Lucy Cavendish College Archive holds two distinct groups of records: those created by Lucy Cavendish College (and its pre-foundation entity, 'the Dining Group'), and special collections of personal papers of former members and individuals who have been associated with the College. The former reflect the history and development of the College, and its internal administration; these records begin with the early meetings in the 1950s of the Dining Group where the idea was first floated for a new college for women. Records have been kept consistently since the College's foundation in 1965. The second set - the collection of personal papers - document the lives and careers of women associated with the College and include scientists, philosophers and writers.
Overview of archival collections
Information about the scope and content of our collections is listed below. Some of the collections are available online through the Janus website, which provides access to catalogues of archives held at over thirty institutions within Cambridge.
The classification scheme below is a guide to the contents of the Archive. The records are grouped into categories generally according to the organisation, office or person that created them.
Records documenting the work and progress of the Dining Group in the 1950s and early-1960s as it sought to persuade the University to grant formal recognition to the Lucy Cavendish Collegiate Society and the establishment of a fourth women's college
LG - Governing Records
Includes the College's charter and statutes, ordinances and regulations, trust deed, papers of College Council, the Governing Body, and committees
LA - Administrative Records
Includes the papers of the offices of the President, Bursar, Domestic Bursar, Recorder, Registrar and Steward. It also includes papers relating to the College's finances, appeals & fundraising, and buildings
LC - Academic and Tutorial
Includes the papers of the Admissions and Tutorial Office, Fellows, Students, and the Library
LS - Clubs and Societies
Includes the papers of the Roll, Student Association, and the Boat Club
LR - Historical Reference Records
Includes records documenting special events, press cuttings and journal articles, memoirs and reminiscences, drawings, artworks, artefacts, and all College publications (including Annual Reports, appeal literature, information guides). It also includes records relating to the Cavendish family and to women's history
LH - Photographs
Includes individual students and student groups, Presidents, Fellows and staff, the College buildings and site, and special events
Most of the College's catalogued collections are available for consultation by researchers, free-of-charge. Some personal papers which contain sensitive material are closed temporarily as a condition of bequest or in deference to the interests of concerned third parties. In addition, periods of closure are imposed on sensitive recent College records.
Researchers wishing to consult archival material must make an appointment with the Executive Assistant to the President's Office before visiting Lucy Cavendish College, and should bring with them proof of identity. Reading room tables are fitted with power points for laptop computers which readers are welcome to bring with them provided their use does not disturb other readers. Pencils only may be used for writing by hand. A complete list of reading room regulations is available in the reading room.