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University of London Commerce Degree Bureau

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 UoL/CD
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: University of London Commerce Degree Bureau
Date(s): 1918-1987
Level of description: Subfonds of the University of London
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Extent: 18 volumes, 29 folders and 4 envelopes
Name of creator(s): University of London | Commerce Degree Bureau
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Commerce Degree Bureau was constituted under a Declaration of Trust approved by the Senate of the University of London in July 1920, in connection with the institution of degrees in Commerce and amended in March 1947. The Bureau was officially opened at 46 Russell Square in March 1922.

Until 1947, the Bureau was under the direction of a Board of Governors. In March 1947 the control and management of the Bureau was placed in the hands of a Committee of the Senate known as the 'Commerce Degree Bureau Committee'. The Committee comprised of the Vice-Chancellor, the Chairman of Convocation, the Principal and not less than eight members appointed annually by the Senate of whom four were appointed by the Council for External Students.

The function of the Bureau was originally to advise and assist external students preparing for the B.Com examinations. In 1922 the work of assisting graduates and students of the University to find employment, previously carried out by the University Appointments Board, was amalgamated with that of the Commerce Degree Bureau, to the Board of which the Appointments Advisory Committee of the Senate reported. Between 1922 and 1938, when the two organisations were separated again, both functions were carried out by the Commerce Degree Bureau and Appointments Board under a single Board of Governors.


Scope and content/abstract:

The material comprises minutes, agenda and supporting paperwork for meetings of the Board of Givernors, the Executive Committee, the Commerce Degree Bureau Committee and the Board of Educational Advisors; administrative papers, including correspondence, memoranda, file notes and balance sheets relating to the establishment and administration of the Bureau and the insitution of degrees in Commerce; annual reports and reports by the Commerce Degrees Committee and various sub-Committees; students registered with the Bureau; prospectuses and lists of books acquired by the Bureau library.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1. Meeting Papers. 2. Administrative Papers. 3. Reports. 4. Student Registers and Examination Results. 5. Prospectuses and Lists of Publications.

Conditions governing access:

Open except for records exempt under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Special Collections Reading Room staff who require a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Catalogued online. A hard copy catalogue is available in the Special Collections reading room. A pdf copy of the the catalogue is attached to the sub-fonds description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Commerce Degree Bureau

Allied Materials

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National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1999-08-31 Simon McKeon, 2006-08-23 Michael Broadway, 2011-03-30 Jane Kirby

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