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King's College London General Court and Corporation Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KA/G/M, KA/G/GB, KA/G/N
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London General Court and Corporation Records
Date(s): 1830-1979
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent: 15 volumes
Name of creator(s): General Court and Corporation


Administrative/Biographical history:

The original Charter of King's College London established a Corporation comprising the governors and proprietors of King's, including four perpetual ecclesiastical representatives, five perpetual lay governors and King's shareholders. The General Court was the Annual General Meeting of the Corporation at which a treasurer and auditors were appointed and new members of the Council elected. Fellows were admitted to the Corporation according to the new Charter of 1882. The Corporation and Council retained overall responsibility for the theological King's College London following the King's College London (Transfer) Act of 1908, while the secular side of King's was incorporated in the University of London under the broad direction of the University Senate and managed by a Delegacy.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the General Court and Corporation consist of minute books, guard books and lists of members of the Court, 1830-1979. These comprise minutes of the Governors and Proprietors of King's College London, which from 1882 was entitled the General Court of the Corporation, including accounts and other papers, 1830-1979 (Ref: KA/G/M 1-5); Corporation guard books, mainly accounts and estimates relating to the Theological Department, 1927- 1978 (Ref: KA/G/GB); lists of new subscribers and donors, 1832-1834 (Ref: KA/G/M 6); lists of members nominated or elected to Council and Court, and names of treasurers and auditors, 1830-1979 (Ref: KA/G/N); minutes of meetings to elect the Principal or Headmaster of King's College School, 1843-1910 (KA/G/M 7).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged into the main series as above and broadly chronologically within each series.

Conditions governing access:

Generally open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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:

A brief list of the contents of the collection is available in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Please refer to the Council and Delegacy minutes for the decisions referred to in General Court and Corporation minute book series (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M, KA/D/M).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw, A centenary history of King's College London, 1828-1928 (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:
July 2001

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