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Governing Body of Imperial College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 GB
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: Governing Body of Imperial College
Date(s): Created 1908-2000 (ongoing)
Level of description: Series of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine records
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Extent: 31 boxes
Name of creator(s): Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Governing Body was established on the creation of the Imperial College in 1907 by the incorporation of the Royal College of Science and the Royal School of Mines in 1907, and the City and Guilds College in 1910. The Governing Body of 40 members, excluding the Rector, was to exercise the powers of the College as provided in the Charter and later Statutes. After the College received its new Charter in 1998, the Governing Body was replaced by a Court and Council, with the latter becoming the governing and executive body of the College.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Governing Body of Imperial College, 1908-2000, comprising minutes of the Governing Body, 1908-1998; minutes of the Council, 1998-2000; minutes of the Court, 1998-2000; correspondence, 1910-1912, 1959-1982;
Imperial College annual reports, 1908-1997, with related correspondence, 1911-1935; Professor's reports, 1907-1908; Departmental reports, 1939-1944; Rector's reports, 1958-1969; annual report accounts, 1988; statistics compiled for annual reports, 1984; student statistics, 1938-1939; College statistics, 1935-1969;
papers relating to the Imperial College Seal, including correspondence concerning regulations governing affixing the seal, 1941-1967; registers of sealing, 1947-1980; Imperial College trade marks certificates, 1995-2000;
appointment of members, 1907-1968, and Governors, 1969-1980; attendance registers of members, 1907-1912, 1942-1970; papers relating to Professorial members of the Governing Body, 1927-1945; teaching staff members, 1947-1959; representation of the Dominions and Colonies, 1947-1966; representation of Canada, 1951-1968; withdrawal of South Africa from the Governing Body, 1961-1962; papers relating to resignations and appointments of chairmen of the Governing Body, 1934-1975;
papers relating to sub-committees, comprising Mining and Metallurgy, 1907-1908; other pure and applied sciences, 1907-1908; Biological Sciences, 1907-1908; other branches of engineering, 1907-1911;
papers of the Executive Committee, comprising minutes, 1996-1998; financial position of the College, 1922; Finance committee correspondence, 1907-1911; minutes of the House Committee, 1975-1996; Royal School of Mines Advisory Board correspondence, 1912-1923; papers of the Development Planning Group, including College plans, 1985-1995; reviews, 1986-1992; Imperial College of Science and Technology statistics, 1986; Departmental profiles, 1986; minutes, 1985-1987 (GB);
printed records, 1908-1994; comprising college calendars, 1908-1994; undergraduate and postgraduate prospectuses, 1908, 1940-1999; Standing Orders of the Governing Body, 1908; college regulations, 1915; Year cards, 1908, 1940, 1959-1960; standing orders review, 1967-1969 (GA).

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 of Commitees relating to Student and Staff Administration (GC), the Department of Education and Science and predecessor bodies (AB), Imperial College Development Association (ABG), Administration Department (GG), Royal College of Chemistry (C), Royal School of Mines and Royal College of Science (D), Royal College of Science (E), City and Guilds of London Institute (F), Constitutional and Incorporation records (G), College Registry records (GR), 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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