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External Institutions, Societies and Bodies associated with Imperial College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 ABM-AX
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: External Institutions, Societies and Bodies associated with Imperial College
Date(s): Created 1852-1994 (ongoing)
Level of description: Series of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine records
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Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

Since its establishment at South Kensington, London, in 1907, Imperial College has fostered links with neighbouring institutions. The Great Exhibition of 1851 provided considerable impetus for the formation of educational establishments in South Kensington. Profits from the Exhibition provided the money to purchase the land to develop the area as a centre for Science and the Arts. The institutions established in South Kensington as a result of the scheme include the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1857, the Central Institution (later the City and Guilds College), which opened in 1884, the Royal College of Art, opened in 1864, Royal College of Music, Royal Geographical Society, Science Museum and Natural History Museum, which opened to the public in 1881, as well as Imperial College itself.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers relating to institutions, societies and bodies with some association with Imperial College, 1852-1994, comprising publications and histories, press cuttings, reports, minutes, and correspondence with Imperial College, for the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1860, 1937-1953 (ABM); Science Museum, 1909-1976, including correspondence concerning the provision of a site for the new Science Museums at South Kensington, 1912 (ABS); Science Museum Library, 1901, 1962-1970 (ABSL);
papers relating to the Select Committee on Education and Science, 1969-1981, including papers of the sub-committee on sea bed engineering and papers on College courses, 1973-1974 (AC); Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1956-1970, including correspondence relating to research grants, 1956-1958, and minutes of the National Hydrogen Bubble Chamber Management Committee, 1959-1963 (ACD); Royal Mint, 1907-1923, including drawing of the College coat of arms, 1908 (ACM); National Research Development Corporation, comprising minutes and correspondence, 1950-1967 (ACN); Science Research Council report on postgraduate training, 1971-1973 (ACR); Social Science Research Council, 1981 (ACS);
papers relating to the Royal Society of Arts, including correspondence, 1945-1956 (AD); Royal College of Music, 1911-1980, including correspondence, 1911-1994 (ADM);
papers relating to the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, including Commissioners reports, 1852-1951; minutes relating to the scheme for the new technological institution [Imperial College], 1907; negatives of the last of the Great Exhibition Elms in Hyde Park, 1988 (AE); Royal Albert Hall, 1866-1967, including charter, 1866 (AED);
papers relating to the Dyers Company, 1929-1935 (AFA); Clothworkers' Company, correspondence on grants, 1910-1976 (AFC); Goldsmiths Company, 1955-1998, including grants, 1955-1967; Empire Cotton Growing Corporation grants, 1921-1955 (AGC); Handley Page Limited, 1945 (AGH); Nuffield Foundation, 1930 (AGH);
papers relating to the Imperial Institute, 1887-1989, including correspondence concerning the demolition of the Institute, 1961-1965, pamphlets and articles (AI);
correspondence with the Colonial Office, 1911-1922; Safety in Mines Research Board, 1926-1933; National Coal Board, 1945-1953; Home Office, 1907-1962; Privy Council, 1907-1916 (AK); London County Council papers relating to grants, 1903-1930 (ALA); Westminster City Council correspondence, 1910-1934 (ALW); Royal Society of London papers, 1909-1989, including correspondence, 1909-1937, and tercentenary papers, 1958-1960 (AR);
papers relating to the Institution of Chemical Engineers comprising correspondence, 1925-1932 (ASCE); Physical Society papers, 1905-1974 (ASF); John Innes Horticultural Institution correspondence, 1935-1967 (ASJ); Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1926-1970, including correspondence relating to plant research, 1926-1954 (ASK); correspondence with the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 1908-1922, 1950 (ASN); correspondence with the Academic Assistance Council, 1933-1939 (ASW);
papers relating to the Treasury and University Council Grants Committee, including correspondence, 1895-1934; Meston Committee correspondence, 1921-1923; Departmental expenditure schedules, 1921-1938; reports concerning university development, 1921; halls of residence, 1957; supperannuation of university teachers, 1960; visitations to Imperial College, 1929, 1934, 1985; correspondence concerning Departmental research interests, 1946-1947; relations with industry, 1953-1954; annual returns, 1934-1969; development of postgraduate teaching and research, 1949-1950 (AT); correspondence of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals, 1966-1970 (AUA); correspondence with the Association of Scientific Workers, 1936-1965, and Association of Scientific Managerial and Technical Staff, 1968-1980 (AX).

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:

Created and 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 the Department of Education and Science and predecessor bodies (AB) and College buildings (H), 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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