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Papers of the Oxford University Boat Club


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The collection chiefly comprises bound volumes of Oxford University Boat Club Presidential reports on preparations for, and assessments of, various races, including Trial eights, Torpids, the University Boat Race, eights week and the Henley Regatta, as well as other sculls, pairs and fours competitions. The earlier volumes also contain newspaper cuttings, mainly concerning the Boat Race.

The collection additionally includes:

  1. Minutes of committee meetings and Captains' meetings;
  2. A commonplace book of the Rev. W.B.R. Jacobson, an oarsman in the Christ Church Eight, 1861, and the Boat Race crew, 1862-1863.


  • Creation: 1839-1956


1.63 Linear metres (17 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Dep. c. 784].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

Dep. c. 784-796, d. 814-815, e. 383-384

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13674


Papers of the Oxford University Boat Club

Biographical / Historical

Oxford University Boat Club, established 1829.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Dr J.M. Barry, 1991

Related Materials

See also Records of Oxford University Clubs and Societies (Dep. c. 803-805, c. 954, d. 888-893, e. 461; MSS. Eng. c. 2276, c. 6770-6781, c. 6783, c. 6794, d. 3361-3375, d. 3401-3403, d. 3528, d. 3543-3544; Welsh c. 7-8).

Papers of the Oxford University Boat Club
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant. EAD version 2021 by Simon Mackley.
EAD version 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom