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Information For Users Of The Service Catalogue

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ACAD (A Cambridge Alumni Database) contains biographical details of everyone who has been identified as being academically associated with the University of Cambridge, covering the period approximately from 1200 to 1900. In addition to the standard printed sources of information by Venn and Emden, which cover men only, we have added information from Newnham and Girton Colleges so that women are also included. 

The term 'Alumni' is used because the great majority of people included are men. Women were not represented in the University until the 1860s, and although they are of course included in this database the awkward 'Alumni/Alumnae' has been avoided.

Features and Benefits

Features & Benefits 
  • Searchable access to the information contained in John Venn's Alumni Cantabrigienses  and A. B. Emden's A Biographical Register of the University of Cambridge to 1500.
  • Additional information on women at Cambridge.
  • Limited to people who matriculated before 1901 (for compliance with GDPR).
  • Some corrections and additional information which has come to light subsequent to the publication of the printed volumes.

How Much Does It Cost?

How much does it cost? 

Access to the service is free of charge.

How Do I Get This Service?

How do I get this service? 

Via the main search page.

How Quickly Can I Get This Service?

How quickly can I get this service? 

Access is normally instantaneous.

Available Service Hours

When is this service available? 

The database is normally available 24/7

Supported Service Hours

Supported Service Hours 

Support during normal working hours.

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