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King's College London University of London records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA UL/M, UL/REG
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London University of London records
Date(s): 1844-1990
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent: 137 boxes and volumes
Name of creator(s): University of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The University of London was established in 1836 as a degree awarding body until its refoundation in 1900 when it adopted the federal structure of the modern teaching University. The Senate was the sole governing and executive body of the University until the creation of the Court under the terms of the University of London Act of 1926. The Senate retained authority over academic affairs, while the Court managed financial matters. The Senate is composed of senior representatives of the Schools, Colleges and Institutes that make up the University and is normally located in the University buildings at Bloomsbury, which were opened in 1936.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the University of London in King's College London Archives consist of Senate minutes, University regulations and calendars, 1844-1990. These comprise minutes of the University Senate, including some appendices, covering regulations, scholarships, finance, social affairs, libraries, general administration and strategic planning, 1950-1981; printed and bound Regulations for Internal Students of the University, 1973-1988; Calendars of the University of London, 1844, 1850, 1869, 1878, 1918-1919, 1923-1930, 1934-1935, 1937-1939, 1947- 1957, 1959-1990. These contain a wealth of information concerning the University and its staff and students, covering the history of the University, regulations, clubs and societies and list the teaching staff of the University and its officers. Calendars up to 1930 also list internal students of the constituent colleges including King's College.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Minutes, regulations and Calendars are arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Principal and College Secretary's Office, 1981-1990.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The relationship between King's and the University can be traced in particular via the Council and Delegacy minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M, KA/D/M). The records of the University of London Archive at Senate House contain original material covering every aspect of the organisation and operation of the University, 1840-1994 (Ref: GB 0096 UoL).

Publication note:

Negley Harte, The University of London, 1836-1986 (London, 1986); S. Gordon Wilson, The University of London and its Colleges (London, 1923).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
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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