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King's College London bills, ledgers, journals and cashbooks

Identity Statement

Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London bills, ledgers, journals and cashbooks
Date(s): 1828-1990
Level of description: Series of the sub-fonds King's College London financial records
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Extent: 189 large volumes, 19 boxes, 2 binders
Name of creator(s): King's College London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The founding committee of King's College London first met in 1828 and the College, instituted by Royal Charter in 1829, opened in 1831. Under the King's College London Transfer Act of 1908 the secular departments of the existing King's College London became University of London King's College on 1 January 1910, to be governed by the Senate of the University via a College Delegacy. The theological department was separated from the rest of the College, to be known as King's College London, and continued to be governed by its council. Financial records were usually compiled by the College clerks under the direction of the College Secretary.


Scope and content/abstract:

Financial records of King's College London, 1828-1990, in the form of bills, ledgers, journals and cashbooks, comprising traders' bills, rates and taxes, insurance premiums, accounts and related material, 1828-1895; annual bundles giving fee incomes and individual salaries for King's College, Hospital and School, 1833-1845 (Ref: KA/BB); King's College London ledgers, 1829-1926, on accounts, departments, staff, students and equipment; University of London King's College ledgers, 1909-1917, and ledgers and ledger transfer binders, 1910-1971 but largely post 1917, including capital, administration, maintenance, salaries, departments, research grants, endowments, fees, donations, bank accounts and loans, scholarships and prizes, and superannuation; King's College London ledger transfer binders, 1926-1972, including Theological Department, general funds accounts, hostels, Trust funds, staff salaries, and bank accounts (Ref: KA/L); journals of King's College London, 1829-1977, and of University of London King's College, 1909-1971 (Ref: KA/J); cashbooks, 1829-1980, and summaries of cash receipts, 1875-1909, of King's College London; cashbooks, 1909-1951, payments cashbooks, 1951-1971, and cash receipts, 1909-1983, of University of London King's College (Ref: KA/CB); records of cashbooks departments, 1936-1971 (Ref: KA/CBD); accounting transactions, 1973-1986; Chelsea College transaction print, 1984-1985, and cumulative payroll data, 1986-1990 (Ref: KA/MF); King's College London Faculty of Theology cashbooks, 1910-1980 (Ref: KFT/CB), and ledgers on exhibitions and bursaries, 1949-1980 (Ref: KFT/L); records, mainly cashbooks, for various King's College London hostels, 1902-1974 (Ref: KH/CB, KHV/CB, KHP/CB, KHP/L, KHP/J, KHW/CB, KHH/CB).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in series according to the form of the material and the creator, as indicated.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Finding aids:

Lists available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the creators to King's College London Archives.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives holds other financial records of King's College London and associated bodies: account books, 1828-1959 (Ref: KA/BT/AB, KA/AB, KAF/WPB); salaries and wages books, 1849-1981 (Ref: KA/SAB, KA/WSB); fees books, 1831-1972 (Ref: KA/PFB, KA/SFB, KA/MFB).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: lists at King's College London Archives; F J C Hearnshaw, The Centenary History of King's College London 1828-1928 (George G Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1929), pp 416-17.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
Mar 2001

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