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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 UCLCA
Held at: University College London
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Date(s): 1814-2000
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 805 boxes, 1123 volumes, 1130 files, 25 bundles, 81 items, 2 card indexes, 2 plan chests and 5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): University of London | 1826-1836 | renamed University College London
University College London
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

University College London was formally founded as the University of London on 11 February 1826. It was originally set up as a joint stock company as it did not initially receive a Royal Charter. The new 24-member Council adopted the building design submitted by William Wilkins (who was later to design the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square). Academic sessions of the University started in October 1828. It was renamed University College London (UCL) and received its Royal Charter on 28 November 1836. On the same day, a new University of London was established with the power to award degrees in medicine, arts and laws to students from both UCL and King's College London. University College School was founded and opened in 1830. University College Hospital, so named from 1837, was founded as the North London Hospital in 1834. In 1869 the first series of 'lectures for ladies' was given at UCL, under the auspices of the London Ladies' Educational Association. The first mixed classes for men and women were held in 1871. In October 1871 the Slade School of Fine Art was opened in the newly-built north wing of the University. Women were admitted for the first time as full degree students to the Faculties of Science and of Arts and Laws in 1878. Under the University College London (Transfer) Act of 1905, in 1907 UCL was incorporated into the University of London and ceased to have a separate legal existence, also parting company with University College Hospital and University College School. Women were first admitted as full students to the Faculty of Medicine in 1917. In 1978 a new Royal Charter restored UCL's legal independence from the University of London. In 1986 the Institute of Archaeology was incorporated into UCL. The School of Slavonic and East European Studies merged with UCL in 1999.


Scope and content/abstract:

Archives of University College London, 1824-2000, comprising College Council and Committee records, 1825-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/CC); records of the Managing Committee and its predecessors, 1831-1968 (Ref: UCLCA/CM); Senate, Professorial and Academic Board records, 1826-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/ACAD); general administration papers, 1824-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/ADMIN); legal records [1824]-1993 (Ref: UCLCA/LEG); financial records, 1825-1939 (Ref: UCLCA/FIN); estates records, 1825-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/EST); personnel records, 1826-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/PERS); departmental records, 1827-[1986] (Ref: UCLCA/DEP), including the Institute of Archaeology, 1884-1998 (Ref: UCLCA/IA), Petrie Museum, 1814-1992 (Ref: UCLCA/PETMUS/WFP1-2), and Slade School of Fine Art, 1868-1996 (Ref: UCLCA/SS); student administration records, 1828-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/SA); student bodies records, 1833-1992 (Ref: UCLCA/SB); University College School records, 1829-1905 (Ref: UCLCA/UCS); printed matter, including annual reports, College calendars, and other College publications; illustrative and audio-visual material, including photographs, portraits, newscuttings and film footage.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged within each administrative function.

Conditions governing access:

The records are divided between University College London Records Office and University College London Special Collections. In general, a 30 year closure period is applied to administrative and committee papers, 80 years for student and staff records, and 100 years for personal medical records.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Individual descriptions of the 15 sub-fonds named are available online. Some parts of the collection have handlists and indexes. See also:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Produced and accumulated by University College London during the course of its business.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of University College London Medical Bodies, comprising the Hospital (Ref: UCL/MED/UCH), Medical School (Ref: UCL/MED/HMS) and Dental School (Ref: UCL/MED/HDS).

Also held are:

MS ADD 31: University College London, Department of Natural Philosophy Apparatus Books

MS ADD 31: University College London, Department of Natural Philosophy: List of apparatus

MS ADD 35: London University Plans

MS ADD 37: University College, London: Department of Zoology Building

MS ADD 40: University College, London, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering: Class Book

MS ADD 41: University College, London: Department of Electrical Technology Class Book

MS ADD 43: University College, London: Department of Physics Class Book

MS ADD 45: University College, London: Visitors' Book

MS ADD 48: University College, London: Debit Notes

MS ADD 51: University College, London: Guild of Graduates Minute Book

MS ADD 52: Association for Promoting a Teaching University for London Minute Book

