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King's College London General Board/Professorial Board/Academic Board Records, Records of the Committee of Deans

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KA/PB/M, KA/PB/RG, KA/PB/AM, KA/PBS/M, KA/PB/GB, KA/PB/SB, KA/DE/M, KA/G/RM
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College London General Board/Professorial Board/Academic Board Records, Records of the Committee of Deans
Date(s): 1868-1990
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent: 41 boxes and volumes
Name of creator(s): King's College London General Board/Professorial Board/Academic Board, Committee of Deans


Administrative/Biographical history:

The General Board was a committee of representatives of the teaching staff that was officially recognised by the Council in 1870. The General Board was chaired by the Principal and comprised the most senior representatives of each department or faculty board, who were styled Deans. The purpose of the General Board was to guide educational policy and provision in areas such as syllabuses and examinations, and was answerable to the College Council. In 1910, the General Board was renamed the Professorial Board of the University of London, King's College. This followed the King's College London (Transfer) Act of 1908 that had incorporated King's in the University of London, separated and made independent of the College, the Hospital and School, and legally divided the remaining departments into two institutions: a secular University of London, King's College, and the Theological Faculty, heir to the title of King's College London. During this period of division until 1980, both institutions retained separate Professorial Boards. The reunification of the two halves of King's in 1980 witnessed the restructuring of these Professorial Boards as a single Academic Board, constituting the main academic committee of the College.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the General Board/Professorial Board/Academic Board and the Committee of Deans at King's College consist of minute books, agenda books, guard books and other papers, 1868-1990; notably including a set of minutes of the Board, 1868-1990, specifically manuscript minute books with signatures, 1868-1948, typescript minute books with signatures, 1948-1980; unsigned typescript minute books, 1980-1985, loose unsigned minutes, 1985- 1990, with rough minutes, 1869-1898 (Ref: KCLCA KA/PB/M, KA/PB/MP, KA/G/RM); agenda books summarising the minutes of the main series, 1910-1980, and also the main Faculty Board Committee minutes, 1904-1915 (Ref: KCLCA KA/PB/AM); guard books containing typescript reports presented to the Board and the various sub-committees of the Board, 1927-1970 (Ref: KCLCA KA/PB/GB); signature books of members of the Professorial Board and the Faculty Boards, 1919-1935 (Ref: KCLCA KA/PB/SB); minutes of the Professorial Board General Purposes Committee, 1969- 1980; Professorial Board Public Lectures Committee minutes, 1958-1960 (Ref: KCLCA KA/PBS/M); minutes of the Committee of Deans (Ref: KCLCA KA/DE/M); manuscript terms of reference for the Board including notes on its origins, 1870 (Ref: KCLCA KA/PB/RG). The range of topics covered is very broad, including examinations, endowments, public and special lectures, student residences, women students, King's College Hospital, Library, relations with the University of London and the King's Council and Delegacy, and especially staff appointments, obituaries and the development of individual departments and faculties. The more recent volumes of the minutes of the Committee of Deans also contain circulars and memoranda relating to the strategic development of the College.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Minutes, agenda and guard books are arranged in chronological order with usually several years covered by each volume. Surviving Faculty Board Minutes are mainly described with related Faculty or Departmental records.

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:

Brief handlists of the contents are available in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

King's College London Academic Board

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives: Council and Delegacy minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/C/M, KA/D/M), the main Secretarial, Registry and Principal's Office series also contain related material (Ref: KCLCA KAS, KAR, KAP). See also Theological Professorial Board minutes (Ref: KCLCA KA/TB/M) and Subject Boards and Faculty minutes including the Faculty of Natural Science (KFN/M).

Publication note:

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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