Cambridge University Chit-Chat Club: Minutes

Scope and Content

Minutes of the Cambridge University Chit-Chat Club.

Vol. 1: 27 October 1860 to 28 April 1866, 106 folios.

Vol. 2: 1867 to 20 November 1875, 118 folios. The versos are mostly blank.

Vol. 3: 12 February 1876 - 29 May 1880, 112 folios. Attached to fo. 73 are two receipted bills due from the Club to W. Metcalfe and Son, 20 February and 9 December 1878. The versos are mostly blank.

Vol. 4: 1880-1892, 176 folios.

Vol. 5: 1892-1897, 231 folios. The pages are blank after fo. 71.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cambridge University Chit-Chat Club was founded on 27 October 1860 by students of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, with the object of 'the promotion of rational conversation'. Students of other colleges joined the Club soon after its foundation. The number of actual members was restricted to fifteen, but there was also an unrestricted number of honorary members. Members paid a yearly subscription. Graduates were only eligible to join the Club as honorary members, and actual members became honorary members on taking their degrees. The Club met until 1897.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by M.R. James, 1918.


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

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