MS ADD 54: University College, London: Chair of American History Correspondence

MS ADD 55: University College, London, Library. Catalogue of the Fine Art Library

MS ADD 56: London University General and Council Meetings Notes

MS ADD 62: University College London Library Funds

MS ADD 63: University College London: Roundhead Debating Society Papers

MS ADD 78: University College London: Debating Society Minute Books

MS ADD 83: University College London: Old Students Association Minute Books

MS ADD 84: University College London Statistics

MS ADD 85: University College London: Local Association of University Teachers Minutes Book

MS ADD 98: 'Vivat Regina' Libretto

MS ADD 99: University College London: Gymnasium Society Minutes and Accounts

MS ADD 100: London University: Theological Institution Letter

MS ADD 101: London University Student Progress Reports

MS ADD 102: Quain Invoice

MS ADD 105: University College London: Flaxman Gallery Subscription Fund Letterbook

MS ADD 106: University College Hall Inventory

MS ADD 115: University College London Council

MS ADD 123: University College London: Women's Union Debating Society Minute Books

MS ADD 127: University College London, Department of Zoology

MS ADD 139: Douglas Galton Letters

MS ADD 171: University College London Library, Book Orders

MS ADD 204: Bellot Papers

MS ADD 212: University College London Visitors' Book

MS ADD 214: Ely Notes

MS ADD 230: University College London, Medical Society

MS ADD 232: University College London, Department of Electrical Engineering Account Book

MS ADD 233: University College London, Galton Laboratory

MS ADD 239: Electrical Laboratory Notes

MS ADD 341: D M S Watson Typescript

MS ADD 342: University College London, Department of Zoology

MS ADD 344: University College London, Students' Union and Women's Union Society

MS ADD 347: University College London, Faculty of Medical Sciences

MS ADD 348: University College London, Anatomy Building Sub-Committee Minutes

MS ADD 351: Bayliss-Starling Memorial Committee

MS ADD 352: University College London, Department of Physiology

MS ADD 353: Starling Memorial Dinner

MS ADD 354: University College London, Physiological Society

MS ADD 355: University College London, Department of Physiology

MS ADD 359: University College London, Science Society

MS ADD 360: University College London, Birkbeck Laboratory of Chemistry

MS ADD 361: Royal Institution of Great Britain

MS ADD 362: Lecture Admission Cards

MS ADD 363: Foundation of University College London Papers

MS ADD 364: Albert University Papers

MS ADD 365: Library Assistants Memorandum

MS ADD 366: East London College, English Chair Application

MS ADD 367: Thomas Roger Smith Papers

MS ADD 368: University of London Senate Petition

MS ADD 369: University College London Prospectus

MS ADD 370: 50th Anniversary of Department of Geography Papers

MS ADD 371: Invitation to opening of the Obstetric Hospital and Nurses Home

MS ADD 373: University College London, Department of Anatomy

MS ADD 374: Funeral service for Arthur Albert Brown

MS ADD 375: University College London, Department of Anatomy

MS ADD 388: History of UCL Sports Ground

MS ADD 391: NUS Report on Graduate Unemployment, 1937

MS ADD 393: Joyce Pearson Papers

MS ADD 395: Crabtree Papers

MS ADD 398: UCL Safety Policy Papers

MS ADD 404: Printing Press (English Department) Papers

MS ADD 408: Rosa Morrison Memorial Medal Fund

MS ADD 416: Quain Prize

MS ADD 419: Donovan Letters

MS ADD 420: Papers of Bernard Harries

MS ADD 439: Photographs of a Production of UCL Dramatic Society

MS ADD 443: UCH Medical School Student Reports (MS ADD 443).

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies retains its own records, and also holds deposited collections in its Library, which are described on its website:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: University College London, 1826-1926 by H Hale Bellot (University of London Press, London, 1929); The World of UCL, 1828-1990 by Negley Harte and John North (University College London, London, 1991); University College London Calendars and Annual Reports. Compiled by Annabel Dodds as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
Oct 2000

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