Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies (CALS) provide safe storage and preservation for records, relating to places or people in Cambridgeshire or Huntingdonshire bequeathed or deposited by private individuals, organisations, businesses and societies.

Collecting policy

For guidance on donating or depositing records please read:

CALS Collecting Policy

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Interim receipt form Cambridgeshire Archives

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Interim receipt form Huntingdonshire Archives

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  • records can be given or bequeathed to CALS. Ownership is then transferred to Cambridgeshire County Council
  • gifts or bequests are the surest means of ensuring that your records are permanently preserved for study and enjoyment by future generations 


  • records can also be deposited on indefinite loan in which case the depositor retains ownership of the records
  • depositors retain the right to temporarily withdraw items for legal purposes, reference, or exhibition

Next step

Please contact Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at [email protected] to discuss details before bringing records in to the archives. If necessary, we can arrange for an archivist to come and look at the records in situ. When we receive the records, you will be asked to complete a simple interim receipt form.

Records at risk

If you know of any documents at risk of loss or destruction please don't hesitate to contact your local Archive or Local Studies service.

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