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Publications of Imperial College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 SP
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: Publications of Imperial College
Date(s): 1887-2000 (ongoing)
Level of description: Series of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine records
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Extent: 44 boxes
Name of creator(s): Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

Phoenix is the annual Students' Union arts magazine of Imperial College. It started life as the Science Schools Journal in 1887, founded by H G Wells as a literary magazine, although it also contained details of college activities until Felix was established. It was renamed the Royal College of Science Magazine in 1891 and Phoenix in 1904. The City and Guilds Union joined with the Unions of the Royal College of Science and Royal School of Mines in support of Phoenix from 1915, when it became the 'Magazine of the Imperial College of Science and Technology'. Felix is Imperial College's student newspaper, which started in 1949.Weekly newssheets detailing events have also been published by the College and known successively as Coming Events, (1966-1969), IC News, (1969-1974), IC Diary (1974-1982) and IC Gazette (from 1982). IC Gazette was established to publish information previously covered by both IC Diary and Topic magazine, a twice monthly College newsletter established in 1974.
ICON, the Imperial College Review magazine was published between 1973 and 1982, and CRITICON, a continuation of the reviews section of ICON, between 1982-1987. Network, a monthly newspaper, was published between 1987 and 1994. IC Reporter, the College staff newpaper published twice monthly was established in 1995.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to Imperial College publications, 1887-2000, comprising minutes of the Phoenix (Imperial College Arts Magazine) Board, 1916-1959; correspondence, 1919-1966; copies of the Science Schools Journal, 1887-1891, later Royal College of Science Magazine, 1891-1904, later Phoenix, 1904-2000 (SPA); minutes of the Felix (Imperial College student newspaper) Board, later Publications Board, 1965-1971; copies of Felix, 1950-2000, (SPF); Coming Events, 1966-1969, later IC News, 1969-1974, later IC Diary, 1974-1982, later IC Gazette, 1982-2000; Topic magazine, 1974-1982; ICON, monthly Imperial College Review magazine, 1973-1982, CRITICON, 1982-1987; Network, Imperial College monthly newspaper, 1987-1994; IC Reporter, twice monthly staff newpaper, 1995-2000; The Central, 1903-1957, later Imperial College Engineer, 1987-1998 (Journal of the City & Guilds College Old Student's Association, formerly the Old Centralians); The Record, 1910-1995 (Journal of the Royal College of Science Old Students Association); The Spanner, 1963-1988 (yearbook of the City and Guilds College Union); Journal of the Mining and Metallurgical Society, 1848-1951, later Royal School of Mines Journal, 1952-1964; Guilds Engineer, 1950-1964 (Journal of the City and Guilds College and Engineering Society).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged by publication.

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 Student Union and Associations (S), 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:
January 2001

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