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Buildings of Imperial College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 H
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: Buildings of Imperial College
Date(s): Created 1883-1991
Level of description: Series of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine records
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Extent: 26 boxes
Name of creator(s): Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

Schemes for the development of the College have led to the rebuilding of the South Kensington site, and acquisition of a number of buildings in the area, particularly from the 1950s to mid 1970s. Number 170 Queen's Gate, designed by Norman Shaw (1831-1912), was purchased by Imperial College in 1947. The house was adapted for use by the Governing Body and as the Rector's lodgings, and was scheduled as a building of special architectural or historic interest in 1958.The Goldsmiths extension was the new City and Guilds (Engineering) College building, opened in 1926.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to the acquisition and maintenance of Imperial College buildings, 1883-1991, including building sites, 1907-1910, correspondence concerning the development of a precinct, 1964-1974, aerial photograph of South Kensington, London, [1960s]; correspondence relating to accommodation for college staff and students, 1958-1974;
minutes and papers of the Buildings Committee and Estates Committee, 1984-1998; correspondence concerning services to college buildings, including with the Office of Works, 1909-1942, lifts, 1929-1956, central control systems, 1979-1996;
correspondence with the Royal Geographical Society concerning their site, 1919-1924; notes on the Royal School of Needlework, and correspondence concerning the purchase of the school by Imperial College, 1883-1956; articles and press cuttings concerning Queen's Gate houses, 1891-1969, correspondence relating to 170 Queens Gate, including purchase, 1936-1948, plans, 1960;
papers relating to the Royal School of Mines building, 1903-1954, including correspondence with the architect, 1908-1921, use and alterations to laboratories, including the Bessemer Laboratory, 1903-1954; papers relating to the Goldsmith's Company's extension of the City and Guilds (Engineering) College, including correspondence with the architect, 1908-1921, the opening, 1926, the Hawksley Memorial Laboratory, 1908-1921; Huxley Building, 1918-1977, including government occupation, 1918-1919, maintenance and adaptations, 1958-1977; Royal College of Science, 1908-1971, including correspondence concerning its' use by the University of London, 1908-1971; City and Guilds College Waterhouse building, 1881-1883, including specification, 1881, plans, 1883;
Imperial College Student's Union, 1909-1956, including specification, 1910-1911, estimates for an extension, 1927-1928, residential hostels, 1924-1975;
correspondence relating to the chimney shaft of the Albert Hall, 1916-1954; papers relating to 52-55 and 69-72 Princes Gate, 1972-1981; correspondence on the use of the Chelsea Physic Garden by Imperial College, 1912-1976.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged in sections as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available at the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records relating to External societies, institutions and bodies (ABM-AX) and First and Second World War records (GW, GX), held at Imperial College.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
October 2000

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