Available at the Cambridgeshire Collection
Books and pamphlets
This collection contains over 80,000 items including:
- Over 60,000 books and pamphlets, including county, city and village histories
- Street directories for Cambridge 1866-1975 listing streets, occupants and also trades (up to 1939)
- County directories 1790s-1937 include general village history, tradesmen, officials and important residents
- Dissertations, theses and other unpublished material
- Archaeological reports
- Victoria County History for Cambridgeshire, vols 1 – 10
- Playbills and theatre programmes dating from 1791
- Contemporary material including planning documents
- Historic registers of electors and poll books from the early 18th century onwards
The collection includes over 40 newspaper titles dating from 1762 on microfilm and in original print editions. Our search room has several microfilm reader printers, including a digital machine.
We also store newspaper cuttings on over 1500 subjects from the local press for the last 50 years.
Maps and plans
The Cambridgeshire Collection holds a comprehensive set of printed single sheet maps of Cambridgeshire from 1620 to the present, as well as street plans of towns and villages. We also have printed single sheet maps and street plans of Cambridge City dating from 1574. Before the 1830s, accuracy and detail of the maps is generally not very good so practical use of the early maps is rather limited. Original manuscript maps may be found at Cambridgeshire Archives.
Our holdings include Ordnance Survey maps of various scales dating from 1886 including:
- 1:50,000 scale to date
- 1:25,000 (2 1/2) c.1950 ed
- 1:10,000 (6") 1902, 1927, 1951 and 1980
- 1:2,500 (25") 1902, 1927, 1951 and 1970
- 1:1,250 (50") 1967 (only produced for Cambridge City)
- 1:500 (46ft) 1887 (only produced for Cambridge City)
Maps for sale at Cambridgeshire Collection
A number of printed copies of full colour historical maps of Cambridge, Huntingdon and wider Cambridgeshire are available to buy from our collection at Central Library, Cambridge. Click the link below for details. To view or purchase, please call in or contact us at [email protected].
Photographs and illustrations
The Cambridgeshire Collection holds over 80,000 separately indexed items dating from the 1680s onwards, including images of places, people and events across the whole county.
The Collection also holds thousands of photo negatives taken at the Post Office Terrace Studios in Cambridge between the 1880s and 1980s. These are listed but not individually catalogued. Some of these are listed on the Fading Images website, which includes much useful information about Cambridgeshire photographers.
Special photography collections also include:
- US Airmen in Cambridgeshire photographed during WW2. 589 images now available online. To browse the collection, search for ‘America in Cambridge’ on the online Cambridgeshire Archives catalogue.
- The Cambridge Antiquarian Society ‘Photographic Record’ of around 70,000 photos mainly of Cambridgeshire villages in the 1920s and 1930s
- The Anthony Day Collection of photographs of Wicken and the surrounding area
All illustrations we hold are listed in the libraries online catalogue.
Visiting the Cambridgeshire Collection
Reading room is staffed
|Monday||9:30am to 5pm|
|Tuesday||9:30am to 5pm|
|Wednesday||9:30am to 5pm|
|Thursday||9:30am to 5pm|
|Friday||9:30am to 5pm|
|2nd Saturday each month||10am to 5pm|