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Interdisciplinary Centres and Courses of Imperial College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 KO
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: Interdisciplinary Centres and Courses of Imperial College
Date(s): Created 1953-1999 (ongoing)
Level of description: Series of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine records
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Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

Economic Policy Studies was established in 1974, as a research programme in the Department of Electrical Engineering.
The Robotics and Automated Systems Centre was established in 1983, as was the Centre for Composite Materials.
The Science of Materials covered research carried out in various departments. In 1972, Materials Science was established as an undergraduate course centred in the Department of Metallurgy (later the Department of Materials).
The Imperial College Centre for Environmental Technology (ICCET) was founded in 1977, the first of the interdisciplinary centres within Imperial College crossing traditional boundaries between departments. The Centre became part of the T H Huxley School of Environment, Earth Sciences and Engineering in 1998, which also amalgamated the Departments of Earth Resources Engineering and Geology. The Centre for Remote Sensing was established as part of the Centre for Environmental Technology.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to Interdisciplinary Centres and Courses of Imperial College, 1953-1992, including Acoustic and Vibration Science course brochures, undated; proposed Centre for Economic Policy Studies, [1980] (KO);
papers of the Robotics and Automated Systems Centre, comprising correspondence on the establishment of the centre, 1981-1982; course leaflets, press cuttings, 1984 (KOA); papers relating to the Centre for Composite Materials, including course leaflets, press cuttings, annual report, 1992-1999 (KOC); papers relating to joint courses with the London School of Economics, including minutes of the Joint Committee, 1953-1967; Rector's correspondence, 1956-1967 (KOE); papers relating to Energy Studies, 1979-1981 (KOF); Geotechnical Engineering courses leaflets, 1982-1984 (KOG); papers relating to the Centre for Remote Sensing, including correspondence, 1981; journal, 1981-1984; newsletters, 1981-1984; press cuttings (KOR); papers relating to Science of Materials research and postgraduate courses, including research reports, 1963-1968 (KOS); papers relating to the Centre for Environmental Technology, including course brochures, 1976-1993; annual reports, 1978-1986; research reviews, 1979-1990; newletters, 1977-1987; Rectors' correspondence, 1974-1982; working party papers, 1974-1975 (KOT).

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 the Department of Mathematics (KMATH), Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (KC), Department of Civil Engineering (KEC), Department of Mechanical Engineering (KEM), Departments of Aeronautics, Meteorology, and Physiological Flow Studies Unit (KA), Department of Materials (KMET), Department of Social and Economic Studies (KIS) and Department of Physics (KP), 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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