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King's College London Department of Chemistry Records

Identity Statement

Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London Department of Chemistry Records
Date(s): 1906-1985
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent: 47 archive boxes and volumes
Name of creator(s): King's College London Department of Chemistry
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Chemistry has been taught at King's College since 1831, when John Frederic Daniell was appointed the first Professor of Chemistry. A chair of Practical Chemistry was also endowed in 1851 but lapsed when it was combined with the chair of Chemistry in 1870 under Charles Loudon Bloxam. It formed part of the Medical Department but instruction was also provided in the Department of Applied Sciences and in Evening Classes. Chemistry became part of the Faculty of Science in 1893, the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in 1986, and the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering in 1991. Classes in chemical engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences commenced in 1930, while biochemistry classes formed part of instruction in physiology in the Faculty of Medicine before becoming a discreet department in 1958.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the Chemistry Department, King's College London, comprise minutes, correspondence, cash books, student progress reports, laboratory experimental reports, syllabuses, photographs and publications, 1906-1985. These notably include committee and staff minutes, 1952-1982; correspondence relating to staff appointments and pay awards, 1951-1972; correspondence and photographs relating to alumni, 1924-1979; grant application reports for proposed projects, 1976-1980; working party reports of a joint committee of chemistry departments in the University of London, 1979-1982; cash books, 1923-1931, 1959-1967; mark books for students' laboratory experiments, 1919-1960; laboratory reports of chemistry experiments carried out by students, 1906-1983; syllabuses and course unit synopses, 1960-1985; photographs of students, staff and laboratories, [1910-1980]; printed publications on chemical laboratory apparatus, 1947-1953.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in mainly chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Administrative records are generally closed for 30 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes. Staff and student records are subject to an 80 year closure period after the date of leaving, but may be consulted by Departmental and other College staff with permission from the Head of Department.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

This summary and detailed catalogue online.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Department of Chemistry, King's College London.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London College Archives Student Records (Ref: KCLCA KDCH/FP, KDCH/FPC, KDCH/1-15, KDCH/PH); examination question papers (Ref: KCLCA K/EX); Secretarial series (Ref: KCLCA KAS/AC2); the papers of Professor Sir Charles Loudon Bloxam (Ref: KCLCA Bloxam); papers of Professor William Allen Miller (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 5); papers of Edwin Albert Shearing (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 11); papers of Professor Donald Hey (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 25); papers of Reginald Child (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 40); papers of Professor John Frederic Daniell (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 62).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: College Calendars; Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw, The centenary history of King's College London (London, 1929). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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:
February 2001

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